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"A worthy rival for Final Fantasy."
5 stars"
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I have waited a long time to have this game so I was pretty excited to have this as a gift from my girlfriend. So what about this game makes it great? Well, there many reasons but I will give you the reasons that made me choose this game.

First, the graphics are awesome on this game. Everything from the characters, to the environment and the creature design is so good that it makes the gamer feel as if he's inside a living, breathing world. The game is just visually breathtaking. Next, I shall discuss the gameplay. While still on the border of being a classic RPG, Eternal Sonata has its own unique elements which can really make the game engaging. From full character customization to the “Light and Dark” elements in the game makes the player carefully plan his moves eliminating the hack-and-slash feel of the game. And I think the greatest selling point for Eternal Sonata is the storyline. At first glance, you might think that this game is all but a kid's game and I tell you, you're definitely wrong. I find that underneath the vibrant setting of this game lies a dark and mature plot that all RPG enthusiasts will love. It's a truly different take on the life of the famous musician Frederic Chopin.

Eternal Sonata is an amazing experience every RPG lover should have. It also will provide a good past time while we all wait for Final Fantasy. So is Eternal Sonata a worthy Final Fantasy rival? Possibly. But is Eternal Sonata a great gaming experience? A big and resounding YES.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.
"A standard JRPG, fun but forgettable"
4 stars"
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After investing 40+ hours into this game, thought I should write something here about the game for you who are sitting no the fence :P

Well there's no word describes this game better than the word standard. If you've played Legend of Heroes, Grandia, the older Final Fantasy or 100 other titles out there, you'd know what this game is like. Town-->Maze-->Town-->Maze with some cutscenes in between and a choice of handful cartoon characters, this game works well but offers no surprise.

However is it a poorly made game? Definitely no. And here are the pros. The visuals are pretty especially if you like the anime style. Game is filled with soothing and beautiful music that consists of both original tracks and Chopin's works. A fair storyline that would appeal to younger players. There are some clever designed puzzles/mazes. And best of all, yes, it offers a rather engaging battle system, which requires quick planning and reflexes, especially some of the boss fights can be very challenging. (Oh and of course the game runs well, there hasn't been any noticable bugs or other quality issues).

The cons, you won't be expecting an emotional memorable ride here. The whole plot would be explained in 100 words and it is very slow-paced and frequently repeated for younger players. And as the game goes the story develops even more slowly, huge portion of the game is just maze after maze, its fun if you are a casual gamer and invest less than an hour playing this once a while, but the battle gets rather repetitive and dreadful if you are trying to rush through the game. For players with much JRPG experience, the entire 50 hours of play time will be no different from the first five minutes.

In conclusion, if you want some casual, lighthearted fun and you are rather new to classic JRPG, this would be a good title to own.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"I can't stop playing!"
5 stars"

I bought this game cos i love Chopin and RPGs. After a while of playing, I cannot put down my controller… because it was just too fun to stop.. Few things i want to say: The battle system: It's amazing, it's new and creative, you don't expect to see a brand new way of fighting in RPGs these days cos there are so many of them. BUT! utilizing real time, the classic turn based fighting and the battlefield's lig­ht/darkness areas made it a whole new exciting experience, it also doesn't get boring and repeatitive as other games, cos as you advance further into the game, your party level goes up and new things are added to the fighting, like echoes, harmony chains etc.. and loading time..... wow, so fast from normal to battle screen. Music: Music is great, every town every areas have their own unique music that fits perfectly to the mood and story. Also, you get to listen to some of Chopin's master­pieces, and learn about Chopin while listening to it. Simply astounding music. Graphics are great and story is very absorbing… i'd write more but i don't want it to look like an essay lol. Get it and find out how great this game is XD

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


A unique role-playing experience, Eternal Sonata lets gamers travel with 19th century composer Frederic Chopin as he explores a magical dream world during his final hours among the living. Utilizing a breathtaking cel-shaded graphics engine that gives form to the ethereal beauty of Chopin’s music, the game transports players to a vivid world inhabited by brave heroes, fearsome monsters and stunning environments. The game’s fast-paced battle system features an innovative “light and dark” mechanic which allows players to execute different special attacks depending on whether they stand in light or shadow, and transforms enemies into new and fearsome forms. Combining turn-based and real-time elements, this system allows for creative strategy and engaging action in each encounter, breaking new ground in the role-playing genre.

  • Custom-Made for Next-Gen: Enjoy amazing, high-definition, anime style cel-shading and high quality textures shine to truly deliver an awesome next gen experience.
  • Innovative Battle System: Battle using a unique hybrid turn based/action RPG system that combines free-roam and turn-based action (up to three players during battle).
  • Strategic Use of Light and Darkness: Adjust your battle strategy in the ongoing struggle between light and darkness. Beware of enemies lurking in the shadows, as their stats - attacks and potency - will change, as will their physical form. Lure them out into the light or destroy them there in the cloak of darkness. Also, change your special attacks depending on whether you are in the light….or in the dark.
  • Dramatic and Evolving Storyline: Experience a deeply moving story focusing on the enduring struggle between good and evil all while taking place in a dream during the final 3 hours of world-famous music composer Frederic Chopin’s life.
  • Mesmerizing Music: Listen as world-renowned pianist Stanislav Bunin performs Chopin’s original compositions, which are a key element in the environment and story of Eternal Sonata.
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February 19th, 2009
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