Eternal Sonata ( PS3 )
Everyone knows there has been a big lack of Japanese RPGs for the PS3 since it's launch. Well, Namco Bandai has re-released its first Xbox 360 JRPG For the PS3 with additional content, but is it worth it if you owned the 360 version? The Graphics The graphics are very good for the genre. The color palette is wide and it really seems as though the world is LIVING, the exact opposite of a lot of games this generation ( sadly ). The character models are great and the same goes for the details in the environment. Two letdowns : You can't rotate the camera, which would have permitted the players to see the beautiful environments in all their glory, and there is a particular extra dungeon which constantly uses the same room over and over with the same color and it eventually gets annoying. Aside from these 2 things it is really a nice looking game. The Story This is where the game lacks substance, especially the ending which is really weird. Basically, it's the story of Frederic Francois Chopin, famed Polish composer and pianist, who is about to die. The story takes place within his dream. An evil count is putting high taxes on everything except mineral powder ( a very strong medicine that supposedly cures all illness ), which he produces. However, the heroes of this story learn about something that people who consume mineral powder don't know about. A rather unpleasing side effect ( not to spoil anything ). So, they set out to ask, kindly, for Count Waltz to drop the taxes on other things as well, thinking he doesn't know about the side effects. And it simply goes downhill from there. There are no real plot twists and all that is happening is really predictable, except for the final boss which makes absolutely no sense at all. The Gameplay That aspect of the game really shines. The battles are handled in a similar way than ''Tales of'' games. Similar but turn-based. basically, when you touch a monster on the field ( no random encounters ), a battle starts. The arena is most of the time circular and every character and enemies take turns. When it is one of your 3 characters' turn, you perform actions in real-time such as attacking, using special attacks and using items. When it is the enemies' turn, you can block their attack. However, you cannot simply mash the guard button, you have to get the timing correctly when the Chance Icon appears. Blocking is mandatory and really keeps you on your toes during the enemies' turn. Also, as the game progresses, the party levels raises, hindering some aspect and improving other aspects, such as giving the opportunity to build the echo meter ( thus making the special attacks stronger ) or using Harmony chains ( Chains of special attacks between different characters ). one thing I didn't like about the battle system is that all items you can use in battle are kept in an item set, which you need to reload as your reserves deplete and it can get annoying, especially if you forget to resupply just before a boss battle and you go in with only but a few items. Also, the difficulty is higher in the PS3 version than the 360 version which makes it more exciting. The Sound Not much to say about the music except that it's absolutely brilliant. There are brief pauses during chapters in which you can hear Chopin's music playing ( which you can skip anyways if you're not a fan ) and most of the music is composed by Motoi Sakuraba. The battle and boss musics are some of the best I've ever heard in a game and the same can be said about the Field music. Overall It is a truly great experience that should not be missed by JRPG fans who have been longing for one of those games on PS3. The game can be done in 25 hours if you rush your way through but after that you can play a New Game which is more difficult and in which you can change the party levels at will. The extra content for the PS3 version is : 2 new characters, additional endings, 2 new dungeons and bonus costumes for 3 of the characters. Those who
A Solid JRPG
This being the first JRPG I completed on the PS3 system,
I had a feeling it was gonna be a good experience.
The characters and the story are really good, the graphics are awesome especially on an HDTV. The controls take a bit to get used to, but once you do the game becomes easier to play. I really liked the battle system it's very different from anything else you'll play especially if you like JRPGs in general. The sound gets a lower 7 because some of the voice acting is terrible, they could have used better actors especially for the younger childlike characters you get. But other than that it's a great game.
A Great Game For Experienced and Novice Gamers
I first came across this game when I randomly decided to purchase a game from gamestop nothing particular in mind just wanted something to play and return in a few days. I ended getting a surprisingly enjoyable game that peak my interest for way longer than I expected. Now yes i will say graphics are average and storyline is very predictable and not very in-depth but honestly it was just a fun game. For those of you like myself who are gamers but have friends less than interested in a 80hr gaming experience this works perfect as a intro to rpgs, while still having the option of more intense gameplay to satify the more seasoned gamer. Play this inbetween your annual purchases and main games and you'll find yourself a very enjoyable story and phenominal music n eternal sonata
One of the Best!!
This was absolutely one THE best RPG games I have ever played. The music is amazing, the gameplay is awesome. The only thing that I didn't really like about it was that some of the boss's were extremely hard to beat, and sometimes it took me a long time to finally beat them. You have to block at just the right time, or more than half of your life meter will go out, or your character will just die, but overall, this game is AMAZING!! I strongly recomend this game to anyone who love's RPGs.
top ten all time for me of all genres and game typ
just the graphics and sound alone blow you away. I had so much with this. Only thing i could see people complaining about is the grinding.
great its a 9 out 10 great game
this game is great great music great battle system a must have
Love action RPGs? Me too!
This game takes action RPGs to a whole new level. Check it out. Buy it. It's a good buy.
It's almost like a dream.
The graphics are excellent, the voices are done well, the worlds and places you adventure to are beautiful. I've played many of the rpg's on PS3 and this one is my favorite. The story is really well made and it will make you sad once you finish it. The battle system is great. You control your character for a small amount of time and do attacks and spells etc. Then it moves onto another person on your team or the enemy. It's turn based but it doesn't feel restricting at all since you are able to run around and do whatever you want. The music in this game is absolutely amazing. Some of the songs are by Chopin so they sound really good and many of the other themes in the game are really nice as well. As you complete each chapter in the game, it gives you a small history lesson on what was going on in Chopin's life and you learn a few things about the past. It has some parts that are actually quite hard to beat so you must level up a lot during the game to avoid getting killed instantly. The ending portion is very good and interesting. You will go through many battles and they are hard. For the price now, the game is definitely worth it. It took me just a little over 30 hours to beat and I wish it were longer. There is no other game like this. I highly suggest it if you like rpg's or if you like graphics that make you feel like your part of a dream.
Fun Turn Based Game!
The music is absolutely beautiful! So far I love the gameplay and the battling system isn't bad either! I love the changing of special attacks due to it being night or daytime. Great game!!
BEST MUSICAL GAME EVER!
IF YOU LOVE MUSIC THEN THIS IS THE GAME FOR YOU! THE WHOLE THING IS BASED AROUND MUSIC! THE CHARACTERS HAVE MUSICAL NAMES AND SO DO THE PLACES! THIS IS THE BEST GAME EVER (besides Kingdom Hearts)!