Rated 9 out of 10
by SuperSlyparty 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.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Capriccio ES
I think the game is beautiful, the way it sidelines a real-life composer with a fantasy world and teaches kids a little about him along the way. It's not often that a game with ties to the real world can hold my attention, but this one had me glued to my seat for hours at a time. The music, though I'd never heard of Chopin before this, was beautiful and I found myself seeking out the songs on the internet just to listen to while I was doing things on my computer. The storyline grasps at you with realistic characters, makes you attached to every one of them. Their personalities are so diverse and still you can't find a reason not to like one. How you can find parallels in his dream to things in his real life, like the Revolution Poland fought in that he couldn't be a part of.The gameplay I found was easy, though my level of gaming expertise led me to getting my behind beaten quite a few times. The only thing I really saw that bothered me was the maze like dungeons.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Goldsounds What a great RPG - glad its here for PS3
I pre-ordered Eternal Sonata right when it was available. And so far it has been a great purchase. I have been waiting for awhile now for a great RPG to play on the PS3 and this game does not disappoint. The Graphics: Are amazing! I'm surprised at the colors in the game and how vivid they are. Gameplay: You cannot control the camera in the outside world, and its got that "final fantasy mystic quest" feel where all the monsters are visible on the world map. But its the battles that make this game great. At first its kinda repetitive (a mix between a turn based RPG and "kingdom hearts" style play) but once you get better, your "party" will level, making the battle more and more difficult. The menu is easy to navigate, and the cuts are nice (use japanese voices, w/eng subs, its much better that way). All in all its a great and much needed RPG for the PS3. The Extra suff makes it better than the other system.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Musica An interesting RPG
I have never been a fan of RPGs because they always tend to be long, uncreative and repetitive. However, when I first saw Eternal Sonata, I was immediately mesmerized by its storyline, characters and music. The game's storyline is based on the famous composer Chopin, and his final dream. The game also uses songs from the original composer as well as characters drawn in a Baroque style that neatly fits the storyline. The character designs are unique and are named after musical terms. The only thing I can say is that the characters sometimes have the most unfitting emotions in which at times can be hilarious. Unlike other RPGs Eternal Sonata uses the light and shadow to base a characters attack. Eternal Sonata's battle system evolves throughout the story as the characters grow and the plot develops. This not only separates Eternal Sonata from other RPGs but also brings a new form of battling enemies.
Rated 0 out of 10 by SaikoNinja Finally~!
For those that have missed out on playing this awesome RPG, it's finally coming to the PS3! This game was one of the reasons I was going to get an X-Box 360 (among a few others), but now that it's finally coming out on the PS3 (which it originally was intended to come out on this system), there's no need to get another system! This game features awesome in-game music plus the fact that Frederic Chopin (one of my favorite classical composers) has his music featured in it throughout the whole story. This game might not exactly be for everyone out there, nor is it exactly something that could match up to the upper-tier titles, but this game truly is one worth buying if you are a fan of Japanese RPG. Another thing to note is that the PS3 version will have extras that the 360 version won't have which makes the purchase that much more worth it! Time to go make that reserve! w00t!
Rated 9 out of 10 by NevakDeveraux Resonating with Beauty
THIS GAME IS A MUST BUY FOR PS3 OWNERS! The Playstation 3 has been lacking in JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games) lately. Eternal Sonata is a perfect addition to its library. I first played the game on the Xbox 360, and it was fantastic. It is even better on the Playstation 3.The graphics are absolutely stunning. It feels like you're in an animated movie, rather than an animated game. It feels a little more crisper and vibrant on the Playstation 3 than the Xbox 360. I think Eternal Sonata has set the standard for animated RPGs to follow; you really can't get better presentation than this. The soundtrack is nothing short of a masterpiece. It's a great interlude of instrumental music with a classic feel. What really separates the PS3 version from its Xbox 360 counterpart is the addition of extra content; new items, new bosses, two new dungeons, and two new playable characters.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Maikeru I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This game was one reason why i wanted to buy a xbox360 but i held back and prayed it would come to the PS3!!!!! and now its finally on the horizon!!!!! yeahhhhhhh!!!!!!! (just one more month to go!!!!!)-today is September 21rst. if you love the Tales series you gotta play this game!!!!! i am a fan of Tri-Ace which is now Tri-Cresendo who does the Star Ocean games (which is another great series like Tales) and when i first saw previews for this game i like died!!!!!!! if you own a PS3 this is one game you have to pick up this fall!!!! in my opinion the PS3 needs this game as we are seriously lacking RPG games at the moment! well in the meantime i will go back to playing Tales of the Abyss on my rickety old PS2 until this game comes out.....hopefully Namco Bandai games will give us Tales of Vesperia to! i dunno, my payers came true once didn't they???
Rated 9 out of 10 by GoldinEagle Magic of a Dream
Eternal Sonata is a wonderfully beautiful and amazing work of art. The graphics, while not the realistic looking type that we go for today, are gorgeous. They are so vivid and so detailed, all the way from the hair and clothes of the characters, to the surroundings. Not an inch is missed! The music is truly unique and adds to the game, featuring many of Chopins arrangements as well as the introduction of some others. It can, however, get repetitive at times. This RPG introduces an new type of battle system involving light and dark characteristics for characters/monsters moves and even the form monsters can take. The battle system also combines both elements of active time battles and turn based play, bringing an entirely new type of play that you must develop a strategy for! And it only gets more exciting as you continue your quest! If you already own the XBox 360 version, don't think that this one is just a port as it offers additional dungeons and playable characters so that you can have a different gameplay experience! It's a wonderful game and I would most definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a good RPG for the PS3.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Mikel93 O-M-FRIGGEN-G
An AMAZING game! So fun to play, even if it is a Demo! Playing that game is almost like reliving the greatest video gaming moment in your life, over, and over, and over again! You just don't want to stop, and even in the demo you can get so strong at the just begining, but keep the game fair at the same time! There can never be a negitive review for this game! It is AH-MAY-ZING. Another thing you'll always notice while you play is the increidbly smooth game play, every step in the game is perfect, no roaming pixels, no fly away colors, or graphics! The games so great that it doesn't even have those invisible walls that everyone always complains about! Simply walking around the game is a joy, watching the beautifully laid around graphics unwrap themselves infront of you while you move and and what, it really is a sight for SORE-SORE eyes!
Rated 10 out of 10 by Would Sure it's already been out for a year but..
If you don't own a 360, and are in some need for some JRPG loving on your PS3, then it's a sure buy. The game looks, sounds, and plays great. Great story. Battles are quick and entertaining with no random encounters. The game can be forgiving, but with the light/dark mechanics and with the ability to counter/guard the challenge is there. Not much else is coming out in the fourth quarter of 2008 for the genre on the PS3, so this is likely as good as it gets right now. That however isn't a bad thing per se, as the game is solid. The PS3 version of the game is also adding extra content, ranging from new battles, quests, playable characters, to little things such as alternate costumes. If for some reason you missed this on the 360 and own a PS3, then grab this version of the game as you will only benefit.