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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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???
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.
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.