Eternal Sonata Review
OK, when I first bought this game, I thought, is this really going to be a good game? I myself am a musician, so I thought it would be a good game. After I started to play, I couldn't ever stop. I really never beat it, but I know that it's one of the best games I've ever played, or maybe the best. I really like the music in this game, because all of it is mostly of Chopin's music. It's incredible. The battle system keeps you hooked, and who doesn't want that? I know I would like a good battle system. The only thing that really bothered me was the short movie scenes about Chopin. It has nothing to do with the story. It's kind of upsetting, but the game makes up for it by giving you a good time. Sometimes, you could put down the controller, or just sit there, and listen to the music. My favorite music was when the battle started, during the battle, and when you win the battle. I know, its funny, but its the truth. That's all I have to say about the game! ITS A MUST HAVE RPG!!!!!
Overall, this was an exceptional game. The game play has a high rated value. You can battle monsters in both the light and dark. Depending on which area, and monster it is, they can transform and change with the day/night time. The character design was really cute. There are so many brand new characters at first, but they each have their own distinct personality. They are each so cute and distinct. Recently, this game was re-released for the PS3 with two brand new characters among other things that have been added. The battle system in the game is really fun, and is also well thought out. I like how each character has a musical name. The game time and game play is high. I think that it ranges between 30-40 hours. If you want to find every single item and extra in the game, it can last a lot longer. If you want this to be a gift for someone, they will be very happy to receive this game. I would have to rate this game a 9/10 or a 8 at the lowest. It is sure to bring smiles to other people's faces.
The best pure-RPG on the 360 to date.
By "pure-RPG," I mean the classic RPG in which the story trumps all. Where your first stop in every new town is the weapon/armor shop to fully upgrade your characters. Where you fall in love with the characters and the game's scenery makes it feel like an escape into a fantasy world. Fallout and Oblivion are "Free-form RPGs" and their experiences are dictated by the adventures themselves. Neither Oblivion, Fallout, or Fallout: NV had great stories that hooked you, although they were all amazing games. I just had to clarify that because Fallout and Elder Scrolls are RPGs, just not the kind that Eternal Sonata is. ES is easily the best pure-RPG on the 360. Besides Polka and Chopin at time, all of the characters are lovable and you'll find yourself feeling sad for Viola and Falsetto, yet laughing at the antics of Salsa and Beat. Allegretto will have you rooting for him and you will really hate Count Waltz as the game progresses. The game, like many J-RPGS, tries to teach life lessons with ridiculous metaphors, although I find this entertaining and with good intention. Even the coldest heart will feel for Polka being shunned and for her hometown being driven into shambles by the mineral powder sales. The game is fun all the way through, although the fighting does get harder as you go through the game. The fighting system gives you less time to act and think later in the game, but it also introduces combo chains and with the right planning and equipment, you can do unimaginable amounts of damage, which I love. Any RPG player looks forward to the point in the game where all of your hard work pays off and you turn into a combat god, even though the game's characters still treat you like you're an average person in the story. To get all 1,000 gamescore, you do have to play through the game twice and the game's enemies have more health and attack the second-time through, but in all honesty, I loved playing it again. Your characters keep their levels and equipment and you can get new equipment only available the second time playing it. Most notably is the Sun Sword for Allegretto which makes every hit a critical hit. Yeah, match that up with equipment that gives you double combo hits and you really are unstoppable. This game was a gem and it was very overlooked, along with Tales of Vesperia. Any RPG fan would love this game and the 1,000 gamerscore is very easy and possible to get, if you're into that sort of thing. My friends and I all have all 1,000. You won't be disappointed with this game.
When I first saw the preview for Eternal Sonata in my copy of Game Informer I figured I would like the game due to the fact that it was being released by Namco Bandai. A couple days after it was released I rented it and invited some friends over to play with me. The controls were a bit odd at first but once you got the hang of them they stuck like glue. The story was pretty original and the characters acted just like you would expect them to. The graphics really stood out in my opinion I really enjoyed seeing the cell-shading on the environments and the characters. The battles were pretty good as well. When your turn was over you also had a chance to block or eventually counter the enemies attacks which gave you something to due besides watch the enemies. Overall I really enjoyed the game, the fact that it was multiplayer just made it that much better. I can't wait to play the new version on my PS3.
Great Game, period
When I saw this game on the shelves I decided to buy it, because a friend just told me how wonderful it was and recommended it. When I first started playing it, i took some time to get used to, but later, after the prolouge and etc, it became one of the best games I've ever played. The gameplay and action is exciting as you get through things called "party levels", which as you progress, makes the game slightly more hard. But the cutscenes are amazing. They have so much thought in them, and draws you in to reflect about yourself. The music is the best part of it, though. By Motoi Sakuraba, (excuse me if I got his name wrong...) the music fits into each situation perfectly. From mellow and soft to hardcore and, well, epic, the music helps you stay in touch with the game. Plus at chapter intervals, you learn about Chopin's life, explaining mostly with music pieces he had created. All in all, I think this game is for those people who're not into harcore shooter games and epic themes or whatever, but someone who enjoys a philosophical adventure, JRPG, and a laid-back calming game.
Perfect for the visually and tactfully inspired.
Off the bat, you're introduced with a very beautiful game. The music is grand, the actual historical cut scenes of Chopins life are grand, the game play is grand. You don't simply mash "A" over and over. You're to use your turns wisely but easy enough that it is fun. This game has been on my top 3 favorites list since its release and that has yet to change even as I've played it numerous times. Everything about it is grand.
Eternal Sonata was shorts than i expected but worth the money. I became addicted with the game quickly with the unique fighting style, beautiful graphics, and the unique characters. However, the character names aren't very unique they are named after various things related to music - specifically sheet music and most like piano keys. The storyline was generally good accept for the constant history stories of Fredrick's life. The unique attributes to the game are score pieces - easy ways to get free items. Although in the stores throughout the game , which there isn't many, weapons and items are cheap. You can easily gain money from photographs that beat can take using his special attack. This game was generally good. I'd give it a 9/10. It has it's ups and downs. I beat this game pretty quick. probably around 25-35 hours of gameplay. i was rather sad when it ended.
Eternal Sonata, if you haven’t bought it already, is a must buy for any RPG lover. It has a very unique battle system that you don't see on most turn based RPGs. You’re given a certain amount of time for your turn and you can basically do what you want with your character to move him or her on the battlefield either toward the enemy to make an attack or away to create a good defensive strategy. It is also multiplayer which is another rarity for RPGs. It’s a lot more fun to beat up fantasy creatures with your musical instrument weapon of destruction with a friend :). The graphics and sound are pretty darn impressive, and the interface / controls are very easy to get use to, even for people who aren’t use to playing turn based RPGs. The storyline is the selling point of the game though. It’s almost like finding that perfect movie/book and feeling like your right there with the characters. The only problems I had with the game is its not that challenging and there’s not much along the lines of customizing your character but it still has plenty of entertainment value. If you’re still unsure if Eternal sonata is right for you at least rent it to try it, you won’t be disappointed.
I am a JRPG (Regular and mmorpg are good to) fan. this is the first RPG game for the xbox consoles that I actually enjoyed playing. I thank Microsoft for putting out high quality RPGs on there system (only took them 1.33 generations). The music I would have given a twelve if possible (It's the best I have heard in a game). The story needs a sequel, due to the ending (while 30-40 minutes) not addressing major points. The story is very good though. The environment and character designs are beautiful and are far above another game out for this system (cough blue dragon cough). the battle system is easy to do, but near impossible to master (Thankfully you don't have to master it to beat the game). The characters and voice acting are good, believable, and funny. The controls are responsive and forgiving. there is going to be a PS3 special edition of the game, however it is still TBA (as of April first 2008). so count on another year or two for that, they are planning more playable characters, cut scenes, system that changes appearance with weapons and armor and of course more weapons and armor pieces. In conclusion if you like RPG (especially JRPGs) pick up this game it's well worth it.
Awesome gameplay but never really finished
I had absolutely loved this game from the start but at the end when **SPOILER* after you fight Fredrick and then polka jumps off but is saved by the agogos,**SPOILER OVER* it just kinda stops there. It never tells you about what happened with the mineral powder or anything they even went to forte to do! Otherwise, this game was absolutley perfect, and there are tons of save spots so you can have multiple games going at once and you can play as many times as you want. You can also opt. for multiplayer battling so you can go through the story and when you battle, three people can play at once (or two and somebody can controll two people while the other controlls one). So other than the hanging story line, this was a phenomenal game and i would reccomend it for anybody.