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Eternal Sonata by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.

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Eternal Sonata is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 25.
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  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.
  • Developer: Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc.
  • Category: Role-Playing

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On October 17, 1849, Frederic Chopin, one of the most influential composers for the piano, succumbed to sickness and died at the young age of 39. Three hours prior to that, in the world according to this RPG, Chopin saw a dream of a fairy-tale land populated by people with incurable diseases but also magical powers. Eternal Sonata takes place in this dream world. Chopin comes into contact with Polka, a young girl who resides with her mother in the village of Tenuto. Polka is near her death, and Chopin, Polka, and her young friend Allegretto as they look for some way to make use of Polka's great powers to help save her. It's a whimsical fantasy, but this RPG designed by developer tri-Crescendo also a complex and combo-based battle system of swords and magic weaponry. In keeping with inspiration, music and story play a big part in Eternal Sonata. Performing the piano numbers that Chopin left to the world is Russian pianist Stanislav Bunin, with musical composition by noted game composer Motoi Sakuraba. challenge other gamers on Xbox Live®.

On his deathbed, the famous composer Chopin drifts between this life and the next. In his final hours, he experiences a fantastical dream where he encounters a young girl facing a terrible destiny and the boy who will fight to save her. On the border between dreams and reality, Chopin discovers the light that shines in all of us in this enduring tale of good and evil, love and betrayal. Developed by Tri-Crescendo and featuring the music of Chopin, Eternal Sonata delivers amazingly detailed 3-D graphics, a captivating storyline and an innovative action battle system.
  • Custom-made for next-gen: Enjoy amazing, high-definition, anime style cel-shading and high quality textures that 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 (with 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. 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 three 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.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best RPG for Xbox 360 I honestly made a big mistake when I traded this game in. The best RPG game on Xbox 360 that I have played to date. I was looking back on it on youtube and imagined me playing it again. Love it since it involves music. Can't wait to play it again!
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful game, although it has its problems... I have had my eye on this game for some time, and now that I managed to try out the demo and got the game on a sale (I got the game for $3.74, which is awesome!), I can finally experience such a beautiful game. Let us start with the story... it is centers around the 19th century musician, Frédéric François Chopin, or just 'Frederic' or 'Chopin' would be fine, who is in his deathbed, unconscious as he tries to battle his sickness. In his final hours, he would live in a dream, a dream that is exactly like another world all together. In this world, there are people that can use Magic. Anyone can use magic... but only when they are dying. By either an illness, injury, or something else. Honestly, that part isn't really fully explained, along with other things. Anyway! In this world, Chopin must travel through a world based on music and try to find out the truth... is the world he is in a dream? Or is it a whole new world entirely? Or could it be that that world is the real reality, while Paris and his own world was the fake world all along? This alone is a rather interesting idea. Some people say, in real life, that our own reality might be fake as well, or is experienced through a different matter than others. The sad part is... well... The plot and story of the game is very interesting, and had some real potential, but at the very end, at the last two hours or so, it falls flat on itself. The game will go from a fairly realistic world, with it's own twists of course, then suddenly gives a twist in the plot and, literally, have one character turn into a giant monster before your eyes and ripes a hole in time and space into the world of the dead. This I am not kidding. At this point, I actually jolted in place in shock, having it leave a bad taste in my mouth. Not because it happened, but because of how SUDDEN it was. And at the very end, it is like the game remembers 'Oh wait! This is Chopin's dream! We gotta focus on that now before we forget!'. Quite honestly, I think that they should have stayed focused on the dream world, at least for a bit longer, and hit to Chopin's dreaming this. But I digress... up until that part, the story was interesting, the characters were fun, and the gameplay was well done. Think of it like the case with Mass Effect 3, for those who have played it. All until the last ten minutes, it is a wonderful game, and the last part (as some would say) ruins the trilogy. (It's not that bad to me, but that is a whole different topic altogether). I should also note that the ending is VERY confusing. I had to look up the details on the Internet to figure out what really happened, and why. Because it seemed like that scene (to avoid spoilers I won't go into detail) just happened out of the blue. With the character going 'Oh wow, we just beat the real final boss. Hey guys, see ya!' and... well, yeah. The gameplay itself is fairly simple, yet fun, as well. You have 'A' as your regular attack, 'B' as your Guard, which you have to time yourself to press to use and cannot just rapidly press it (trust me, that doesn't work... it would have helped if it did, though!), 'X' to use your items, and 'Y' to use your Special attacks. For each character and enemy on the field, they are timed by the Action Gauge, which constantly decreased from five seconds to zero, then moves to the next fastest character or enemy. Also, the Special attack changes depending on whether you are in the light or in shadows. In the sunlight, for example, you can use a Light Special Attack, yet in a shadow of an enemy or behind an object, in darkness of any kind, you can use a Dark Special Attack. This goes the same for enemies, and some will actually change form and grow either stronger or weaker depending on if they are in the light or the shade. The first one you will see is a tiny melon enemy with stubby legs, which transforms into a giant rock/onion with demonic red eyes, which are REALLY freaky looking. With this, the game also inputs what is called a 'Party Level'. It starts out at level one, which gives you more time and allows you to stay still and not have the Gauge decrease at all. After a certain battle, it increased to two, giving you less of a break, but allowing you to deal more damage. It goes all the way up to level 6, with up to 5 being unlocked through the story of the game. Level five has it where you have only four seconds to attack, but each playable character moves quickly through the field and can chain together special attacks and form powerful combos. The game basically changes things up bit by bit as you play, so things won't all be the same throughout the game. I honestly don't know how to feel about this... it gets harder, yet more rewarding, as the Party Level increases, so... I guess it depends on the person. On Encore Mode, which is basically New Game Plus and hard mode, you can change the Party Level to whatever level you would prefer as well. I would also like to note that you gain a lot of party members in the game, yet you do not have to battle with each one to have them level up. In a game like Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, you have to use the character to level him or her up. Most of the time, a player will stay with one team set and the others will stay at a low level, which, if the game's story decides to have one of the characters you don't use to fight alone, it can... well, frankly, be a HUGE hassle. In this game, everyone levels up and gains experience through the battles, however, the ones who fight gets the majority of the XP, while the ones who don't fight gets about half I think. Whatever case it is, you can rest easy and use one set team, of which ever characters you would like, and not have to worry about the others. The sound and music... holy... I... it is amazing! The music is based off of Chopin's own works, as well as having his music in the game as well. The battle music is usually the same song, except for certain boss fights, yet it is so good you do not get tired of it. The graphics are... well, it came out in 2007, so the graphics for the characters are hit and miss. The biggest problems are their expressions, eyes, and their hands. Their fingers and hands do not really move, and you can tell everything was done with Motion Capture. Still, other than those parts, the graphics are truly beautiful to look at, and are crisp, even compared to some games now. The voice acting is well done, too. There are a few great voice actors I know and love in the game, like Johnny Bosch, Liam O'Brien, and Stephanie Sheh as a few examples. Each character stands out in his or her own way as well, and some even has their own side plots... which are not resolved. I will say this now, many of the side plots, such as one character falling in love with another in the party, is never resolved, nor is much explained, as to why Polka has such a reaction to... well, no details here, but you will see if you play the game. One important thing to note is that there is a PS3 version of the game, which includes two extra playable characters which are not in the 360 version and are not DLC (which stinks...), as well as an extra dungeon, and with items changed around in the story and other dungeons as well. So if you are going to get this game, get the PS3 version. I got the game for $3.74, so I'm not really complaining much that I don't have it all. It would just be nice if they released it as DLC for the 360 owners... All in all, I very much enjoyed the game. The fighting did not become repetitive to me, which happens even in the best of games, the music was beautiful, the graphics, with a few exceptions, are wonder to look at, the world feels huge, the characters are fun to watch, and the story, up until a certain point, will grab your attention. I would recommend this game to anyone, especially since it is so cheap these days. For me, it was a pretty easy game. I did not die once in the game, and rarely had a character be KOed in battle. I think that was I battled a lot because of how much fun I had in the battle system, though... If you enjoy RPGs and Star Ocean-like games (this game seriously brought me some nostalgia from my past with Till the End of Time), you will love this game. Even with the bad ending, it is still a great experience and has some great complex things to think about... Except for one ruler's reason for not going to war against the enemy nation. Seriously! I... ugh, no spoilers, but... GAH! It drives me nuts! Anywho! Try and buy the game, or at least try the demo and see if you like the gameplay. I hope you enjoy it!
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Unique Game This game has a battle style unlike any game I have ever seen. The plot is a very gripping story that grabbed my attention easily. The only way the game can be beaten in under 20 hours is if you rush and sneak past all the enemies, so I don't really know why those gamers are complaining. All in all, I recommend this game to players that have time on their hands to enjoy this incredible and exciting game.
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eternal Sonata I read the other reviews for this game and decided to get it because it sounded like a good game. I loved this game right from the start! It was colorful and had a great story line not to mention the history lesson about Chopin which I thought to be very interesting. Overall the game was great and it is kind of a short game so if you don't want to have to spend hours and hours on a game this one is perfect.
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best RPG games This game is amazing. The battle system, the story...everything else is great. The graphics are beautiful and great. I played this game for hours and hours ` nonstop. If you like rpg games, then this is for you.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This game is fantastic! When I first checked out this game at my local library, I fell in love with the storyline and characters. The environments were beautifully done and well thought out. The only thing that aggravated me about the game was Fort Fermata, it took me forever to figure out what the heck to do, but then my friend helped me out, and he basically played through the rest of the game with me. This game is great for one that is not well known. I definetly recommend this game to any casual gamers or people who just wanna have a good time.
Date published: 2011-11-20
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