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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing.....until you get to the end....
I'm just going to say it right away, i loved this game so much....until i got about two hours away from the end. Now everything before the end was truly fantastic, interesting storyline, the greatest combat system i've ever played in a JRPG, the characters, the premise, all of it, loved every single thing. Granted there was a lack of sidequests but it honestly didn't matter to me. I tore through this game in a couple of days, loving every second i spent with it. Just as things started to get interesting the game took a....very bad direction. I was twenty hours in, everything was starting to come together and then you meet the main villain. I figured the game was falling into the cliche RPG thing where you fight the main villain a few times before eventually meeting him at the end of the game. No, you freaking kill him the first time you meet him. I was flabbergasted at this, but then it got worse. His assistant drinks some magic potion, turns into a dragon and rips a hole in space to another dimension. NONE OF THIS IS EVER EXPLAINED. I won't bore you with what happens next but i will tell you the story basically ends at this point, there's only one movie sequence left but quite a few hours of gameplay still. What killed me was that no one said anything about what happened, the characters ceased to care apparently because no one said one word about what had just happened. To conclude, it was a fun ride but the destination was not worth it.
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 is an overall solid RPG. I am a personal fan of music (classical too) and loved how the developers intertwined the life of Chopin into the game. The story is about Chopin living life through a dream while he is on his death bed. Along the journey you will meet a wide cast of characters, all of whose names are derived from musical terms (Allegretto, Beat, etc.) and have very memorable personalities. Some voice overs are better than others but I really enjoyed watching the cinematic scenes as well. Personally, I thought the battle system was fantastic; it really makes you think about the absolute best way to position your team and be most effective. Also, some cool ideas they implemented include using areas on the battlefield that are light vs. dark dictating the type of attack you can use or monster you're facing; in other words, if you're standing in a patch of shadow, you will be limited to so called "dark" attacks. In addition, certain monsters will change shape and be more vulnerable if you're in said areas. This was just one example and there are others that made you think about the best tactics. One other idea that I personally appreciated was group leveling vs. individual leveling. If you've ever played an RPG then you can sympathize how annoying it can be to have 3 or 4 really strong group members and then have those other ones in your party reserve that are usually pretty weak. In this game whether you are actively using the character or not they still receive some benefit from the battle EXP points. Some people don't like this but I thought it was great. Overall, I would recommend this game to anybody and is suitable for gamers of all ages, advanced or novice. The storyline is very original. It is one of those stories where by the end you will say "OH, I get it now!" The soundtrack is unparalleled, and I feel you will walk away from the game with not only satisfaction from playing but an appreciation for Chopin's life.