Excerpt: World under threat, boy and oddball cast of characters save it. This scenario is all too familiar to avid RPG fans, but Eternal Sonata is different. The idea is that non fictional and world famous composer “the poet of the piano” Frederic Chopin is on his deathbed, dying from tuberculosis with the majority of the events of the game taking place inside Chopin’s dream, well it’s something different to say the very least and as a plot device it does actually work.
Excerpt: Eternal Sonata , or Trusty Bell as it is known in Japan, is bound for the Xbox 360 in a few months. With only a handful of RPGs currently available for the system, RPGamers with Xbox 360s are longing for something to play.
Conclusion: You can add to the wrestler count of TNA Impact! by creating your own mauler, but again, the feature set comes up a bit lame in TNA Impact! ’s race to catch SmackDown vs. Raw . There simply aren’t enough options in the create-a-wrestler, resulting in more of the same grapplers repackaged in the few different costume choices.
Excerpt: You’d be forgiven if you thought that the combination of a famous 19th century composer and spiky haired anime characters wouldn’t really work but oddly, it actually does. Eternal Sonata plocks us down in the midst of the 19th century, where a terribly ill Frédéric François Chopin lies in a coma, surrounded by his family and his doctor.
Conclusion: My major gripe with the game is that it can be very buggy. Very occasionally you see traffic spawn out of thin air and during my review play through I experienced one glitch that broke the game entirely. I failed a mission by being pulled from my car by a police officer, but upon reloading a checkpoint the animation of the cop pulling me from the vehicle just kept on repeating over and over again.
Pros: Gorgeous visuals look even better on the PlayStation 3, Charming story is populated by an appealing cast, Fantastic soundtrack includes new music, Combination real-time/turn-based combat is flashy and fun
Cons: Easy and linear adventure with little exploration, Occasionally erratic framerate