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.
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.
Excerpt: Eternal Sonata is a musical based role playing game with some interesting features. This game appears on the Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 (editor: the PS3 version was used for this review). Namco Bandai allowed a lot of social commentary on an array of issues. This will make players happy or unhappy depending on their positions on these social issues as well. One of the most adult issues in Eternal Sonata deals with suicide.
Excerpt: Video games are described as many things. They are called everything from entertaining by enthusiasts and a waste of time by people who are not fans. They are seen as a form of entertainment that can tell the story of a great book, but also bring the story to life like a movie. One thing that video games are rarely thought of, however, is art. And while this idea is becoming more accepted in today's world, there are few games that live up to the title of art work.
Conclusion: Frankly, I had trouble sticking with Eternal Sonata for these reasons, but I suspect that it will pull in the rabid, RPG-dedicated audience that loves this kind of action. On top of that, it’ll likely draw in some others who are curious or who like a bit of twisted in their game library. Of course, there’ll always be achievement junkies looking for some boost to their Gamerscore.
Excerpt: Everything I love about Eternal Sonata could be summarized in one scene: Beat, the nine-year-old boy who uses a pickgun and a camera, has been informed by the hero that they are making a trip. During the opening credits, we notice the little tyke in preparations for the trip. He holds in one hand, a deck of cards, and in the other, a wooden horse.
Excerpt: Since the birth of the Xbox 360 there has been a distinct lack of Japanese Role-Playing-Games that are worth playing. Titles such as Enchanted Arms have tried to generate interest but have gone pretty much unnoticed. Recently, the release of Blue Dragon began to break the mould, but didn’t receive the recognition it deserved.