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.
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Summary: Eternal Sonata's superb art direction will dazzle you, but a dreamy story and exciting battles make it sing.
Pros: Magnificent visual design makes even the most mundane places look beautiful, Stunning musical score, Inventive battle system is both tactical and packed with exciting action, A great cast of warm, charming characters will draw you into the story
Cons: Story is completely linear, Photography element makes money too easy to earn
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.
Summary: Parents need to know that underneath its pretty veneer, this Teen-rated game raises serious philosophical questions about the choices people make when faced with their own mortality. Several cut scenes take place at Frederic's deathbed in his Paris apartment. There's plenty of fantasy violence but nothing too realistic -- except when it's directed at rats and other animals. Settings include scenes in bars and a wine cellar and players will encounter a drunken person.
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.