In the final moments of a famed composer's death, while two women stand over him with a look of deep-seeded concern, and a doctor who utters the words: "Chopin must be having a peaceful dream" the game takes place. Confused? Let me explain. Eternal Sonata takes place during that last dream Chopin has in the final minutes of his life.
The main character is a carefree youth named, Allegretto, and his buddy Beat. (Chopin's last dream is of two young boys????) Jokes aside, they do have a noble cause. The emperor in the Kingdom of Forte has been distributing mineral powder to the inhabitants in an effort to create a kingdom of slaves. His dubious plan is to increase the taxes on everything (except the zombie powder) which will force the inhabitants to purchase, use, and consume his concoction.
The gameplay is rather innovated for a game of this nature. The main feature is the action gauge. This allows you a few seconds to determine your best strategy to attack your opponents, use items, etc... Successful attacks will build your echo, which, when full, allows you to unleash your devastating attacks. Your echo is shared throughout all your party members, so strategy plays a role in how, when, and who you attack. Like most games in the genre you gain levels by defeating enemies and acquiring exp points. Random battles have also been eliminated and replaced with a real world system. Other than that, you go from A-B and from town-to-town.
Graphics and sound:
The pain-staking details put into the game are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Every aspect of the game (towns, characters, monsters, fields, and dungeons) utilizes the strengths of the next gen system and the wondrous colors and the time placed into creating this magical world are just....well, just sit back and enjoy. The sound is also on par with the graphics and does a wonderful job conveying the emotions of the moment.
Though the game is one of the purtiest games I've seen, it is linear and with a lack of side quests that is a problem. There are score pieces to collect, but this isn't anything special and doesn't really add to the story. Also, the ability to free roam is missing. This is the biggest let down in the game...as I like to revisit areas I've already been and explore them further. Regardless, the story flows smoothly, the characters are engaging, and the graphics are masterful.
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On his deathbed, Chopin, the famous composer, drifts between this life and the next. In his dreams, happenstance encounters with a young girl facing a terrible destiny and the boy who will fight to save her, leads to Chopin's discovery of the light that shines in each of us in this enduring tale of good and evil, love and betrayal. With gorgeous next gen visuals and style, a unique battle system, and a captivating story, Eternal Sonata promises to give Xbox 360 fans the RPG they've been waiting for.