Sometimes, being a good girlfriend means sitting on the couch and watching him play a game or playing a game together. I'm a moderate gamer; the new controls are generally more complicated than I'm willing to commit to. He is a hard core gamer. Some games are easier to watch than others, and some are easier to play. This review is not for the hard core gamer. This review if for the girlfriend (or boyfriend, who am I to judge?) that sits on the couch and watches.
I'm not going to discuss the storyline or the premise of the game, as several other reviewers have done that in great detail. I will say that the animation is beautiful and the cut scenes, of which there are many, play like a movie. Now, for the important thing....GUYS...LISTEN UP....if you have been trying to convince your girlfriend that video games can fun, despite the fact that the controller has way too many buttons and things have gotten complicated beyond belief, this may just be the game that does it. I sit on the couch and watch Mike play games all of the time, and previous to this, the extent of my involvement was collecting and shooting stars as the second player in Super Mario Galaxy. Imagine the wave of panic that spread across my body when he told me this game was multi-player. When he handed me that brand new Xbox 360 Wireless Pink Controller it was out of my hands, as there was no way I could say no.
3-D gaming freaks me out. I would end up wandering around the board, lost and confused. Even watching the game, I can never remember where I came from and where I need to go. Luckily, that is a problem the primary player has to deal with. I was player two, happy to sit and watch, until battle time. The early battles were very easy, target an opponent, press a button. And while it did get a little more complicated as the game went on, it was a natural progression that I was easily able to follow. I feel like without this game as a starting point, the next game we tried out together, Tales of Vesperia, would have been a bit overwhelming if it were not for the fact that this game slowly let me enter the waters of RPG gaming....and a controller that was more than a joystick and a huge red button. (I miss my Atari, even though I was no better at that than I am at games now.)
Eternal Sonata was essentially an Xbox 360 exclusive that was ported to the PS3 a year and a half later. The PS3 version features two additional characters, additional cutscenes that help explain the story better, and a bonus end game dungeon. Essentially with these additions it is the superior version to get. It is an innovative Japanese RPG type game with a modified turn-based battle system. Essentially during a players turn they can "button mash" to do whatever … more
There aren't a lot of JRPGs on the XBOX360 and what ones there are aren't as special as promised. Eternal Sonata is a different story. It's a grand game that hits all the right notes. It has a few minor issues, but nothing that keeps it from being fantastic. Fredric Chopin is terribly sick and dying. As he lies unconscious in bed he has a dream where he is in a world unlike any other. In this world, those who are sick with incurable diseases can use magic, but is it really … more
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. Story: The main character is a carefree youth named, Allegretto, and his buddy Beat. (Chopin's last dream is of two … more
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.