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 attacks they have mapped to their four PS3 buttons and also roam freely across the screen. The player is only restricted by a timer that depletes once the turn starts. As the player advances in the game additional changes are made to the battle system. The biggest selling point of the game is the evolving battle system for it really has not been seen in any other RPG. Another major point is the beautiful story and narrative about the late renessaince composer Frederic Chopin who died of sickness in real life. The game follows his tale through real events and musical compositions, and the player basically plays through a story that takes place in his mind while he lays unconscious. The in game story follows the tale of several characters as they try to overthrow the government intent on making its citizens slave soldiers to take over other kingdoms. Most events are carried out through voice cutscenes rendered with the in game engine (that means no fancy FMV cutscenes, however, because the games graphics already look amazing, the cutscenes do too). There is also TONS of voicework, though it gets repetitive in battle when the player does "Sacred Signature" to heal their characters up to three times each turn during each "lenghty" boss fight. Where the game falls apart are the bossfights. It is pretty much guaranteed that when a player stumbles upon the boss for the first time that they will lose in the first two or three turns. Only the most gifted person will probably manage to beat this game. The boss fights are lenghty and excessively difficult, though rewarding. Oftentimes one will find that they need to level grind (attack numerous weaker enemies until they believe they themselves are strong enough to face the boss) to overcome the boss, and then the boss fight is dependent on if you can manage to heal and defend all on time. Still in the end it is a charming and memorable game with an excellent soundtrack.
In the end this is a pretty solid game though a bit too difficult.
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
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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.