|a game by||tri-Crescendo|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||8.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.6/10 - 5 votes|
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|See also:||RPGs, Isekai Games|
If you are on the lookout for an RPG game to play that takes a very Japanese feel to the genre, then be sure to try out Eternal Sonata. This title was first released in 2007, with its European release managed by Namco Bandai and developed by tri-Crescendo. The game itself manages to offer you a very interesting story built around an eccentric pianist from Poland named Frederic Chopin. As one of the most respected musicians of all-time, the game takes place in a fictional world that Chopin dreams up.
It’s a unique plot, and the game manages to do a lot with that intriguing story setup. How good, though, is the game? Does it live up to the majesty of the mind of its inspiration?
A musical RPG that hits the high notes
When you want to play an RPG like this, you might find it hard to notice a game with a direct comparison. While it takes ideas from many RPGs of the same era, especially the Final Fantasy series in many ways, Eternal Sonata is a game that really does play its own tune in more ways than one. The games battle system revolves around musical concepts and bespoke character attacks.
It’s also got a very intriguing light/dark system that can play a massive role in how battles play out, and even how enemies appear. The games intriguing setup, character setting, and plot, though, very much make for an experience that is worth trying out and sharing.
A classic RPG experience with a specific twist (8.5/10)
One of the main things to like about Eternal Sonata is that it tends to use the work of Stanislav Bunin. Bunin is a well-regarded pianist, but his work is composed and arranged by Motoi Sakuraba. The game uses classical piano music and cutscenes loaded with real paintings and photography. In contrast to the cutesy cell-shading of the game world, this creates a really intriguing, interesting looking design that is easy to love.
The game was well-received critically upon release, with most remarking that it offered a game that was totally different to most RPGs on the market. Add in an emotional story and a very unique setting that moved away from the well-worn tropes of the era, and Eternal Sonata really did offer something a little bit different. The visuals are gorgeous, the music is among the best in any RPG, and the battle system is innovative enough to keep you coming back for more.
Add in a quality cast and a plot that never loses the run of itself, and Eternal Sonata is a title well worth playing. The main issues with Eternal Sonata stem from a lack of explorative capacity and its surprising linearity for an RPG game. That aside, though, this is an orchestra you don’t want to skip through.
- Outstanding audio and visuals to help set the scene
- Incredible attention to detail in the music and the cutscenes
- Engaging plot that feels very easy to fall in love with
- Perhaps lacks the freedom of exploration that similar titles can offer