Review – Eternal Sonata

Eternal Sonata (Trusty Bell: Chopin’s Dream in japan) is a breathtaking story of love and betrayal, good and evil. It’s a game where you cross the bridge between Dreams and reality, a nebulous dream where music and song becomes manifest in every aspect.

Lets talk game play. Eternal Sonata may follow typical rpg elements, but none so much as classic role playing games. There’s your standard buying and selling of items and weapons & fighting monsters. Unlike most other games there are no random encounters. You can pick and choose your battles. Be warned though, once your in a battle your locked in until it’s over. Defeating foes as usual gives a decent amount of both experience and gold. However, the big money maker in the game is taking photographs. You can gain a ton of gold from taking photo’s in a battle. However only one character has the equipment to take photos (you’ll see whom further ahead).

Combat: Combat is amazing in this game, featuring a turn based classic RPG with it’s own unique twist. Some of the features that makes the battle system for Eternal Sonata so unique is the echo system, allowing your team to quickly build up special attacks and unleash them to devastating effect. While the main combat system is turn-based using only 3 characters within the party, it incorporates several unique elements. Each character’s turn is preceded by “Tactical Time”, a period of time which the player can use to decide the course of action to take with that character. This is based off light and dark areas of the battlefield generated by the time of day, environment, and shadows of the characters. Light and dark plays a huge role in combat, changing both the powers you have at your disposal, and changing the monsters as well. It’s an interesting system, however once you start getting into the level grinding portions of the game, it gets rather repetitive.

Plot: The game for the most part takes place in a dream created by famed composer Frederick Chopin (whom in the real word is lying upon his death bed). The story begins with a small group of characters wishing to meet with Count Waltz of the nation of Forte (get used to the musical references, they are EVERYWHERE) regarding the mineral powder, but eventually evolves into a far-reaching tale, with political espionage and rebellion being a commonly explored theme. Overall it leads to some great scene’s and fun character development. The initial party wants to find out why the mineral powder is so cheap compared to the floral powder and to stop the mining of Mt. Rock to acquire it, but it grows into something more. and truly is beautiful and you will cry at a scene on top of a cliff. the ending to this game is a good pay off for the work you put into it.

Difficulty: Difficulty wise, Eternal Sonata is fairly challenging to play through, with a lot of additional side quests and the like to keep you on your toes. However, once you’ve completed the game for the first time, you can start a new game in heroic mode. In heroic mode, the difficulty of enemies skyrockets, making even common enemies a far greater threat. If your looking to play through all the quests and achievements, playing through hard mode is a must, and will challenge even veteran RPG’ers.

Frédéric François Chopin: He is a renowned composer and pianist. Though he lays dying within the real world, he eventually realizes the nature of his existence within the dream realm.

Polka: A sweet, innocent young girl dying of incurable illness.

Allegretto: A dashing young swordsman & rebel with a cause.

Viola: She’s a tough-talker and can handle herself, being slightly older than the others in the party. She has a pet named Arco who tags along with the group.

Beat: A naive young boy and Allegretto’s constant companion. He’s your main cash source in the game since he’s the only character in the game who can take photographs.

Salsa: she views hats as the best treasure in the world. She is quite brash, outspoken, energetic and very competitive towards Beat.

March: Salsa’s twin sister who is very nurturing and gentle and the mature one of the two.

Jazz (Jitterbug in the Japanese version): he’s the leader of the revolutionary group of  Andantino. Quiet and serious.

Falsetto: Jazz’s lieutenant in Andantino, she’s perceptive and tough.

Claves: Jazz’s 24-year-old girlfriend and another soldier of Andantino.

All in all, if you want a to play a great RPG with fun moments and great character development and beautiful story. check out Eternal Sonata today (Otherwise Salsa may have to pound on you ^_~).


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