For those of you waiting patiently for a solid RPG to come to the 360, Eternal Sonata has long been simmering on your must-play list. After disappointing reviews of the highly anticipated Blue Dragon, Namco-Bandai’s tale of the dreams of dying composer Frederic Chopin was cast in an even rosier light than before. Still, the question is the same for every modern RPG: Will the story provide a backbone for an engaging, rewarding gaming experience?
Hit the jump for my review.
When it comes to looks, Eternal Sonata’s got everything an RPG junkie could want and more. The cel-shaded environments are positively gorgeous, and there have been more than a few instances (the flower field in the opening village, for example) that literally leave you wandering around and staring at the lushness of the color and detail. The voiceovers are strong and the music follows suit, providing a rich atmospheric backdrop for your adventure. Best of all, you get the pleasure of hearing Chopin’s famous works performed by world renowned pianist Stanislav Bunin, which are absolutely lovely and really compliment the game’s tone.
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