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System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Tri-Crescendo 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 17, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-3 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
Get swept away by Eternal Sonata!
by Amanda L. Kondolojy

July 17, 2007 - I have to say one of my favorite composers of all time is Chopin (pronounced Sho-PAIN). If you haven't heard of him, I suggest you perform a Google search immediately. Most of his work is free to download, and you owe it to yourself to check him out. He is one of the best pianists of the romantic period, and his work is just amazing. Up there with Rachmaninoff, in my opinion. Now, you may be wondering why all this talk about classical music, especially when you clicked on a game preview.

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Well, that's the exciting part. You see, Eternal Sonata, the new game for the Xbox 360 coming this fall, is going to take place in a fantastical world, with, you guessed it, my main man Chopin! Sure it sounds a little weird, but the RPG genre sorta lends itself to the imaginative and the whimsical.

And you can definitely count on some imaginative and whimsical content from Eternal Sonata. You'll be playing in an alternate universe, where victims of terminal diseases wage war against the darkness within their own bodies. Chopin discovers this world through a dream he has prior to his death. He meets young Polka, who is struggling alongside her boyfriend Alegretto to fight the darkness. Sounds like a dead ringer for the drama, excitement, and even tragedy that only the RPG genre can deliver. But from the looks of it, you may need some Kleenex for this one. Just fair warning.

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Visually, this game looks like it's going to be awesome. The characters have that anime-stylized cel shaded look that seems to be the trend coming out of Japan these days. And I must say I am duly impressed by both the art itself and its flawless presentation in the trailer. These clearly 2D stylized images are brought to life in vivid 3D, and it's just amazing to see. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, I strongly encourage you to download it from Xbox Live, because it is something to behold. Trust me on this.

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Of course, a no-brainer for this one is going to be the music. Because it's based (very loosely, of course) on the final hours of composer Chopin's life, you can bet there will be a lot of Chopin's music featured in the game. However, in addition to this built in score, there will also be a rather extensive additional score by Japanese composer Motoi Sakuraba who is most famous for his score on Tales of Phantasia and Baiten Kaitos (and who is also scoring the upcoming Super Smash Brothers Brawl). So, no worries here about whether or not the music will be quality.

Your battle system will be mainly utilizing the dark/light dynamic to it's full advantage by featuring different monsters and creatures that transform into different shapes with different stats depending on where they are. The dark and light will also affect character stats and abilities. And although most of the gameplay will be turn-based, there will be some action-based active gameplay elements as well.

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So, here's one more to add to the list of anticipated RPGs for the Xbox 360. Although it might not promise the intensity of Blue Dragon or Mass Effect, and these comparisons are inevitable, Eternal Sonata looks like it's going to bring a together a lively story with some solid graphics and gameplay. And what more could you ask for in a game? Plus, it's probably going to have the best score of the year, so definitely take a look and a listen to Eternal Sonata on the Xbox 360 this fall!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

Features:

  • Custom-Made for Next-Gen: Enjoy amazing, high-definition, anime style cel-shading, and high quality textures shine to truly deliver an awesome next gen experience.
  • Innovative Battle System: Battle using a unique hybrid turn based/action RPG system that combines free-roam and turn-based action (up to three players during battle).
  • All new location, story, and situations, with the same classic Harvest Moon gameplay!
  • Strategic Use of Light and Darkness: Adjust your battle strategy in the ongoing struggle between light and darkness. Beware of enemies lurking in the shadows, as their stats - attacks and potency - will change, as will their physical form. Lure them out into the light or destroy them there in the cloak of darkness. Also, change your special attacks depending on whether you are in the light….or in the dark.
  • Dramatic and Evolving Storyline: Experience a deeply moving story focusing on the enduring struggle between good and evil all while taking place in a dream during the final three hours of world-famous music composer Frederic Chopin's life.

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