A bright and beautiful anime-esque tale of the life of composer Frederic Chopin is an unusual prospect for the 360. However Eternal Sonata brings this unlikely premise to life beautifully and offers a welcome change from the dark and gritty fare so often on offer for XBox players.
The best deal is from Shop To who have the game on sale for just £8.99. CD Wow are offering it for only a pound more, after which the price is hiked up to £11.99 at Cool Shop. So you don't stand to make a massive saving but hey, it all adds up.
The main body of the game takes place inside the world of Chopin's dream as he lies dying of tuberculosis, the story of which is influenced by his life and work and in which he features as a character. The narrative is divided into eight chapters, each relating to one of Chopin's compositions and an event within his life. The localisation QA was actually aided by the Frederick Chopin Society of Warsaw to ensure as high a degree of historical accuracy as possible. It's really no exaggeration to say that this is no ordinary video game!
There is plenty to recommend Eternal Sonata but it is hard not to focus on its incredible art direction. The glorious vibrant colours that seem to sparkle, even when at their most drab, really bring every environment to life and imbue each one with a beauty all its own. However this game is more than just a pretty face; the battle system is fun and exciting and offers good scope for tactical play, the story is interesting and the charming characters will really draw you in, despite how tooth achingly sweet they may seem.It may seem worryingly girlie and twee but Eternal Sonata is a gem worth giving a chance.
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