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Eternal Sonata

Eternal Sonata | £9.98 | Play | Xbox 360

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Eternal Sonata is something of an unsung classic. For one, it's staggeringly beautiful. It has an original combat system, especially for a JRPG. And the story is a quirky, charming tale with likable characters. For £9.98, it's quite a fantastic deal, colorful and breezy enough for the entire family to enjoy. You see, that's the problem with Christmas. With all the little cousins round, it's not suitable to have a quick Gears of War session, bellowing profanities at the screen and pounding your chest when you successfully pull of a chainsaw execution. I've gone off topic. Eternal Sonata, £9.98 at Play. Buy it.

Eternal Sonata | £11.93 | The Hut | PS3

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Eternal Sonata is an intriguing RPG that combines anime style cel shading and turn based combat, as you roam around a dream world created by Chopin during the final hours of his life, with a party consisting of a maximum of twelve characters. Your enemies' form and abilities change depending on whether they're in the light or the dark, so you'll have to quickly alter your fighting tactics in order to take them down. Also, it's quite nice to roam around a game with a bit of Chopin playing in the background.

Eternal Sonata | £11.91 | Asda Entertainment | PS3

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I bet when the pianist composer Chopin died in 1849 he wasn’t expecting to become a lead character in a computer game, but that’s exactly what happened thanks to the developers at Tri-Crescendo and their title Eternal Sonata. Set during the final hours of Chopin’s life as he dreams of magical world, take control of the Romantic virtuoso as he helps a young boy save a girl from a terrible fate. It’s a fairly short and linear experience for a J-RPG but boasts a touching storyline, a fresh combat system and a soundtrack featuring music by the great man himself. The PS3 version also includes a few extra bits and pieces that did not come with the Xbox 360 release, making it a worthwhile budget buy.

Eternal Sonata | £11.93 | TheHut | PS3

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I bet when the pianist composer Chopin died in 1849 he wasn’t expecting to become a lead character in a computer game, but that’s exactly what happened thanks to the developers at Tri-Crescendo and their title Eternal Sonata. Set during the final hours of Chopin’s life as he dreams of magical world, take control of the Romantic virtuoso as he helps a young boy save a girl from a terrible fate. It’s a fairly short and linear experience for a J-RPG but boasts a touching storyline, a fresh combat system and a soundtrack featuring music by the great man himself. This PS3 version also includes a few extra bits and pieces that did not come with the Xbox 360 release, making it a worthwhile budget buy. Thanks to Wong @ HUKD!

Eternal Sonata | £11.95 | Zavvi | PS3

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  • What: Eternal Sonata
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I bet when the pianist composer Chopin died in 1849 he wasn’t expecting to become a lead in a computer game, but that’s exactly what happened thanks to the developers at Tri-Crescendo and their title Eternal Sonata. Set during the final hours of Chopin’s life as he dreams of magical world, take control of the Romantic virtuoso as he helps a young boy save a girl from a terrible fate. It’s a fairly short and linear experience for a J-RPG but boasts a touching storyline, a fresh combat system and a soundtrack featuring music by the great man himself. This PS3 version also includes a few extra bits and pieces that did not come with the Xbox 360 release, making it a worthwhile budget buy. Thanks to montblanc @ Hot UK Deals!

Eternal Sonata £8.93 @ Play [Xbox 360 Games]

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A few years ago, Microsoft invested heavily in securing quality Japanese titles to help sway fence-sitters from the East to put aside their DS and PSP in favour of a chunky 360. Eternal Sonata, developed by the much-loved Tri-Crescendo team, is an example of Microsoft's JRPG drive, and is a steal at £8.93 from Play.

Eternal Sonata averaged a fairly respectable 79 on MetaCritic, but was widely accepted amongst JRPG fans as an unsung hit. Marrying a strong, cel-shaded aesthetic with a blend of turn-based and real-time combat, not to mention a wonderfully operatic score, Eternal Sonata even managed to spike 360 sales in Japan upon release, such was its reputation.

Strangely enough, Eternal Sonata's protagonist is none other than Polish composer Frederic Chopin. Chopin died of tuberculosis at the age of 39, and the game imagines that, on his deathbed, Chopin's consciousness drifted in and out of the real world, slipping into the fiction realm of Eternal Sonata, where he is a hero on a quest. Music, obviously, factors into the narrative and the design. Characters are named after musical terms, and the actual soundtrack is an amalgamation of Chopin's work and homages to his music from a variety of composers.Red Dead Redemption £32.73 @ The Hut [PS3 Games]

Combat in Eternal Sonata was generally well-received, in large part due to the team's forward-thinking approach to enemy encounters. JRPGs often drown in their own legacy when it comes to combat, forcing players to relive the same rigidly turn-based exercises they've been bashing away at for years. Eternal Sonata, instead of entirely abandoning its genre roots, instead augments the turn-based aspects of combat with real-time scenarios.

Eternal Sonata £8.99 @ Shop To [XBox 360 Games]

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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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