Eternal Sonata

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The hero of Eternal Sonata is a real historical character, the famous 19-century Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. The game begins with Chopin lying on his deathbed and having a strange dream in which he is transferred into a fantasy world where places and people have musically sounding names. Chopin encounters a girl named Polka, a magician who is on the run from her own destiny (since all magicians die young in her world). Other people join them on a quest to overthrow an evil nobleman. Events from Chopin's real life are shown as parallels to what happens in his dream.

The game is conceived in the tradition of Japanese RPGs, with a linear, character-oriented story line and graphics with animé influences. The gameplay combines several elements of classic turn-based combat, strategy, and real-time fighting. Your party has a limited amount of time for a turn, during which you can move a character over the battlefield and execute actions, which take different amount of time depending on their effects. Light plays an important role during battles, since characters have different attacks and spells when standing in the light or in a shadow.

The game uses works by Frederic Chopin as its musical score.


Eternal Sonata Xbox 360 Approaching a dungeon entrance...
Eternal Sonata Xbox 360 About to enter a suspect looking cave...
Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 The game starts with Polka returning to her hometown.
Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 Glowing fountains scattered about serve as save points.

Alternate Titles

  • "信赖铃音: 肖邦之梦" -- Chinese Xbox 360 spelling (simplified)
  • "Xin Lai Ling Yin: Xiaobang zhi Meng" -- Chinese Xbox 360 title (romanized)
  • "Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume" -- Japanese Xbox 360 title

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User Reviews

With better gameplay this charming tale could have been a gem. Xbox 360 kimsnarf (4)

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 Oct, 2008 4.4 out of 5 88
GameZone Xbox 360 Sep 24, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 13, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
GameZone PlayStation 3 Nov 17, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers Xbox 360 May 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Xbox 360 Sep, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Target Xbox 360 Oct 11, 2007 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpy Xbox 360 Sep 23, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameLemon Xbox 360 Feb 12, 2008 6.7 out of 10 67
Netjak Xbox 360 Jan 22, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65


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