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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 Two of our main characters in a cut-scene
Eternal Sonata Xbox 360 The battle screen
Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 You can talk or trade with NPCs whenever in a residential area with no monsters wandering about.
Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 The game starts with Polka returning to her hometown.

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

Video Game Talk PlayStation 3 Nov 01, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
RPGamer Xbox 360 Sep 24, 2007 4.5 out of 5 90
Game 2.0 PlayStation 3 Mar 05, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The PlayStation 3 Feb 02, 2009 9 out of 10 90
V2.fi Xbox 360 Nov 05, 2007 84 out of 100 84
Gamesmania.de Xbox 360 Nov 05, 2007 82 out of 100 82
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Sep 19, 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameLemon Xbox 360 Feb 12, 2008 6.7 out of 10 67
1UP PlayStation 3 Nov 01, 2008 C+ 58


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