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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.

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Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 Title screen
Eternal Sonata Xbox 360 An enemy uses a powerful magic spell against me.
Eternal Sonata Xbox 360 From the category "be careful what you wish for".
Eternal Sonata PlayStation 3 Time your defense to minimize the damage.

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

Gamers.at Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2007 89 out of 100 89
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 13, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
Kombo.com Xbox 360 Sep 28, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 Nov 12, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Quebec Gamers Xbox 360 May 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer PlayStation 3 Dec 21, 2008 3.5 out of 5 70
GameCell UK Xbox 360 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameCola.net Xbox 360 Jan 25, 2010 6.8 out of 10 68
Yiya Xbox 360 Jan 15, 2008 C+ 58
1UP PlayStation 3 Nov 01, 2008 C+ 58

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