Eternal Sonata - Spoilers Maybe

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by pcypert, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. pcypert macrumors 6502

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    Hey all,
    Again, I know its an old game, but going to give my thoughts for anyone looking to pick this up.

    Graphics: Really cool style. Get over the "kiddie" look and bright colors. Enjoy a game that's finally not the same color pallete as all the FPS games. Is a bit annoying with the fixed camera. Some puzzles seemed harder to me because I couldn't look around the map first. Guess it was a choice that allowed them to make more epic art, but still...

    Story: Pretty weak. Do you think the people who made it are against the war in Iraq? :D Repeat things waaaaayyy too much and overstate the whole damn story, plot, them. Typing as the credits roll and they have a nice reminder of their pretentiousness playing behind the credits.

    Gameplay: I like the use of turn base and the way they handled it. Like the development throughout the game. By the end was dealing 150K with healing....got pretty unstoppable:) Actually found the earlier fights tougher. By the end the game was pretty easy. Maybe I did the grind too much earlier on...finished at LVL 55 I think for all three characters (All, Viola, Salsa). Dunno if that's good or not, but the last few bosses were damn easy.

    Music: The Chopin stuff was good. The original score was pretty cheesy. Thought I was watching some b rate Chinese fantasy piece...which I guess I was. They should have gone for really simple piano pieces on real pianos and skipped all the synth stuff.

    Stupid Stuff:
    They go through this long story bit about Chopin's girl being mannish, then have a girly girl not in pants at his death bed.
    Voice acting = Boo!
    Plot in general = Boo! Half the damn game is cheesy acting scenes.
    Choice in the game = 0. I guess other games are starting to spoil us. But this is a rail RPG if those exist. Could have just had us press A for 30 hours...been about the same experience :D

    It was a decent enough game. Certainly nothing left to pull me back for another play through. An OK once through. That's about it. Not award winning by any means, but a fun enough game to pass the time. I think I played about a week off and on...not as much as I had been. If I'd of skipped the cutscenes probably could have finished this in around 15 hours or a bit more. And there's tons of plot that happens in those scenes...but not really plot that's worth catching.

    Paul
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    That's pretty much the problem with all the J-RPG's these days though lately.

    It's about time they really need to re-invent the J-RPG or it will become just an outdated institution. Most of these new J-RPG games are merely built on all the stereotypes of those gone before and you can't help feel - been there... done that...
     
  3. pcypert thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah man,
    Ending got waaay worse. Should have just shut up when they had the chance.

    Forgot to add...creepy, creepy game. 8 year olds in lovers feuds...14 year old romantic love, and I don't even want to think about the Chopin/Polka undertones. Yikes.
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    It's like being in America's deep south :D
     

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