A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The character of Polka is a social outcast because her illness means she can use magic, and people mistakenly think she is contagious.
Violence & Scariness
Players battle a variety of villainous humans, monsters, and animals. The violence is animated and not graphic. All of the enemies are aggressive but not all of them look menacing -- some might find it disturbing to beat up on mice, ponies, and other creatures who cry out each time they're hit.
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Occasional mild and non-gratuitous cursing like "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Settings include bars and a wine cellar. In the wine cellar you briefly interact with a drunken worker.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that underneath its pretty veneer, this Teen-rated game raises serious philosophical questions about the choices people make when faced with their own mortality. Several cut scenes take place at Frederic's deathbed in his Paris apartment. There's plenty of fantasy violence but nothing too realistic -- except when it's directed at rats and other animals. Settings include scenes in bars and a wine cellar and players will encounter a drunken person.
Is It Any Good?
Chopin's world is a gorgeous one, with bright and colorful surroundings and characters with exquisitely detailed costumes and expressive faces. Eternal Sonata also boasts a unique and dynamic battle system where there are a limited number of seconds to execute a turn, and special abilities are affected by whether the character is standing in light or shadow. Each battlefield includes both sun and shade, and a big part of fighting is maneuvering characters into the desired lighting. There are also documentary-style interludes that narrate important episodes in Chopin's life while his music, performed by pianist Stanislav Bunin, plays in the background.
In spite of its many high points, the game is weighed down by long cut scenes and the lack of an overworld map to prevent frustrating backtracking in several locations. Annoyances aside, however, Eternal Sonata is a fresh and beautiful role-playing.
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