As you can probably tell from my title, i am not a fan of cutesy wootsy games as i have only just become old enough to buy intense 18+ games and am getting used to them. But this game is brilliant, yes the ps3 has got added content but taking into consideration that this was released one year prior and many do not have the fortune, unlike me (sorry thought id brag), to own all the consoles. This copy can not be seen as inferior.
The graphics are beautiful, some of the best iv seen, they are so energetic and vibrant that exploration becomes interesting. The graphics only come second compared to the music, this game is based upon fredrich chopins death, a polish pianist from an era long past. I was not a fan of classical before this, but my o my, the music is brilliant so much so i bought chopins CD and im not kidding. This is just the type of music you have to sit back and listen to, to appreciate it. Granted the game is made by tri crescendo, the company that produces music for tri ace, but they have really outdone themselves from chopins orinal work to there own unique music which just seems to fit in with the setting and generally has an upbeat melody.
The storline is also topnotch, which is good as an rpg can only really be measured by its story. Without spoiling to much, it is based within fredrich Chopin degrading mind as he seems to be at deaths door. The story is based in chapters and which in between have stories and muscial pieces from chopins life. These are generally 5 to 7 minutes in length and dont occur too regularly to become repetitive. Whil the use of philosophy gives the gamer something to think about this is something that other games generally lack.
The gameplay is unique, as the fighting system is fundamently turn based, it gives you a certain amount of time to attack using the face buttons to initiate the certain attacks. The most interesting factor for me is the idea of light and dark, this is generally present in rpg's but is used to the fullest here as enemies are literally transformed into more formidable beasts when they move to there natural light preference.
This game is brilliant if you are trying to get into rpg's or if you are a long time fan. The use of an attack system like kingdom hearts, but which is still essentially turn based is good and stops from being repetitive. However be warned it is far to easy to level up as i finished at level 100 without much hassle. The game can last between 30 and 40 hours, but the game almost demands to be played again as certain things like score pieces cannot be found untill the second play through. This is one every gamer should atleast try.