There’s a game Kotaku have mentioned a few times now that’s piqued my interest. It’s a cartoon JRPG set to classical music by Chopin. As far as I can see, it appears to be about terminally ill kids who go to a fantasy world where they have magical powers to heal people. It’s called Eternal Sonata. (At the very least, that’s what they’re calling it here. In Japan, it’s called Trusty Bell of all things.)
There’s obviously a lot to like here – I love the whole concept behind the game, and the quirky bits I can see in the trailer (using an umbrella as a weapon? Fantastic!), and the fact that it’s not by Squaresoft (who’ve basically lost all credibility in my eyes at this stage). Still, I’ve got a horrible feeling that they’re going to make a mess of it. And I’m not just talking about that stupid giant wombat thing from the combat. I just half expect to discover that when it’s released that, oh, I dunno… that the English voice-acting’s been done by some awful C-Movie American actors who can barely read (like in Silent Hill), or that it’s badly translated and said bad actors actually say things like “For great justice!” (like in Silent Hill) or the whole game is a series of slime killing quests with progressively bigger slimes or… well, I don’t know. I just have a bad feeling about it. I’m not sure when I got so cynical about what used to be my favourite genre.
Well, right now it’s looking pretty neat. Pity I don’t have an Xbox 360 or have any plans to get one.