How far would you go to grant one wish?Phantom Breaker
— 7sixty's Preview Trailer
is 2D fighting game
from Delta Factory and published by 5pb. for Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3
Its story takes place in modern-day Japan. where the mysterious man named Phantom has arranged a fighting tournament in Tokyo, and granting a wish to whoever comes up on top. While the premise may seem like an Excuse Plot
to add another anime-styled fighting game, it has an extensive visual novel-like
Story Mode for players to tackle. The character art was also done by Hiro Suzuhira, the mangaka of Yosuga no Sora
visual novels among others.
The game itself is not a total button masher
as with other fighting games of the genre, and its gameplay is centered on parrying and countering attacks. Each character in Phantom Breaker
has two different fighting styles: a Quick style that focuses on quick attacks for combos, and a Hard style focusing on defense and countering attacks. Performing special moves are also much more simplified compared to fighting games in the veins of Street Fighter
without having to input complex directional commands to execute them.
Originally released in Japan on June 2, 2011 for Xbox 360, the game was picked up for an English localization by 7sixty, a subsidiary of Southpeak Interactive, for an early 2012 release. Unfortunately, the game's localization has been going through Development Hell
as it has yet to be released outside Japan. The game was later brought to arcades in Japan as Phantom Breaker: Another Code
in December 2012 and introducing another character into the story. An Updated Re-release
titled Phantom Breaker: Extra
has been released on September 2013 in Japan for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Should the fighting game never see the light of day outside of Japan, at least importers can pick-up Phantom Breaker: Extra
on their respective platform as the game is region-free
unlike the original.
So until the fighting game does hit stores stateside (if
at all), a cutesy retro-styled brawler Spin-Off
developed by Division2 titled Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds -Cocoa's Nightmare Attack-
was released on February 27, 2013 on Xbox LIVE Arcade
, and Yuzuha
as the main characters while villainous characters like Cocoa
are reserved for the Arcade, Co-op, and Battlegrounds versus modes. There's also a DLC
that adds Kurisu Makise
as a playable character (except for Story Mode), a bump in the characters' level cap from Level 50 to 99, and extra Achievements for an extra $5. An updated port of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
is slated to be released on PlayStation Vita
and PlayStation 4
with a new playable character Frau.
This game features examples of:
- Ambidextrous Sprite
- Antagonist Title
- A Taste of Power: For Battle Grounds first stage in story mode, each character has full access to their skills and powers. M takes the character's power away after being defeated. She then throws the victor into the Nightmare World, fully expecting them to die without it.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Ria Tojo.
- Badass Longcoat: Infinity has one on.
- BFS: Mikoto's zweihänder, Maestro.
- Big Bad: Phantom.
- Blade on a Stick: Waka's naginata, Kahoutou.
- Bland-Name Product: In Battle Grounds, you'll find an ad for a 4DS in the Akihabara stage.
- Averted at one point early in the Akihabara stage where there's a Club Sega building in the background.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: The US version of the series art book makes a blatant mistake in Mikoto's profile and claims she is the one rendered deaf by an accident rather than her friend.
- Blood Knight: M pretty much fights solely for the lust of battle.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Kagebito enemies in Battlegrounds have been brain washed by Phantom.
- At the end of stage 6, Nagi becomes controlled to serve as the main boss.
- Bullet Time: The Quick style's Overdrive.
- Carry a Big Stick: M's aptly-named Humongous, a mace made from scarp metal.
- Cleavage Window: Ria's showing some cleavage with the opening of her suit.
- Colony Drop: Kurisu's super, she drops a satellite from space on her enemies.
- Cool Sword: Tokiya fights with a longsword named Setsuna.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Cocoa is an obsessive fan of her favorite video game, T-DA, and her costume was made similar to that game.
- Curtains Match the Window: Mikoto, Yuzuha, Itsuki, Waka, Ren, Fin, and Rimi.
- Cute Bruiser: M.
- Damsel in Distress: Nagi, Waka's younger sister, gets taken captive by Phantom in Battle Grounds.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: One of the mooks variants in Battle Grounds.
- Death from Above: M's super move in Battle Grounds, her Descartes Wanderer rains down bombs on her enemies.
- Kurisu's super move as mentioned above.
- The Dragon: Infinity, Phantom's bodyguard.
- Drop the Hammer: Itsuki's Weapon of Choice, Maggie.
- Dual Wielding: Yuzuha with Shoukaku and Zuikaku, a ninja blade and a kunai respectively.
- Also Ria with her twin blades named Aldina.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Mikoto and Cocoa.
- Essence Drop: In Battle Grounds, enemies drops coins and gems when defeated.
- Evil Albino: Infinity.
- Eyepatch of Power: M has one on.
- Gainaxing: Waka's bust bounces with her idle animation, although seems tame compared to other fighters.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: In true beat 'em up fashion, Battle Grounds lets you throw enemies into each other.
- Guest Fighter: Rimi Sakihata and Kurisu Makise make an appearance in Phantom Breaker as playable characters. There's also a DLC that adds Kurisu in Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (for Arcade, Co-op, and Battlegrounds modes).
- Girlish Pigtails: Mei and Fin, although Fin's twin-tails are in incredibly long compared to Mei.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Yuzuha.
- Hot-Blooded: Ren Tatewaki.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: In Battle Grounds, just like in other brawlers before it.
- Identity Amnesia: M has no memories about herself, but doesn't seem to care about it.
- Immune to Flinching: Hard style's Overdrive.
- Improbably Female Cast: With Ren, Tokiya, Infinity, and Phantom being the stand-outs.
- Improvised Weapon User: Kurisu. She turned a vacuum cleaner into a flamethrower in Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds.
- In the Hood: Phantom.
- Limit Break: The Critical Bursts.
- Life Meter
- Magical Girl: Mei, and she also fights with a Magic Wand named Candy.
- Megane: Tokiya.
- Mecha-Mooks: Battle Grounds will have you beating a lot cyborgs. There's also some actual robots thrown in the mix.
- Miko: Waka comes from a family of exorcists who have dealt with Phantom before.
- Multi-Platform: The original Phantom Breaker was an Xbox 360-exclusive title, and a Japanese-only and region-locked one at that. The Updated Re-release, on the other hand, is available for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as well as being import-friendly for the former.
- Named Weapons: Anyone (save for Infinity) with a weapon has one.
- Ninja Maid: Itsuki.
- One-Letter Name: M.
- Palette Swap: Par for the course, especially in Battle Grounds.
- Head Swap: In Battle Grounds, you'll find similar-looking goons with diferrent heads.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Infinity.
- Power Fist: Ren's weapon, Koutarou.
- Playing with Fire: M uses some fire-based attacks in Battle Grounds.
- Ray Gun: Fin comes from the future and she's packing with her all-purpose laser guns, JJ Apple.
- Kurisu can use one as one of her specials.
- Retraux: The art of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds was done in 8-bit style of the old days of gaming à la Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, complemented with 8-bit styled music and arrangements of Phantom Breaker's soundtrack.
- Riches to Rags: Itsuki and her family.
- RPG Elements: In Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, you can level-up your characters from the experience points gained by beating up goons and upgrade their abilities.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Yuzuha wears one in battle.
- Shout-Out: In Battle Grounds, one of the mooks is a short chubby enemy who's carrying a bag like a certain little thief.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Ren.
- Sprite/Polygon Mix: The main game has 2D hand-drawn sprites with 3D scenery.
- Stripperiffic: Mei.
- Super-Deformed: Everywhere in Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds.
- Super Move Portrait Attack: In both games.
- Sword Plant: Its one of Mikoto's Victory Poses.
- Teen Idol: Mei Orisaka became one with her Magical Girl acting career.
- Tights Under Shorts: Kurisu Makise.
- Token Mini-Moe: Fin's easily the youngest and the cutest.
- Too Many Belts: Infinity has several on his coat and his clothes.
- Versus Character Splash
- Victory Quote
- Victory Pose
- Wave Motion Gun: Mikoto's Schaurig super in Battle Grounds, she fires off a blast of aura power from her sword.
- Weapon of Choice: Everyone (besides Infinity) has a unique of their own.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Guess...
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Itsuki and Tokiya plays this trope straight with blue hair. Ria and Cocoa have purple hair, and Fin has green.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Rimi Sakihata with grade-A thigh-highs. Most of the other girls wearing stockings like Mikoto and Waka rank in a grade-B.