Phantom Breaker

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Phantom Breaker
Phantom breaker xbox cover.jpg
Developer(s) 5pb., Delta Factory, R.U.N
Publisher(s) 5pb., 7Sixty
Artist(s) Hiro Suzuhira
Series Phantom Breaker
Platform(s) Arcade, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release date(s) Xbox 360:
  • JP June 2, 2011

Phantom Breaker: Another Code

Arcade:
  • JP April 4, 2013

Phantom Breaker: Extra

Xbox 360/PS3:
  • JP September 19, 2013
[1]

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds

Xbox Live Arcade:
  • WW February 27, 2013
PlayStation Vita:
  • JP March 13, 2014
Genre(s) Fighting game
Distribution DVD-ROM, Blu-ray Disc, Arcade system board
Arcade system Sega RingEdge 2

Phantom Breaker (ファントムブレイカー Fantomu Bureikā?) is a 2D fighting game developed by 5pb. with Delta Factory and R.U.N, and published by 5pb. in 2011. The game was initially slate to be launched in April 2011[2] but was delayed and released in June 2011.[3] It was recently announced Phantom Breaker would be published by 7Sixty (subsidiary company of SouthPeak Interactive) for a North American release during the first quarter of 2012 with a limited edition package that also includes a miniature strategy for each character featuring artwork from Hiro Suzuhira, a desk calendar, and two double-sided posters.[4] Although the Japanese version had its last update on April 4, 2012,[5] the game has been cancelled for a North American release due to unknown reasons. Though a listing for the pre-order has reappeared at Fry's Electronics until it was removed for the website ever since.

AThe game was programmed and designed by Masatoshi Imaizumi (Asuka 120% BURNING Fest., Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force, Panzer Bandit) and Masaki Ukyo (Yū Yū Hakusho: Makyō Tōitsusen, Mad Stalker: Full Metal Force, Guardian Heroes).

On April 4, 2013, an Arcade version of the game running on Sega's RingEdge 2 Arcade Board, titled Phantom Breaker: Another Code (ファントムブレイカー アナザーコード Fantomu Bureikā: Anadā Codo?) was released.

On May, 2013 5pb. announced a new version of Phantom Breaker titled Phantom Breaker: Extra (ファントムブレイカー: Extra Fantomu Bureikā: Extra?) is in development and was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 19, 2013.[6] Unlike the first console release, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are region-free.

Plot[edit]

The game's setting takes place in Japan. A mystery organization led by Phantom organised a fighting tournament in Tokyo, whose winner will have their wish granted.

Gameplay[edit]

The game support two distinctive fight styles, Player is able to choose between quick style and hard style. The first one will focus on speed attack and combos while the other is more about defense.

When the player reaches over drive mode, their character might get an extra increase in speed or defense. Every attack the player releases can cancel out their enemy's attack and raise their tension gauge; timing it right will maximise the player's gauge to boost their attack power.[7]

Characters[edit]

There is a total of 18 playable characters in the game.[8] A " Female Gang Member " character was planned, but never made it into the final game.[9]

Mikoto Nishina (仁科 美琴 Nishina Mikoto?)
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
A 19-year-old college violinist. Her weapon is a large, two-handed sword named Maestro.
Mei Orisaka (折坂 芽衣 Orisaka Mei?)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
A 14-year-old idol. Her weapon is a magical wand called Candy.
Yuzuha Fujibayashi (藤林 柚葉 Fujibayashi Yuzuha?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki
A high school girl, who is also a ninja-in-training from the Bakufu era. Her weapons are Shoukaku and Zuikaku — a ninja blade, and a kunai.
Waka Kumon (九紋 稚 Kumon Waka?)
Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki
A descendent of the miko (a family of exorcists that have had some dealings with Phantom in the past). She fights with Kahoutou, her naginata, to stop the duels.
Ren Tatewaki (帯刀 蓮 Tatewaki Ren?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura
One of the few males in this contest. He’s fighting to cure his little sister of an incurable disease. He fights with a gauntlet named Koutarou.
M (影霧 Eimu?)
Voiced by: Satomi Moriya
She has no memories and fights only to satisfy her lust for battles. Her weapon of choice is a mace made of scrap materials, named Humongous.
Itsuki Kōno (神埜 唯月 Kōno Itsuki?)
Voiced by: Akiko Hasegawa
She doesn’t know much of the world and have a gentle personality but a strong sense of justice. She beats opponents over the head with her battle hammer, Maggie.
Ria Tōjō (東條 莉亜 Tōjō Ria?)
Voiced by: Ryouko Shiraishi
She finds out that one of the other combatants in Phantom Breaker killed her mother, and she’s on a quest for revenge. She fights with two blades called Aldina.
Tokiya Kanzaki (神崎 刻夜 Kanzaki Tokiya?)
Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita
The other male main character in this game. He’s the CEO of a pharmaceutical company and he’s fighting in order to resurrect his parents, who were assassinated fifteen years ago. He uses a long sword named Setsuna.
Cocoa (心愛 Kokoa?)
Voiced by: Ai Matayoshi
She got bored with the real world and modified her body into an idealized version, based on a video game she liked. Her occupation is cosplaying. She fights with a giant claw called Kusenia’s Claw.
Fin (フィン Fin?)
Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda
A 9-year old time-traveler from the future who is part of the organization “Schrodinger”. She’s accompanied by a droid named Mauchuu. Her weapons are all-purpose laser guns named JJ Apple.
Infinity (インフィニティ Infiniti?)
Voiced by: Akeru Semi
He's not a main character but the bodyguard to the mysterious Phantom. He fights using telekinesis.
Sofia Kalganova (ソフィア・カルガノワ Sofia.Karuganowa?)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka
New Character added in Phantom Breaker: Extra. Sofia is a Fu-mantion Artifact made by the Russian Science Academy that despises Phantom.
Shizuka Saejima (冴嶋 閑 Saejima Shizuka?)
Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa
New Character added in Phantom Breaker: Extra. A former senior official that worked for Phantom who wants to bring Japan back to its militarism dogma.
Ende (エンデ Ende?)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi
New Character added in Phantom Breaker: Extra. Ende is from the Schrödinger Space-Time patrol group brings a giant robot named Nataku into battle.
Gaito & Rin (ガイト & リン Gaito & Rin?)
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Gaito) & Yuka Ōtsubo (Rin)
New Character added in Phantom Breaker: Extra. Gaito & Rin are a team, but Rin, a 6-year-old girl, controls Gaito, an anti-soul that is brimming with power.
Rimi Sakihata (咲畑 梨深 Sakihata Rimi?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura
Guest character from Chaos;Head. She's an Esper who can conjure whatever she imagines. She does not possess a known weapon.
Kurisu Makise (牧瀬 紅莉栖 Makise Kurisu?)
Voiced by: Asami Imai
Guest character from Steins;Gate. She’s a genius who graduated early from an American university and helps out in a circle that develops strange inventions. She uses these strange inventions in gameplay.

Other games[edit]

Phantom Breaker: Extra[edit]

On May, 2013 5pb. announced a new updated version of Phantom Breaker titled Phantom Breaker: Extra (ファントムブレイカー: Extra Fantomu Bureikā: Extra?) was in development, and was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 19, 2013. This new version of the game features: rebalanced gameplay, new characters, new techniques, new "Extra" fighting style, new stages, renewed background effects and an online spectator mode.[10][11]

Phantom Breaker: Another Code[edit]

On April 4, 2013, an Arcade version of the game running on the RingEdge 2 arcade board titled Phantom Breaker: Another Code (ファントムブレイカー アナザーコード Fantomu Bureikā: Anadā Codo?) was released.

Version 1.1 was released on June 2013. This new version adds Infinity, the game’s final boss, as a playable character, rebalanced gameplay and a new opening movie.[12]

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds[edit]

In-game screenshot depicting combat within singleplayer mode

A spin-off game, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (ファントムブレイカー:バトルグラウンド Fantomu Bureikā: Batoru Guraundo?),[13] was developed by Division2 for Xbox Live Arcade for a February 27, 2013 release. The game is a side-scrolling beat 'em up in which players play as chibi versions of Mikoto, Waka, Itsuki and Yuzuha as they fight against large groups of ninjas.[14] On March 12, 2013, a downloadable content add-on, the "Kurisu Pack,"[15] was released which adds Kurisu Makise as a playable character and raised the maximum character level.[16][17] The game was featured in the official music video of "Move" by I Fight Dragons.[18] Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is due for release on the PlayStation Vita on 13 March 2014.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Extra Coming This September Update". Siliconera. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Phantom Breaker Hit With A Delay In Japan". Siliconera. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Phantom Breaker Breaks Out In June, Here’s A Trailer". Siliconera. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Phantom Breaker To Get Special Limited Edition Release". Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "ファントムブレイカー 5pb.|インフォメーション". 5pb.jp. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Extra Announced For PlayStation 3 And Xbox 360". Siliconera. 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  7. ^ "The Two Types Of Fighters In Phantom Breaker". Siliconera. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Characters Page of Phantom Breaker". 5pb. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Phantom Breaker Was Going To Have A Female Gang Member Character". Siliconera. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  10. ^ "Slap Other Fighters With A Giant Robot Hand In Phantom Breaker: Extra". Siliconera. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  11. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Extra Has Spectator Mode For Online Battles". Siliconera. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  12. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Another Code Makes Final Boss Playable". Siliconera. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  13. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Developer On How To Make Retro Beat 'Em Ups". Siliconera. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  14. ^ "5pb. Posts English Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Trailer, Site - Interest". Anime News Network. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  15. ^ "Steins;Gate's Kurisu Has A Cameo 5pb's Retro Beat 'Em Up". Siliconera. 2013-03-03. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  16. ^ "Phantom Breaker:Battle Grounds Kurisu Pack - Xbox.com". Marketplace.xbox.com. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  17. ^ "Steins;Gate's Kurisu Makise Reaches Phantom Breaker As DLC This Week". Siliconera. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  18. ^ "5pb And Chiptune Band Team Up For Phantom Breaker Music Video". Siliconera. 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  19. ^ 2014-02-06, Mages Shows Us The Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Vita Limited Edition, Siliconera

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