Phantom Breaker

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Phantom Breaker
Phantom breaker xbox cover.jpg
Developer(s)5pb.[a]
Publisher(s)
  • 5pb.
  • Rocket Panda Games (Omnia)
Designer(s)
Artist(s)Hiro Suzuhira
Composer(s)Takeshi Abo
SeriesPhantom Breaker
Platform(s)
Release
  • JP: June 2, 2011
Another Code
  • JP: April 4, 2013
Extra
  • JP: September 19, 2013[1]
Omnia
  • WW: 2021
Genre(s)Fighting game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer
Arcade systemSega RingEdge 2

Phantom Breaker[b] is a fighting video game developed and published by 5pb. for the Xbox 360 in June 2011. An arcade version of the game running on Sega's RingEdge 2 arcade board, titled Phantom Breaker: Another Code, was released in April 2013. In addition, an enhanced edition, titled, Phantom Breaker: Extra, was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in September 2013. A beat 'em up spin-off, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, was released via Xbox Live Arcade.[2]

The latest update, Phantom Breaker: Omnia, is set to be released worldwide in 2021 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam by Rocket Panda Games.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Phantom Breaker is a 2D fighting game that supports two distinctive fighting styles, the player is able to choose between Quick style and Hard style. Quick style focuses on quick hits and combos while the other is more about defense.

When the player reaches Overdrive 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.[4]

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.

Characters[edit]

Before the release of Phantom Breaker: Omnia the game had a total of 18 playable characters.[5] An additional "female gang member" character was planned, but never made it into the final game.[6]

  • Mikoto Nishina (仁科 美琴, Nishina Mikoto): A 19-year-old college violinist. Her weapon is a large, two-handed sword named Maestro. Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese); Erica Mendez (English).
  • Mei Orisaka (折坂 芽衣, Orisaka Mei): A 14-year-old idol. Her weapon is a magical wand called Candy. Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (Japanese); Kira Buckland (English).
  • Yuzuha Fujibayashi (藤林 柚葉, Fujibayashi Yuzuha): 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. Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese); Amber Connor (English).
  • Waka Kumon (九紋 稚, Kumon Waka): A descendant 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. Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese); Cristina Vee (English).
  • Ren Tatewaki (帯刀 蓮, Tatewaki Ren): One of the few males in this contest. He is fighting to cure his little sister of an incurable disease. He fights with a gauntlet named Koutarou. Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English).
  • M (影霧, Eimu): 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. Voiced by: Satomi Moriya (Japanese); Sarah Anne Williams (English).
  • Itsuki Kōno (神埜 唯月, Kōno Itsuki): She does not know much of the world and has a gentle personality but a strong sense of justice. She beats opponents over the head with her battle hammer, Maggie. Voiced by: Akiko Hasegawa (Japanese); Erica Lindbeck (English).
  • Ria Tōjō (東條 莉亜, Tōjō Ria): She finds out that one of the other combatants in Phantom Breaker killed her mother, and she is on a quest for revenge. She fights with two blades called Aldina. Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English).
  • Tokiya Kanzaki (神崎 刻夜, Kanzaki Tokiya): The other male main character in this game. He is the CEO of a pharmaceutical company and he is fighting in order to resurrect his parents, who were assassinated fifteen years ago. He uses a long sword named Setsuna. Voiced by: Eiji Miyashita (Japanese); Matt Mercer (English).
  • Cocoa (心愛, Kokoa): 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. Voiced by: Ai Matayoshi (Japanese); Luci Christian (English).
  • Fin (フィン, Fin): A 9-year-old time traveler from the future who is part of the organization "Schrodinger""Schrodinger". She is accompanied by a droid named Mauchuu. Her weapons are all-purpose laser guns named JJ Apple. Voiced by: Tomoko Kaneda (Japanese); Monica Rial (English).
  • Infinity (インフィニティ, Infiniti): He is not one of the main characters but the bodyguard to the mysterious Phantom. He fights using telekinesis. Voiced by: Akeru Semi (Japanese); Joe Zieja (English).
  • Sophia Karganova (ソフィア・カルガノワ, Sophia.Karuganowa): A new character added in Phantom Breaker: Extra. Sophia is a Fu-mantion Artifact made by the Russian Science Academy that despises Phantom. Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English).
  • Shizuka Saejima (冴嶋 閑, Saejima Shizuka): A 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. Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa (Japanese); Laura Stahl (English).
  • Ende (エンデ, Ende): A new character added in Phantom Breaker: Extra. Ende is from the Schrödinger Space-Time patrol group and brings a giant robot named Nataku into battle. Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi (Japanese); Daman Mills (English).
  • Gaito & Rin (ガイト & リン, Gaito & Rin): Two new characters 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. Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Japanese); Patrick Seitz (English) (Gaito) & Voiced by: Yuka Ōtsubo (Japanese); LilyPichu (English) (Rin).
  • Rimi Sakihata (咲畑 梨深, Sakihata Rimi): Guest character from Chaos;Head. She is a Gigalomaniac who can turn her delusions into reality. She wields a DI-sword. Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese); Carrie Savage (English).
  • Kurisu Makise (牧瀬 紅莉栖, Makise Kurisu): Guest character from Steins;Gate. She is 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. Voiced by: Asami Imai (Japanese); Trina Nishimura (English).

Release[edit]

Phantom Breaker was initially slated to be launched in April 2011,[7] but was delayed and released in June 2011.[8] The game had been announced for a first quarter 2012 North American release by 7Sixty (a subsidiary of SouthPeak Games)[9] but the release has since been cancelled for unknown reasons.

Phantom Breaker: Another Code[edit]

An arcade version of the game running on the RingEdge 2 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: Anazā Codo) was released on April 4, 2013. Version 1.1 was released in June 2013. This version adds Infinity, the game's final boss, as a playable character, rebalanced gameplay, and a new opening movie.[10]

Phantom Breaker: Extra[edit]

In 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:エクストラ) which was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 19, 2013. It features rebalanced gameplay, new characters, new techniques, a new "Extra" fighting style, new stages, renewed background effects, and an online spectator mode.[11][12] Unlike the first console release, it is region-free.

Phantom Breaker: Omnia[edit]

In 2020 the company Rocket Panda Games announced that it will publish the updated version of the game called Phantom Breaker: Omnia for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. It features all the fighters from Phantom Breaker: Extra in addition to two new characters, a remixed soundtrack, a new fighting style called Omnia, balance adjustments, and the ability to play though stories of both the original game and Phantom Breaker: Extra. This will be the first time the game will see a release outside of Japan and it will feature both Japanese and English voice acting.

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Co-developed with Delta Factory and R.U.N. Phantom Breaker: Omnia co-developed with GameLoop
  2. ^ ファントムブレイカー (Fantomu Bureikā)
  1. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Extra Coming This September Update". Siliconera. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  2. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Extra Announced For PlayStation 3 And Xbox 360". Siliconera. 2013-05-21. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  3. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Omnia announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC". Gematsu. 2020-10-15. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  4. ^ "The Two Types Of Fighters In Phantom Breaker". Siliconera. 2010-11-20. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Characters Page of Phantom Breaker". 5pb. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Phantom Breaker Was Going To Have A Female Gang Member Character". Siliconera. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  7. ^ "Phantom Breaker Hit With A Delay In Japan". Siliconera. April 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Phantom Breaker Breaks Out In June, Here's A Trailer". Siliconera. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Phantom Breaker To Get Special Limited Edition Release". Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  10. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Another Code Makes Final Boss Playable". Siliconera. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  11. ^ "Slap Other Fighters With A Giant Robot Hand In Phantom Breaker: Extra". Siliconera. 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  12. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Extra Has Spectator Mode For Online Battles". Siliconera. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01.

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