Phantom Brave - PS2

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Phantom Brave (PS2)
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Nippon Ichi Soft. Co.: Nippon Ichi
Publishers: Koei (GB)
Released: 11 Feb 2005 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Features: Analogue Control Compatible: analogue sticks only
Accessories: Memory Card


Phantom Brave, from developer Nippon Ichi, is a strategic role-play game in the same vein as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and La Pucelle: Tactics, both titles from the same software house. From the turn-based RPG school of thought, the player must build his characters’ strength and abilities, moving them about the expansive isometric map in the land of Ivoire.

The game’s central character is Marona, a young girl shunned by society as a witch. Marona is able to summon Ash, the ‘Phantom Brave’ of the title, to fight for her. Ash is a heroic young warrior trapped between life and death; but as the game progresses, Marona becomes able to summon more and different, ghostly guardians from beyond the grave. With these spectral companions she is able to undertake contracts for various mercenary missions, thus earning money, meeting more ghosts she can summon, and so on. Combat features an unusual mechanic in that Marona’s invisible friends, if they are to be used, must be summoned into an inanimate object such as a rock or tree. The character then takes on certain attributes from the object chosen, so for instance they may be stronger if the object was a rock. The game features free-roaming battle maps instead of the more traditional RPG ‘grid’ system, and a system whereby the player can fully customise their characters. Publishers KOEI boast that the game will satisfy even the hardiest of RPG gamers with over 100 hours of gameplay and limitlessly variable dungeon maps.


Phantom Brave - PS2 Artwork