Excerpt: Originally released for the PlayStation 2 all the way back in 2005, Phantom Brave has returned, this time on the PSP. Aptly titled Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle , the game’s name is pretty much the only thing that has been changed. The Hermuda Triangle is, for all intents and purposes, a direct port of the original, even lacking the additions and tweaks made for its Wii sibling Phantom Brave: We Meet Again .
Excerpt: Phantom Brave: The Hermuda Triangle marks the second time that NISA has ported its gridless tactical RPG, originally seen on the PS2. Those that did play the first port over to the Wii, We Meet Again , will no doubt be wondering what more new additions have been made to attract them to this version.
Conclusion: Phantom Brave is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Blood, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Use of Alcohol. The 2-D sprite-based graphics really tone down the blood and violence, so it’s really not that bad at all. The language, suggestive themes, and alcohol use are mostly in the text only. Even though characters have spoken voice, strong reading skill is still required for all the menus and such.
Excerpt: Two types of people are interested in Phantom Brave: We Meet Again . There's a joke in here somewhere, but also a suggestion on how to read this review. Those who first played Phantom Brave on the PS2 should feel free to jump to the final four paragraphs, where the Wii-exclusive content is explored in depth. First-timers interested in NIS America's gridless tactical RPG should continue reading as usual; all will be revealed in time.
Excerpt: When Nippon Ichi seemingly appeared out of nowhere with their quirky, but deeply brilliant Disgaea , they immediately set a bar for themselves higher than many gaming companies could ever achieve in their lifetime. As Irving Berlin once said, "The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
Excerpt: Well, it may have been inevitable that after the immense success it had with Disgaea , Nippon Ichi Software would endeavour to follow it up with another tactical RPG featuring the trademark humour and addictive gameplay found in that title. Or at least, that would be the logical conclusion to draw.
Excerpt: A follow-up of sorts to Disgaea: Hour of Darkness , Phantom Brave is Nippon Ichi’s latest entry into the Strategy RPG genre. The game picks up right where Disgaea and La Pucelle: Tactics left off, combining a great, funny storyline with intense action, providing one of the best Strategy RPGs on the market today. Phantom Brave is Nippon Ichi’s best looking title so far, and proves that there is still a lot to be said for traditional, hand-drawn sprites.
Excerpt: As technology has improved, so has the aesthetic and aural nature of the gaming medium. Large quantities of cash now envelop the development of a game to ensure the final product is one similar to a Hollywood blockbuster. Well, if a title like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for example, is akin to that Hollywood blockbuster then Phantom Brave is most certainly likened to that of an independent movie; a game relying on the fundamentals of film making; a story which...