Excerpt: Now that I have overthrown the final boss, I think it is fairly safe to say that Phantom Brave (PB) is the most complicated RPG I have had the pleasure, and occasional displeasure, to play. Nippon Ichi's (NI) newest (at least on this side of the world) strategy RPG is chock full of what makes a great strategy RPG with a heaping helping of incredible freedom and customization.
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...
Summary: Phantom Brave is not for those just coming in to Nippon Ichi's RPG's and although there is plenty different about this one there is a lot to keep Tactical RPG fans and fans of the Nippon Ichi range happy enough with a unique take on the format. While the story is more dramatic, losing much of the comedy of Disgaea's, it does its job. If your a fan of either of the two then go ahead and pick this up but for new players I would recommend heading for Disgaea first.
Excerpt: Waayy back in the summer of ’03, Nippon Ichi and Atlus decided to test the American waters with Disgaea: Hour of Darkness . Demand for this game was so high they saw fit to release La Pucelle: Tactics , a game that had been released in Japan in 2002. This Tactical-RPG-release frenzy continued recently, with Phantom Brave . Like its predecessors, Phantom Brave is a very fun game with a deep battle system, nearly unlimited customizability, and a great story.
Conclusion: Phantom Brave est, avec Disgaea, ce qui se fait de mieux en matière de Tactical-RPG. Si l’impression est d’autant meilleure que le genre est sous-représenté en Europe, le jeu brille tout de même par ses qualités propres, en dehors de toute comparaison. L’histoire est passionnante, le système de combat très technique et la gestion des personnages et objets d’une richesse impressionnante.