Phantom Dust for Xbox is a third-person perspective dynamic arcade game with tactic and cRPG elements. The title refers to one of Japanese anime movies. Moreover, originally Phantom Dust was available exclusively in Japan. Only after some time the decision was made so as to release an English version of the game. It is worth mentioning that this is an exclusive Xbox title.
The plot is set in post-apocalyptic realities. The humanity is on the verge of extinction. Those who managed to survive, hid beneath the Earth’s surface, in order to avoid creatures wandering around the world and the titular dust. It can cause memory loss and make the biggest fears and anxieties real. However, this is not the end of its properties. It can also affect the chosen ones and give them super powers. The player controls one of Espers, which is the group of the chosen by dust. The main hero is found in a mysterious capsule. Once he breaks free, he needs to find details concerning his past and bring back the natural order on the Earth. As it is a Japanese production, the game surprises with a number of plot twists. During gameplay you can count on support from other survivors.
Gameplay largely consists in combat with creatures which took over the surface of the planet. The character controlled by the player can develop skills, just like a hero from classic cRPG game. The game features around 300 extremely different skills. Some of them can inflict serious damage, but there are also ones which enable you to take over abilities from defeated creatures.
The campaign prepared by the developers consists of around 200 simple missions. The player needs not only to develop his character, but also keep track of items. Chatting with NPCs and getting assignments from them also deserve recognition. Apart from the single player campaign, the game also features extensive multiplayer. Two players can enjoy it at the same time in front of one screen. However, Phantom Dust also uses Xbox Live. Interestingly, in multiplayer your character also develops and acquires skills unavailable in single player.
Visually, Phantom Dust released on Xbox is impressive. The game features a destruction system that enables the player to destroy some environment elements. This introduces a tactic aspect to the game. Amazing sound effects and the professional soundtrack, which adjusts the music to the action on the screen, are also noteworthy.