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American Xbox 360 Owners Soon to Get Japanese 2D Fighter Phantom Breaker

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Posted on January 5, 2012 AT 02:59pm

THE BUZZ: Looking for some fighting action outside of the big names like Street Fighter, Tekken, or Mortal Kombat? A little something called Phantom Breaker might be right up your alley.

Set for publishing here in North America by 7Sixty (a division of Southpeak), Phantom Breaker is a 2D fighter which was released in Japan last year by Japanese developer 5pb. So far, only a special edition version of the game has been announced for our shores, but Siliconera reports that for the $39.99 price of the SE, you’ll get the game, a limited-edition box, a mini strategy guide, a desk calendar, and two double-sided posters.

EGM’s TAKE: While here in the West most of the 2D fighting games we see are the big-name titles from companies like Capcom, SNK, or Aksys, in Japan there’s a huge market not only for lesser-know games such as Phantom Breaker, but also doujin fighters—basically, indie-produced games based around original concepts and character rosters.

One of the most recent examples of such games was Arcana Heart 3, which Aksys Games brought over here as a digital-only release via the PlayStation Network. To see Phantom Breaker as an Xbox 360 title is a little surprising, but it’s nice that the console is also getting games such as this.

While Phantom Breaker probably won’t be on the same level as, say, a BlazBlue or The King of Fighters XIII, it could still provide a lot of fun for fighting fans hoping to find something new and different.

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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