As I have already mentioned many times on this site, Phantom Brave on the PlayStation 2 was my very first journey into the world of tactical RPGs developed by Nippon Ichi Software. Second only to the never-again-released Makai Kingdom in my opinion, this is one of the lesser appreciated works from Nippon Ichi Software America in my opinion, overtaken by the more out-there Disgaea franchise which continues to push the boundaries of the genre. But from its unique gameplay mechanics to incredibly heartwarming story, it is a game I have never forgotten about.
Giving players to either join or rejoin Marona and Ash on their quest, NIS America have this week released a PC port of the game’s enhanced Wii/PSP remake onto Steam under the title Phantom Brave PC. If you are interested in picking this game up, check it out HERE.
About Phantom Brave PC
On a small, lonely island in Ivoire lives Ash, a Phantom who lost his life in battle, and Marona, who has the ability to communicate with Phantoms. Sometimes, Marona receives Bottlemails that float along the sea.
Marona, who lost her parents when she was very young, makes her living by completing the requests inside the Bottlemails as a Chroma, a person who accepts freelance work to solve problems for people. However, because of her abilities, the people call her the “Possessed.” Even if she completes her work, some clients will hesitate to pay her the reward because of her reputation.
Still, Marona stays optimistic and follows what her parents told her long ago: “Help people, and someday everyone will start to like you.” Her goal is to save enough money to buy Phantom Isle, which she’s currently renting. Like a subtle wave in the sea, the adventures of Marona and Ash are about to begin.