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Japanese developer Nippon Ichi may be best known to North American gamers for its traditionally styled tactical RPGs, released for the PlayStation 2 in the U.S. Phantom Brave is designed to bring a little bit of innovation to the studio's mastered genre, however, by freeing the player from conventions such as isometric battlefields and rigid movement gridlines. Characters can be moved freely around the organically layered battlefields of Phantom Brave, to compete in classic, turn-based battles of magic and melee. The game follows the story of Marona, an orphaned girl who had lived by herself on a strange island full of spirits and phantoms. Now, accompanied by her friend Ash, the ghost of a warrior who fell while fighting alongside her parents, the young heroine travels to different places on Phantom Island and uses her unique powers to help good people in need.
Phantom Brave Special Edition contains a bonus soundtrack featuring 15 songs from the game. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide