Phantom Dust is making a comeback to Xbox One and Microsoft 10 tomorrow and it will be free. The game and graphics are true to the original but with improvements to resolution and Xbox Live support. Phantom Dust is an unique action/strategy game that some believe to be one of the best original Xbox games.
Phantom Dust Overview
Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth, you interact with several human outposts to understand the planet’s devastation. Unfortunately, everyone you come in contact with has suffered some kind of amnesia. Integrating elements of a third person shooter and a collectible card game, you battle through different combat stages and collect artifacts to piece together the past.
The combat system in place was quite unique for that time. When you accept a combat mission, you can pick a NPC ally to assist you against your opponents. In order to deal damage, you must collect skill orbs that are located throughout the map. These skills are powered by Aura which depletes with each moves usage and recharges slowly over time.
There are a variety of skills to use in combat that specialize in different aspects like offense, defense, restoration, buffs and debuffs. These attacks also belong to different Schools applying the rock, paper, scissor style of strategy.
A Rough History
Phantom Dust has not had a very smooth history. It was first released in Japan in September 2004. At that time, Microsoft was struggling to capture a share of the gaming market. The development team did make an English version for Western audiences as well. Unfortunately, Microsoft cancelled the original plan to release it to the US in the latter of 2004. However, the game made its way into the North American market in March the following year.
Nearly a decade later, Microsoft had intentions to reboot Phantom Dust for the newly released Xbox One. But financial issues lead to the project’s cancellation. However, the game’s spirit stayed very much alive. It was announced at last year’s E3 that it would make a comeback this year.
After many challenges, the game finally makes its way to Xbox One and Microsoft 10 on May 16, 2017. You can get it for free from each console’s respective stores.