I've been able to figure late last night how to play Phantom Dust, so I've done this video a bit earlier than anticipated. Without any japanese reading skills the game is still very hard to play, but I'm happy to say that I've just had confirmation that the full version will have an english language option !
I'll do a full report on Phantom Dust when I get the full version, but here is a quick guide of the gameplay.
In Phantom Dust you get to play in small to medium destructible arenas, with up to 4 players. You move your player using the left stick, and the camera with the right stick. You can lock on any enemy with the right trigger.
When you appear in the arena 3 colored spheres are available nearby. By walking on a sphere and pressing one of the 4 A/B/X/Y buttons you assign the power contained in the sphere to that button. There are 5 types of spheres :
- White : Aura (increases your maximum magic)
- Red : Attack powers
- Blue : Defense
- Yellow : Special
- Green : I'm not too sure...
Each sphere can contain any power of the type. Attack powers can be short, medium or long ranged. Each power uses a certain amount of Aura, some disappear as soon as you use them, other stay until you assign something else to that button.
The powers are described when you pass on a sphere or by using the D-Pad, but since it's in difficult japanese you can only get a quick idea of what's it doing (eg the range, the power used).
Each power uses a certain number of magic points. The magic points increases automatically up to a maximum. This maximum increases each time you get and use (so you have to assign it to a key first) a white sphere.
I'll let you watcht the video so you can get a better idea of how the game looks (hint: it's amazing). Just do not watch while expecting me to play correctly, I'm even worst than usual ;)