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  • Summary: Hidden underground for most of your life, you emerge to the surface to explore your supernatural abilities. In a postapocalyptic world rife with monsters and mysterious particles known as "phantom dust," it's up to you to defeat your opponents using your psychic powers, skills, and strategies. Use each level's destructible environments to crush your enemies. Phantom Dust features both single-player and multiplayer modes, including online play via Xbox Live. Expand
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  1. 9 / 9 / 9 / 9 - platinum [Sept 2004]
  2. Excels because it manages to combine action and strategy in a way I never saw coming.
  3. The targeting system for Phantom dust is quite horrible.
  4. 82
    The battles may seem simple, but they contain enough tricks and cards to provide depth beyond any simple shoot-em-ups.
  5. With gorgeous visuals, a lush and sometimes haunting soundtrack, and the ability to download new powers, Dust is a brilliant counterpoint to the shooter-heavy Xbox Live lineup. [March 2005, p.129]
  6. 80
    If you like card games or twitch combat then this one is definitely for you.
  7. 60
    On the outside the game has everything going for it - beautifully stylised visuals, atmospheric sound and an interesting storyline - but on the inside it's riddled with bad design choices that could have easily been avoided with a bit of extra thought from the developer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Jan 6, 2013
    10
    AMAZING soundtrack: Classical music with a twist. Great multiplayer experience and great story.
    It's one downside: its VERY hard to play in
    multiplayer on split screen because every single player MUST have played on it's own at least half an hour on that very Xbox console in order to even have an arsenal to play with. But really it's the only downside to it. Other than that a fantastic game. Expand
  2. MattA
    Jan 8, 2010
    10
    This game is extremley good, it was released in 2005 and im still playing it now in 2010, get this game its that good.
  3. JamesA.
    Mar 24, 2007
    10
    No other game like it, has great online, multiplayer never gets old, the game itself is amazing, the game a it's core is a card game but there is no turns and is like a third person shooter, endless amounts of "magic/cards" that you can acquire, if you like "Magic card game" this is for you 100% Expand
  4. MichaelR.
    Oct 27, 2004
    9
    The game is near perfect if you like strategy-based real-time battle games. I know it's not a big genre, but this is the best I've played yet. Somone, anyone, please bring this to North America. Expand
  5. Oct 25, 2011
    9
    This was one of the last games that came out for the original Xbox, right before the 360. It was pretty overlooked for this reason, but nevertheless its a great game. I have never, ever, liked a card based videogame before in my life. Essentially, thats what Phantom Dust is, a really awesome card game. It sounds weird, but it's really good. Great story, nice art style, and just a really fun game. Get this! Expand
  6. AM
    Mar 29, 2005
    9
    for $20 you can't beat it. The single player is a good 20 hr. tutorial for playing online multiplayer or split screen. the story is good for those who like it. The replay-ability is is good and the skills to collect are deep. It's a combat game mixed with trading card features, so if you like collecting things and planning strategy it's for you. Expand
  7. GaryW.
    Jan 1, 2005
    3
    Extremly dull and basic. and the men run like osterichs, believe me people. this game is overrated.

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