What is Phantom Forces? It’s what would happen if Legos could shoot!

Phantom Forces - like Lego Weapons but in a game
December 4, 2020
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What is Phantom Forces and what is Phantom Forces based on? It’s an FPS (First Person Shooter) game from StyLis Studios, designed for both PC and XBox One; it draws inspiration from games like Battlefield 4 and others (like its predecessor, “Call of Robloxia”) but with a twist: it uses Lego-like characters with modern Lego-like) guns. When ya watch it you’ll see why we say, it’s like If Legos Could Shoot. We like it (a lot), but read up before jumping on a Phantom Forces Discord channel, leave straight for the Phantom Forces Wiki, or run off to buy Roblox currency. First, you gotta get your learn on with us.

With COVID-19 pretty much destroying all normal social interaction (assuming you had one in the first place; it’s okay, you don’t need to share), the one constant in life that remains is video games. Namely, the ones that involve blasting friends with more lead than the pipelines in Flint, Michigan. Since shooters remain king in the realm of distracting yourself from the real world falling apart around you, what better shooter to explore than a free one? Enter Phantom Forces from Roblox.

Phantom Forces by Roblox

First, what even is a Roblox?

Before we dive any deeper, you might be wondering what Roblox even is. Is it the latest Fortnite dance move kids these days are all about? Is it a meme? Does it pay taxes?!?! Long story short, Roblox is a robust online platform that allows users to create their own unique games for free, having attracted the attention of hundreds of millions of gamers and prospective developers alike. So why would anyone pick this relatively simple game engine over the Unreal or the Source 2 gaming engines? Accessibility is the name of the game, for both creators and consumers.

Nearly all age groups can find something up their alley, ranging from racing, puzzle, action, adventure, to shooters. With a staggering 40 million games in its library and 164 million monthly active users to play with, Roblox has more than enough to hold over even the most casual of gamers. The only real cost to the player is in the form of in-game purchases through a virtual currency system known as “Robux”, but this is hardly a surprise to anyone familiar with a free to play model. Everyone’s got to make their bread one way or another.

What is Phantom Forces?

Do It Yourself FPS

With the immense popularity of the Roblox platform, it was only natural that a competitive first-person shooter would arise from it. Comprising of just six major developers, StyLis Studios conjured up the unthinkable combination: What if Call of Duty: Black Ops, Battlefield: Hardline and some random Lego set had an ungodly three-way? Thus, Phantom Forces was born. Two paramilitary teams go head to head in fairly large maps using modern-day military armaments and equipment until a victor is determined. There’s no real story to follow here, just pure wholesome runnin’ and gunnin’ other people…or blocks I should say.

Phantom Forces on Twitch

As you can imagine, Phantom Forces can be seen all over Twitch. One of those streamers (who is more or less in “our” crew) is Dagnolio.

Blocky Aesthetics

I wasn’t exaggerating when I mentioned the Lego part. Under the Roblox game engine, character models, environments, props, buildings, sets, etc. are ALL blocky, rudimentary geometric shaped configurations. The engine presents everything almost as if the original Super Mario on the SNES came to a life-sized scale. When your in-game avatar wields a real-world firearm such as an AK-12, it’s an accurate model depiction…but just cartoonishly rectangular.

There’s a fun, playful charm as the individual soldiers on the battlefield are quite literally just sliding humanoid blocks with permanent smiles fixed onto their weird cylinder-shaped heads. It’s certainly different than what is typical of the current shooter market.

Phantom Forces fan art by i5k

Phantom Forces fan art by u/i5k on Reddit.

If Tetris Shot Back

The actual gameplay of Phantom Forces is something anyone who touched a shooter in the past 13 years should be familiar with. You have your standard weapon and class loadout, real-world military firearms, two team configuration, unlockable assets, face-paced action, and trash-talking chat rooms. The actual shooting and movement mechanics are nearly the same as any Call of Battle Rainbow Warzone Siege 2: The Electric Boogaloo game that’s come out in the last decade, right down to the sprinting into a sliding crouching position, vaulting over barriers, aiming down sights, and enormous emphasis on speed over methodically approaches. The main gameplay element is the in-person combative shooting exchanges rather than anything vehicular at the current moment.

You have your usual assortment of game modes including Team Deathmatch, 1v1, Capture the Flag and King of the Hill. Players are able to rank up and acquire in-game credits that can be spent towards new guns, optics, muzzle devices, grips, and the like. As per many other free to play games, microtransactions are ever-present with loot crates and such that incentivize real-world cash to unlock Roblox’s “Robux”. Items can include weapons and character cosmetic skins as well as a faster means to unlock new guns.

An FN FAL, PF style. Via u/ubIourgus on Reddit.

An FN FAL, PF style. Via u/bIourgus on Reddit.

Map design is your usual selection of urban city blocks, office complexes, farmlands, deserts, and vertical high rises. These can become fairly sizable so it wisely allows players to use a Battlefield style spawning system whereby individuals can be given the option spawn with a teammate not currently engaged in combat or to spawn at the base. Trust me, with how often you’ll die a blocky death, you’ll need this.

Well Put Together or Better Left in Pieces?

The ingredients for a halfway decent multiplayer game are certainly here, but with so many generic shooters over saturating the market today, how does the quality of Phantom Forces actually hold up under scrutiny? Stay tuned for our next piece as I bite the bullet, avoid stepping on Legos, get my ass kicked by kids half my age, and find out for you!\

Phantom Forces - like Lego Weapons but in a game

Phantom Forces – like Lego Weapons but in a game!

Phantom Forces Wiki

Or, maybe more of a Phantom Forces FAQ?

PF is too involved to be covered in great detail in an article like this. So, for more information, check out the Roblox Phantom Forces sections of Fandom (StyLis Studios); there’s more here. Wikipedia has an article about Roblox writ large here on Wikipedia, and there’s even a “Parents Guide” to Roblox, which no one here actually read (nor likely ever will).

Here are a few other things you might want to know.

Phantom Forces Discord

Looking to get in a conversation with some other blocky badasses? You can find a list of Phantom Forces Discord links at Disboard.org, or you can just jump straight into pr/reddit. (There are some r/ threads about other Phantom Forces Discord options too.)

Phantom Forces Discord via Reddit

Phantom Forces Discord via Reddit. Lots of good info on the various Reddit threads, if not as well organized and easily accessed as the Phantom Forces Wiki.

 

Phantom Forces Discord

Phantom Forces Discord on Disboard.

How to votekick in Phantom Forces

Phantom Forces Controls: Votekick

A vote to kick a player from the server must be initiated (in the game, not in chat, Phantom Forces Discord,or any other VOIP/text discussionn). If that vote is successful, they won’t be able to join. NOTE: there is a cooldown between vote-kick attempts, no matter who initiated it. The command is /votekick: player (wherein player is the player you’re trying to votekick.

In private servers, there are both kick and hardkick options. You can find those and other significant commands in this directory of Phantom Forces controls.

Phantom Forces wiki - phantom forces votekick

How to votekick in Phantom Forces, from the Phantom Forces Wiki.

For additional Phantom Forces controls, hit the PF Mechanics page.

What is the name of the currency used in Roblox?

Roblox virtual money is “Robux”

In-game purchases and upgrades are made using their “coin of the realm” (i.e. virtual currency): Robux. You don’t have to use them, but obviously having some to spend will arguably make you enjoy the game more — assuming you’re interested in different skins for your avatar, upgraded abilities and gear, that sort of thing. You can purchase Robux with $$$ irl from a number of places, including on Amazon (or, as we like to call it, Amazon USA). You can also obtain Robux with a subscription, get ’em as a gift, earn ’em by charging for stuff in your own games to other people, that sort of thing.

What is the name of the currency used in Roblox? It's Robux.

“What is the name of the currency used in Roblox”, you ask? It’s called Robux, and you can buy it online. It won’t help ya get long with folks on the Phantom Forces Discord, but it will help you become more combat effective. Or just look cooler anyway, and that’s important. (This is from the Roblox website, not the Phantom Forces Wiki.)

Oh, and ya might also check out the Roblox blog. Plenty of other games besides Phantom Forces!

 

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