Chaos Breaker / Dark Awake

ABOUT:  Running on Taito's Type X arcade board, Chaos Breaker is a fantasy-themed sprite-based 2D fighting game developed by Eolith and released exclusively in Japan arcades. The PS3 version released in Japan under its pre-production name, Dark Awake: The King Has No Name. The character designs in the game look to be straight out of Dungeon's & Dragons or the World of Warcraft realm, featuring a mix of weapon-users, elves, orcs, and magicians. Players select a team of 3 characters, similar to The King of Fighters series. In Fact, Eolith was the same team who worked on The King of Fighters 2002. In Chaos Breaker, there are 18 playable characters, 3 bosses, and six different races featured in the game, including: Human, Dark Elf, Elf, Orc, Dwarf, and Undead.


Death Adder? Is that you?


In Chaos Breaker, players also collect various RPG-inspired items and can use them as they advance through each level in the single-player mode. There are a ton of different items the player can obtain, such as: healing potions, protection rings, magical scrolls, spears, hammers, defense shields, invisible cloaks, wind boots, death staffs, lucky coins, and life-absorption swords.

If KOF and WOW had a baby...


In 2004, Chaos Breaker released exclusively in Japanese arcades. After 6 years without any sort of console release, publisher Recom brought the game to PlayStation 3 (via PSN) on August 10th, 2010 under its pre-production name, Dark Awake: The King Has No Name. The home version features trophy support, online mode with ranking, practice mode, and playable boss characters.


That is one mean-lookin' troll.

FUN FACT: The Japanese PlayStation 3 version, titled Dark Awake: The King Has No Name, enables 2 of the game's boss characters to be playable for the first time (via cheat codes), those being Thiele and Manticore. The final boss, The King Has No Name, isn't playable in any version.


SAVE US CONAN! *ehem* ...Ramda.

Page Updated: July 26th, 2021
Developer(s): Eolith
Publisher(s): Taito Corporation
Platform(s): Arcade, PlayStation 3
Release Date(s): 2004                                Arcade
Aug. 5th, 2010
           PS3 (PSN)
Characters Ramda, Sandra, Elion, Fina, Evetta, Mara, Nagar, Orc, Troll, Dorgan, Vargan, Goblin, GerhardsenII, Vritra, Bernhard, Nsidor, Curse Head, Zon, Manticore, Thiele, The King Has No Name

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Related Games: Warzard, Golden Axe: The Duel, Mace: The Dark Age, The King of Fighters 2002, Soul Calibur, Blade Strangers, Asura Blade

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Final Words:

I first learned about Chaos Breaker in the early 2010's... but finding any information, artwork, or screenshots for the game was impossible (at that time). Thanks to emulators, some have finally gotten a chance to play this rare 2D fighting game. Thus, we now have high-quality video and crispy screenshots of the game to enjoy... even if most of us don't have easy access this game - since it had such a limited release. Needless to say, most fighting game fans outside of Japan never got a chance to play Chaos Breaker / Dark Awake... and it's kind of a shame.

From what I've seen, Chaos Breaker / Dark Awake is a surprisingly sharp-looking and interestingly-animated 2D fighter. It's also made by the same team behind KOF 2002, so it might be worth a look from SNK fans. Chaos Breaker's character designs are hit-or-miss, and mostly resemble RPG archetypes we've seen countless times before in other genres.

With how polished the game is... it's surprising that Dark Awake didn't get a more widespread release. Too bad the PS3 version only released in Japan, because I definitely would've picked it up if it was localized. Hopefully, Dark Awake will eventually become easily available for everyone to check out.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen


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