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  • Summary: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a 2D beat 'em up from Mages/5pb, the makers of Steins;Gate, Bullet Soul, and other great games. Choose a fighter and battle against the bizarre minions of the evil wizard Phantom. Enjoy classic beat 'em up gameplay with a fighting game twist. Dash throughPhantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a 2D beat 'em up from Mages/5pb, the makers of Steins;Gate, Bullet Soul, and other great games. Choose a fighter and battle against the bizarre minions of the evil wizard Phantom. Enjoy classic beat 'em up gameplay with a fighting game twist. Dash through colorful Tokyo locales, strengthen your characters, team up with your friends, fight dragons and killer robots!

    Story Mode - Enjoy a lighthearted story as you battle Phantom's minions across 8 stages inspired by famous Tokyo districts.

    Arcade Mode - Challenge yourself to get the biggest combo, the highest score, or the fastest completion time.

    Multiplayer - Easy to learn mechanics make playing with your friends a snap. Team up with your friends for the local co-op or online campaign, or go to the battlegrounds arena and fight a pitched PVP battle! Up to 4 players supported.

    Customizable, Persistent Characters - 4 starting characters and 6 unlockable ones. Each character has a fully customizable stat and skill tree, and levels persist between all modes. Choose a favorite character and build them how you like! Every character has unique special attacks.

    Retro Charm - Vibrant sprite graphics and a catchy chiptune-inspired soundtrack for the discerning retro gamer!
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    80
    As lovable as ever, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is right at home on Sony's portable. It feels as though this is where the game belonged all along. Everything has carried over: the old school, beat-'em-up charm along with a heavy dose of gameplay variation and customization, but the added portability makes it even better than before.
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a splendid brawler.
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    78
    Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a great fighting game with colorful graphics and a great soundtrack. If you like the retro look and the feel of an old school fighter this is a must have.
  4. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 19, 2014
    70
    Doesn't push beat 'em ups forward with meaningful mechanical advancements. Worth a bash, though. [October 2014, p77]
  5. Sep 10, 2014
    60
    Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a reasonably priced title that is good for pick up and play sessions.
  6. Aug 18, 2014
    60
    Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a fun, fast paced brawler, with a strong retro presentation that runs out of steam all too quickly. Repetitiveness almost over shadows everything that it does well, and the ghost town multiplayer modes certainly don’t help either. That said, if you’re up for an old school beat-‘em-up – with some modern additions – then this title may still be worth rescuing.
  7. Aug 21, 2014
    50
    Battle Grounds may have nice animations, interesting, old-school-inspired environments, and the heart of a classic beat-'em-up, but its gameplay pales in comparison to its more quality-oriented, difficult, and well-balanced competition. It's an easy, almost mindless romp.

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  1. Oct 21, 2014
    8
    if you're looking for a beat em up with anime theme look no further!
    i think this game is under $10 on psn, and well worth it imho.
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    if you're looking for a beat em up with anime theme look no further!
    i think this game is under $10 on psn, and well worth it imho.

    you can play online with 2 other people, and the game has several heroes to pick from.
    it has a single dlc that costs 4 or 5 bucks and that adds 1 addition character, and increases the level cap. so you can hold off on the purchase unless you really enjoy the game, and in that case it seems worthwhile.

    i've put a couple hours into this so far and it's a great game to pop on before bedtime for example. short bursts of beat em up action.

    check out some video reviews or footage, for the price i think this game is a great value.
    sadly does not work on my PSTV as of oct 21st. hopefully they add support for this gem.
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