Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. A sublime blend of old and new, Battle Fantasia has both the hardcore mechanics and depth to attract devout beat-’em-up fanatics and the style, polish and approachability to rope in the less devoted gamer. It could use a few more characters and perhaps a little more substance but still, BF is easily one of the better fighting games to grace the current generation of consoles so far. [JPN Import]
  2. It's pure fighting from the get go that gives the gamer a ton of variety.
  3. There are only a few fighters that are more lighthearted and pick-up-and-play-enjoyable than Battle Fantasia, but such whimsy and simplicity come at a premium price in the land of fighting games.
  4. Battle Fantasia grabs hold of a player, there's no telling how many hours of enjoyment it's good for.
  5. Considering this game hails from the same company that created the insanity that is Guilty Gear, you might expect Battle Fantasia to play as fast as the Flash with a caffeine buzz. While it offers up a fair amount of craziness, BF turns out to be a slightly slower, more technical fighter.
  6. A fantastic old-fashioned fighter that's maybe a little [Mar 2009, p.78]
  7. Battle Fantasia is a solid Beat'em Up, an exemplar new IP. Great characters and deep gameplay mechanics, supported by an unusual variety, make Arc System title an hidden gem. Unfortunately, the game reaches PAL market a few years after its original release, and that means that graphic engine isn't excellent. With more game modes (and a budget price), the title could have been a must buy.
  8. Still, while Battle Fantasia's mechanics seem to work well enough, it's also a little barebones for today's fighting market.
  9. The slower, more deliberate pace and the hefty fine levied by missed throws and counters may initially confuse those expecting Guilty Fear in a new set of clothes, but ultimately provides a smoother learning curve and a more welcoming experience for new players. [Sept 2008, p.94]
  10. Battle Fantasia certainly isn't going to have anyone cancelling their pre-order for Street Fighter IV; it's not even in the same league as Capcom's superlative re-envisioning. But if you've room in your life for more than one 2D fighter, then Battle Fantasia is a polished if slightly standard gem worthy of any would-be fighter's time.
  11. A very tight fighter, with tried-and-tested 2D mechanics cloaked in a 2.5D visual presentation. [Sept 2008, p.111]
  12. The most accessible fighting game on 360. [Feb 2009, p.86]
  13. 70
    Even with Street Fighter IV currently being the best fighting game in the market, Battle Fantasia is still a solid fighting game that has some interesting Japanese RPG elements as well as fantastic visuals and art.
  14. With its unique art style, eclectic characters and accessible gameplay it's an easy and fun little way to get back into beat-'em-ups. [Issue#43, p.99]
  15. Backed by a quality studio, Battle Fantasia is an interesting fighting game which can result risky at times. It has some RPG elements, although shallow, which change some of the more typical aspects of its genre, and only a dozen characters. The advantage is that there are no filler characters, but a larger line-up would have favoured the game with more variety.
  16. There's fun to be had with Battle Fantasia. It's a title that's reasonably easy to pick up and play but has enough technical depth to take some time to master. There isn't enough depth in the content and fighting to appeal to the hardcore fighting game fan.
  17. 67
    It's an enjoyable fighter even with its flaws, and it's a pleasing sidestep from Arc's edgy world of "Guilty Gear."
  18. 65
    Battle Fantasia is a decent distraction but can’t compete with the high profile fighters, both out now on Xbox 360 and on the way, in looks, depth, or feature set. The character design is about the only thing that sets this game apart from the pack.
  19. Battle Fantasia may be a niche game for a specific audience, but otaku will live happily ever after.
  20. With Street Fighter IV out on the shelves, Battle Fantasia couldn't have found a worse time to be published. Most hardcore gamers will though like the deep and solid 2d gameplay, once they'll have mastered it.
  21. Guilty Gear fans are going to be disappointed with Battle Fantasia, of that there is no doubt. Despite looking like it should be an incredibly hardcore fighter, what with the heavy anime-influence and Japanese voice work, it turns out that it's heavy on accessibility, with only the parry system requiring any practice.
  22. Battle Fantasia is indeed an original product, different from other titles of the same genre. A gameplay too easy and boring completely spoils the fun, placing this title way below Arc System Works standards.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MikeRiley
    Oct 27, 2008
    This fighter is definitely aimed at the less experienced audience. The final boss can be beaten on the hardest difficulty by spamming the same move the entire match. The art style is enjoyable and the story adds a lot to the experience. A solid casual fighter overall. Try before buying though. Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2010
    The final boss can be beaten on the hardest difficulty by spamming the same move the entire match, i think that was supposed to be in your review of SF4. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    Amazing this title, is funny, atractive, addictive, the graphics are great, the story is very interesting, the characters are ingenious, and the rest of the game is fabulous, I love Battle Fantasia. Full Review »