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  • Summary: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds. Enjoy fast and frantic arcade-style beat 'em up gameplay with cute characters. Beat up hordes of weird enemies with awesome special attacks. Local co-op and PVP supported for up to 4 players.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Feb 5, 2015
    80
    With a solid cast of characters, nonstop action, and solid 16-bit look and sound design, it’s a treat for those of us who recall the SNES/Genesis era with nostalgia.
  2. Feb 1, 2015
    80
    Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds evokes pleasant memories to anyone who has lived (and played) through the 80s and 90s.
  3. Jan 24, 2015
    79
    It’s far from perfect, but we had a lot of fun playing this game. If you’re looking for a old-school beat ‘em up to play with friends, you should check it out.
  4. Feb 6, 2015
    65
    I think when a game is ported to a more powerful platform, it’s a great opportunity to truly make the game shine, not make it worse by omitting key functionalities. Still, for fans of the genre who love beating down countless enemies as cute anime girls and don’t shy away from a serious challenge, they can expect to have a good time with Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds.
  5. 60
    Battle Grounds isn’t going to convert anyone who sees beat ‘em ups as mindless entertainment. Yet even when its ideas are half-baked in execution, the overwhelming style and ambition here make for one of the genre’s more memorable entries in recent years.
  6. Feb 1, 2015
    60
    As PC ports go, it’s pretty mundane in features, and the lack of online cooperative play hurts it, but the game, despite some of the shortcomings with its combat, is fun and charming that scratches an itch for people who like levelling up characters to take them through the difficulties, and as for what is available on the platform, you can do much worse than Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds.
  7. Apr 19, 2015
    40
    If the developers catered less to fans of dumb teen-oriented anime and tried to make their game more PC-friendly, I would have given it a better score. Because the combat system here is excellent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. May 28, 2015
    10
    10/10 It's like if Scott Pilgrim, and Madoka Magica had a baby, and that baby had an offspring with Neon Genisis Evangelion.

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    10/10 It's like if Scott Pilgrim, and Madoka Magica had a baby, and that baby had an offspring with Neon Genisis Evangelion.

    Each characters story lasts for about two hours, there are plenty of characters to unlock, I don't think I have them all unlocked either. Lots of different game modes, a killer sound track, and a story just as confusing as any other Japanese story. You'll love it.
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  2. Jul 17, 2015
    10
    Mechanically alone this game would be worth enough to recommend for brawler's fans thanks to the skill based and well refined combat system.Mechanically alone this game would be worth enough to recommend for brawler's fans thanks to the skill based and well refined combat system. Add this to the cute and unique characters (there's a lot of them), art direction and the challenging boss fights make of this a remarkable entry in the gender.

    Even if you are not fond of the anime aesthetic if you have enjoyed your time with TMNT and Battle Toads in the past I'm sure this will be a pleasant addition to your game library.

    PS: About the multiplayer complaint, it isn't valid since local multiplayer was available on day one and that was the advertised in the steam store page: Local multiplayer.
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  3. May 2, 2016
    10
    Very fun brawler with in depth combat the feels almost like a fighting game,surprising customization with the skill tree, cool charactersVery fun brawler with in depth combat the feels almost like a fighting game,surprising customization with the skill tree, cool characters amazing graphical design and feel Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2020
    5
    Pros:
    - Awesome 32-bit era graphics.
    - Good music. Cons: - Controls...Jesus, how would I descibe it. It's like most of beat'em ups, yet
    Pros:
    - Awesome 32-bit era graphics.
    - Good music.

    Cons:
    - Controls...Jesus, how would I descibe it. It's like most of beat'em ups, yet imagine that your up and down buttons on the D-pad are broken and you can only move back to the background and to your initial position. Switching between these 'lines' takes way too much dynamics from the game and slows it down quite a bit. What's more, it is very diificult to maneurve when there're a lot of enemies (sometimes on nightmare+ it maybe even be impossible to evade their attacks)Secondly, who the **** thought, that having UP as a jump button is a ******* great idea!? Jet let me punch that person in his ugly face.
    - Although music in this game is really good, I feel that it suits Castlevania type of games much more.
    - Leveling up, which isn't that necessary, so why even bother putting it in this game? To make you feel that you've accomplished something?
    - The storyline...it's just there.
    - Voice acting...please, somebody, kill me already, I can't hear it no more. Play the arcade mode to avoid this nuisance.

    Verdict:
    Mediocre.
    That graphics, man...it saved the game for me.
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  5. Jul 16, 2015
    1
    They advertised multiplayer function, even showed multiplayer clips in there video on steam. But after purchasing I came to find out that theThey advertised multiplayer function, even showed multiplayer clips in there video on steam. But after purchasing I came to find out that the multiplayer will not be available till at least winter2015, it is currently july2015. This is blatant false advertising, clearly bait and switch, and is criminal no matter how you look at it. This game was purchased strictly for the multiplayer co-op and that is clearly not going to happen until the dev feels like delivering the product they promised. So my option are A) get a refund on a game from steam that was less then the cost of a burger. B) consider legal action for a game that cost less then a 5 dollar fill up at kfc. C)keep the game and ever right to b*$#h, whine, piss, and moan about this crime. Letting everyone know about the developers complete, total, and reprehensible lack of any morals, or care for there customers.......I think I will take option c. Expand