Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (ファントムブレイカー:バトルグラウンド, Fantomu Bureikā: Batoru Guraundo)[2] is a beat 'em up developed and published by 5pb. and originally released on February 27, 2013. it is a spin-off of the fighting game Phantom Breaker.

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds
Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds.jpg
Japanese limited edition box art
Developer(s)5pb., MAGES. (PC)
Publisher(s)5pb.
Degica (PC)
Designer(s)Masaki Ukyo (Program Support)
SeriesPhantom Breaker
Platform(s)Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseXbox Live Arcade
  • WW: February 27, 2013
PlayStation Vita
  • JP: March 13, 2014
  • NA: August 12, 2014
  • EU: July 30, 2014
Microsoft Windows
  • WW: January 23, 2015

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive

PlayStation 4
  • WW: July 21, 2015[1]
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: December 7, 2017
Genre(s)Beat 'em up
Mode(s)Single-Player, Multiplayer,

On March 12, 2013, a downloadable content add-on, the "Kurisu Pack," was released which adds Kurisu Makise as a playable character and raises the maximum character level.[3][4] The game was featured in the official music video of "Move" by I Fight Dragons.[5]

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds pays homage to the graphical style and musical nature of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, while its gameplay takes inspiration from Guardian Heroes with the ability to change foreground and background planes.

PlotEdit

In Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds players play as chibi versions of Mikoto, Waka, Itsuki and Yuzuha as they fight against large groups of enemies.[6] Their friend, Nagi, has been captured by Phantom and the girls must go through hordes of Phantom's minions to try and rescue her, with each one having unique encounters and dialogue with the enemies.

PortsEdit

A PlayStation Vita version was released on March 13, 2014 in Japan.[7] The game was released in Europe on July 30, 2014 and North America on August 12, 2014. It is the first Vita game released worldwide by 5pb., and, according to producer Masaki Sakari, involved a number of hurdles relating to regional certification.[8] A PC port was later announced, which would be published by Degica[9] and was released on January 23, 2015. A PlayStation 4 version of the game, entitled Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive had also been announced[10] and was released on July 12, 2015. a Nintendo Switch port of the Overdrive edition was released on December 7, 2017, adding in additional content not found in previous versions, but lacking the online functionality of the original.

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(X360) 72/100[11]
(VITA) 67/100[12]
(PC) 64/100[13]
(PS4) 72/100[14]
(NS) 69/100[15]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8.0/10[16]
EGM8.0/10[17]
Game Informer8.0/10[18]
IGN5.0/10[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holmes, Jonathan (July 11, 2015). "A Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive live action kunoichi extravaganza". Destructoid. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Developer On How To Make Retro Beat 'Em Ups". Siliconera. March 11, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Kurisu Pack". Marketplace.xbox.com. February 27, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Steins;Gate's Kurisu Makise Reaches Phantom Breaker As DLC This Week". Siliconera. March 3, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "5pb And Chiptune Band Team Up For Phantom Breaker Music Video". Siliconera. June 22, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "5pb. Posts English Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Trailer, Site". Anime News Network. August 28, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Mages Shows Us The Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Vita Limited Edition". Siliconera. February 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds PS Vita Western Release Date Announced". Gematsu. July 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Coming To PC". Siliconera. October 30, 2014.
  10. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive Coming To PS4". Gematsu. September 9, 2013.
  11. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds for PlayStation Vita Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  16. ^ Bonds, Ian (Mar 9, 2013). "Review: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds". Destructoid. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  17. ^ Patterson, Eric L. (March 11, 2013). "EGM Review: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds". Electronic Gaming Monthly. EGM Media. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  18. ^ Vore, Bryan (March 25, 2013). "A Cloudy Diamond In The Rough - Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds - Xbox 360". Game Informer. GameStop Corporation. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  19. ^ Moriarty, Colin (August 21, 2014). "Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Review". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved March 18, 2015.

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