Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds takes the heroes and villains of its fighting game predecessors and drops them into a chibi Tokyo.
The result is a sidescrolling beat ëem up that takes an age-old formula popularised by the likes of Double Dragon and updates the experience with a simplified lane system, fighting game control system and persistent, upgradeable characters.
Mikoto, Waka, Itsuki and Yuzuha will have to battle through waves of the pixelated possessed, obtaining secret moves, special abilities, and stat boosts if they ever hope to recover the innocent Nagi from the mysterious Phantom and continue the Kumon family legacy.
8 customisable characters with unique abilities, items and upgradeable stats
10 levels set in the Japanese capitalís various famous districts including Akihabara and more
Persistent play across Story, Arcade, Co-op and Competitive modes with up to 4 players
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.
Local Multiplayer - Easy to learn mechanics make playing with your friends a snap. Team up with your friends for the local co-op 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!
Fun chibi style beat em up. There are light, medium, and strong attacks as well as a lot of special moves, cancels, and dodges that work similar to a fighting game with a burst meter. The game allows you to switch between two different lanes, like Guardian Heroes or Panzer Bandit. Four characters with unique moves, six more characters can be unlocked, with two unlocking when you finish the game on easy, two on normal, and two on hard. Defeating enemies allows you to level up, getting you points that can be assigned towards improving your attack, defense, and speed or they can be used to learn new combos and special abilities. Getting all of your combat abilities requires multiple playthroughs with the same character.
A nice little spin-off for the Phantom breaker title for the XBOX 360. A retro beat em-up with a touch of modern customization, satisfaction is the word.
The game is really good, it's got a lot going for it with really nicely rendered/animated sprites with a lot of character, tons of weird crap and a lot of combos which helps make it more fun. I don't like RPG elements in beat 'em ups as that kinda ruined the Scott Pilgrim game for me. In that they made it needlessly complicated to level. However in Phantom Breaker you level up by playing and you distribute points to whatever you want, damage, speed, defense or skills- they also let you redistribute the points at any time! This really makes it easy for friends to pop in so you can lower your points to make the playing field fair. I didn't pay any attention to the story, it's a beat 'em up so it's more about that than anything else. It does it well too, the moves feel like they got a nice impact to them. My one complaint about the game is the one of the final levels is needlessly wonky, forcing you to run through a part, go through some portals....go back, then do that again to another set. It's not a deal breaker or anything just a bit frustrating. It's not the definitive beat 'em up, I still rank Guardian Heroes & Streets of Rage 2, Bare Knuckle 3 way higher but this is by no means bad. I do think it's far better than Scott Pilgrim for the leveling alone, better than a lot of recent beat 'em ups if I'm going to be honest. Fans of any beat 'em up should like this if they can get past the cutesy look....or KAWAII DESU look.
This is pretty fun. Pixel graphics are nice and retro. The action is fast-paced. Weapons offer a lot of variety and different combos. Some of the boss fights are really cool as well. If you were looking for retro beat em-up fun , this game delivers.
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