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!
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Release Date: Jan 23, 2015

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September 12

STEINS;GATE AVAILABLE NOW ON STEAM!

Kurisu Makise is here!
Famous for it's popular character also playable in Phantom Breaker Battle Ground, Kurisu Makise, the Visual Novel "STEINS;GATE" is now available on Steam! This is the first game published directly by MAGES.


Lot's of people have been enjoying STEIN'S;GATE already on Steam! Check it out below!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/412830

Mages also has a new twitter where you can get the latest STEIN'S;GATE updates!

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August 19

STEINS;GATE coming to Steam

Kurisu Makise is coming to Steam
Famous for it's popular character also playable in Phantom Breaker Battle Ground, Kurisu Makise, the Visual Novel "STEINS;GATE" is now announced coming soon on Steam, and will be the first game published directly by MAGES.



The million seller megahit visual novel game is announced for release on Sept 8th, 2016. Add it now to your wishlist to follow the adventures of Kurisu!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/412830

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About This Game

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 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.

  • 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!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows Vista or Better
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2GHz or Better
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 210 or Better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectSound-compatible
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    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 compatible game controller strongly recommended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
This game is definitely some weeb ♥♥♥♥, but if you can handle it, you'l find that this is a really good game. Easy and fun combat with simple and easy to learn mechanics. Totally worth the money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Long story short, the gameplay is great for removing a lot of things that made older beat em ups age rather poorly whiles adding things that make beat em ups fun like a leveling system, skills and a comboing system that allows skilled players to go nuts whiles not being overly complicated for casuals. It looks good for what it is. The music is catchy whiles the character voice clips can be abit eargrading but nothing that'll make you wanna rip your ears out. Pretty much all of the characters in the game are fun to play as with some being stupidly overpowered (lookin' at you Nagi.) whiles others are fairly basic, i don't really see anyone being totally useless if you know how to use em right. Overall i'd say its worth your money if your into beat em ups and don't exactly care about story, graphics or any of that junk and are just in it to beat the tar out of a boat load of mooks...Oh right i almost forgot to mention this game resently got online play so thats a thing. Albeit its not exactly in the best of shapes and still has a fair number of pretty awful bugs so i'd wait awhile till those get fixed up if your in this for co-op. You can beat your friends up over the online too but noone really plays this game for that anymore so good luck finding anyone to fight you if your the competitive type.
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366 of 485 people (75%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
*Edit as of 09/15/16: Still not flipping the thumb becuase it's still not as good as the PS4 Version that was released a few months after this port was. I woud recommend that version of the game if came to steam, but that doesn't seem likely to happen.

I originally recommended the game, but currently I would only recommend this game if it were:

1) On sale for at least 75% or less (explained further on)
2) Have nothing else to spend a couple hours on
3) The developers actually make it better or on par to the console/vita counter-part.
4) If you like waiting (and I really mean waiting) for updates and patches to be released.
5) If Phantom Breaker: Overdrive came out on PC with all the DLC carried over from this one to not screw over customers who have already purchased it

TLDR: Just know that the PC port at this point is still obsolete to the newer version out on the PS4 and that this version is a 2 year old port of an Xbox 360. There is also a superior version of the game that exists called Phantom Breaker: Overdirve on the PS4 that has more feaures than the PC port. Keep in mind that because of this, this is a review more based on a port to Steam and functionality rather than pure game-play elements.

Now let's start with a few positives:
1) Because this game started out as a fighting game, the combat system has a complex combo system that is incredibly satisfying to pull off.
2) With the story and arcade mode in the game, it makes for a decent amount of fun for 2-5 hours.
3) The character progression in this game is done well with spending points into skills and base stats.

Because I actually do love this game, a lot of the following comes with why this game is such a bad port compared to the other versions of this game, why it's failing/ not worth your time as a PC game in general, and questioning developer decisions.

Now on to the Negatives (It's a lot):

I originally loved this game when it first came out on console and steam. But with nothing but disappointment after disappointment from terrible developer choices, limitations brought to the PC port, and bugs that are still plaguing people (me not included), I'm left in utter disbelief on what this game was and what it could have been on PC.

With only 8 stages and 4 difficulty levels with the 5th one being impossible unless you have the level 99 DLC and/or friends to play with, the game lacks the replay-ability to even remain relevant. Even then, the hardest difficulty is pointless for anything other than points becuase you can't even gain experience from it. If you want the evidence, take a look at https://steamdb.info/app/329490/graphs/ and see for yourself how well this game is currently doing.

I hit the level cap(50) at the start of Nightmare difficulty (This was from starting at level 1 on Hard because I unlocked Nagi). They finally did add achievements with patch 1.04, but it was implemented way too late. Take a look at the global achievement progress and have a look at how many people actually have the first achievement http://steamcommunity.com/stats/329490/achievements/


A very important issue that many people do not realize, the content, pricing, and age of the game. This game was originally released on Xbox 360 on Feb 27, 2013 at $10 and later re-released on PS Vita for $12 on Mar 13, 2014 (JP) or Aug 12, 2014 (US). Now the pricing isn't very high, but the fact that the game price went up over time and was released on PC at $12 also is really weird. I asked one of the developers about why the price went up and instead received a round-about answer avoiding an actual answer.

I also asked if they could make the Kurisu DLC free to at least regain lost faith and attract people to buying the PC version. I was then answered with, "It would be unfair to previous Mages customers who have bought previous versions of the game." I can see how that is a thing, but when your game is now 2 years old it doesn't do you any good to keep your prices the same. Re-releases do exist with more content in the form of GOTY editions and updated versions (Dynasty Warriors # __, Tales of __R, ____ GOTY Edition, etc.) with cheaper pricing and DLC included for free.

I would also like to point out that the game that was released on Steam was essentially an "Early Access" game. It was released completely bare bones with zero online features and as an experiment to see how consumers would react to it. And now slowly over time, the devs are slowly releasing slightly more content that is still not equal to the original versions of the game.

All in all, I could only recommend the game if it has fulfilled any of the things I have mentioned above at the start. But in it's current state, don't even bother touching this game until it receives the care that it deserves.

A message to the developers of Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds:

This game is a giant disappointment and your poor decisions have clearly held the game back from what it should have been on PC. You have released just another game on steam brushed aside into the trash, so GG. This thumb will flip when you can prove that this game is on equal footing with your new poster child Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdirve.
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125 of 164 people (76%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Stage one you're running through Akihabara beating up some creepy otaku and gyaru girls, even fighting through 'Hey' arcade and eventually other areas in Tokyo .. You'd probably have to be familiar with Phantom Breakers to get what the characters are grudging over, but none of that gets in the way.

Enemies are amusing, and often they heavily reference enemy types from Streets of Rage and sometimes even TMNT in some very humorous ways and the art may be taking some visual cues from the Scott Pilgrim beat-em-up (and that's a great thing). That in my opinion is the best part of this game, is all the references that are packed in, the care put into the backgrounds and how it all just comes together with really fun and slick controls. If you're a fan of these things, from Akiba culture to beat-em-up references, you'll love the subtle treats they have in store for you.

If you have the controllers, this game is well worth it whether it's to play co-op TMNT style or to play it solo. There's 5 difficulty modes, characters to level up and plenty of challenge in this package. And even if you just wanted to show 5pb. there's a place for them or Steins;Gate on Steam, you can't go wrong.
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95 of 126 people (75%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Whoever calls this an 8-bit game again will get slapped.
If you cannot tell by the pictures, do not worry, this is a 32-bit retro styled game.

This will bring you back to the great eras of the Arcade/Snes/Sega-Genesis beat-em-ups

If you have played games like Castle Crashers or Scott Pilgrim vs the World (for the consoles), this is highly similar.
We are talking about a crossover between beat-em-up and rpg. However this game is a 2 laned beat em up, not a free moving one; so if you have ever played Guardian Heroes then the gameplay is basically like that. Its really cool and well done, and with some friends included, this game can take up a lot of your time. You start out with 4 characters, and you unlock more as you go (I believe 4 more). They are all female except one dude who you unlock all the way at the end, so if you do not like playing as female characters (you sexist ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s) then this game is not for you.

I am very disappointed that the developers did not decide to implement the online feature such as in the console version (360). So yes, WARNING! THIS IS A LOCAL ONLY GAME. This still does not bring down the game, and I really do hope with the inclusion of the dlc at one point, developers will include online support.

TLDR: Is this game worth a buy? Depends, do you like Castle Crashers? Double Dragon? Final Fight? Anime School Girls with weapons? Then yes.
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52 of 59 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Very, very fun Beat ‘em Up game with cute anime graphics and RPG elements – namely your character levels up as you complete (or fail) a stage, and you assign level-up points you get to character’s stats or use them unlock various special moves. You can also re-distribute the points you’ve assigned, so you can experiment without worrying about making mistakes.

I fully recommend Phantom Breaker to all fans of Beat ‘em Ups, or action games in general!
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118 of 167 people (71%) found this review helpful
157 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
This is a fun game where you level up your 16bit waifu and kil everything a lot (except bosses which just take a rest and you fight them again 10 times)

You can also play waifus with your friends which is great. Or fight your friends' waifus with your waifu, which is even more fun. (but hahaha who has friends amirite? brb crying)
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83 of 119 people (70%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24, 2015
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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71 of 106 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a beat 'em up game which was originally released on Xbox Live Arcade, and PlayStation Vita, before later ported to the PC in early 2015.

The gameplay is side scrolling beat 'em up, with a surprising amount of combos, special attacks and techniques to use. The combo system is very easily mastered and you will be hitting high combos very early into your experience with this game. You gain experience after each level, which allows you to spend points in Attack, Defense, or Speed. You can also spend the same experience points in learning new attacks/moves to perform. It was hard to find a right balance between what to spend points on improving, so I just went down the route of improving stats along with improving basic attacks.

The graphic and art style in Phantom Breaker looks really nice. It has a very cute look to all of the characters, even the bad guys. If you can put up with the again underage looking characters, which are thankfully quite covered up compared to most anime games of this type, then the look of this game has a very nice appeal to it.

The sound effects were sadly something I wasn't a fan of, the over used moaning noises of the girls grows very tiresome after a while, it would of been nice to see a little originality. Phantom Breaker has a number of different difficulties to play, I wouldn't recommend playing on Easy mode (which I did) as it really is easy. There is no challenge to be had, I suspect the normal and harder modes really make you learn the bigger combos to get buy. I didn't actually die once during my playthrough on easy mode, which just shows how easy it was.

Each of the seven levels are very well designed. Yes it is all just a side scrolling platformer, but the backgrounds/scenery in each stage look awesome. There are also various different items to destroy such as trash cans or crates in order to find health points and experience points.

My first playthrough (on easy) took me just under two hours. I can really see this being a game which has good replay ability thanks to the extra difficulty levels, as well as the co-op modes which actually supports up to 4 players. There have been reports that the online multiplayer does not work very well, but I have not had any first hand experience with that.

This is actually a bad PC port; I couldn't even use my keyboard to play this game. You need a controller to be able to play; even though these types are games are best of being played with a controller, it would be nice to see basic keyboard functionality in a PC game.

In conclusion, I would recommend Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds as it is a nicely put together side scrolling beat 'em up game. The price tag of £8,99 may be a little bit steep for some, but with the addition of local co-op, really makes this game a must have for people wanting some couch co-op action.

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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147 of 240 people (61%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Add the online mp! Why remove online from Steam when it's in XBox 360 and Vita and PS4 versions? Seriously? Thumb will flip if/when online is added.

Edit Feb 6: It's still in alpha testing. It's still not done.
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minatonarukami13
3.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
Very Good Chibi-Anime beat'em up in the vein of Guardian Heroes. 10/10 would recommend
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Wind
5.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Mechanically speaking Phantom Breaker is probably the best brawler Ive played in years. If you're looking for a game thats little more then wandering the streets and beating up people (and monsters) in that Streets of rage style this games right up your alley.

Mechanics aside the story is kind of boring as you have a friend whos kidnapped. There are also several different characters that play differently and a few of them are unlockable which adds a lot of replay value to the game.

Overall its pretty good, I definately recommend it if you want a solid brawler
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Travcm
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
Trash controller setup ruined the experience and prevented local co-op. Fix your game. Garbage.
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[TPW]Mad Alice
68.9 hrs
Posted: September 10
this is a really fun game to play with friends i am hoping so mutch that phatnom breaker battlegrounds :overdive is comming to steam
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Aomin
13.4 hrs
Posted: September 3
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Atlus
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
Quick answer? Time has past since it's first release on STEAM. Including my time completing this on the XBOX 360, this game is enjoyable if you enjoy titles such as Scott Pilgrim or older games like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. Now patched with missing features such as Online Play, it's definitely worth a grab to beat-em-up with friends; especially when it's on sale.

More? Very simple side-scroller arcade beat-em-up with an enjoyable 2-lane battle style for quick and fun combos. A lot faster and easier to get into than other modern releases of the genre such as Scott Pilgrim. Quick enjoyment for fans of the genre, and for pixel art/doujin fiends- especially when playing in a group competing for a high score.

Its battle system upgrades as you play to deliver more interesting combinations- though new comers to genres such as hack-and-slash may find it a repetitive grind to level up to unlock. With unlockable skills, characters, and challenging difficulties, I'd say give it a try- for both party-play lovers, and arcadey/doujin enthusiasts.
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Naragata
21.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good beat em up game with online multiplayer support for Co-op or PvP ' w')9
Controller issues has been fixed. Joypad can be easily remaped with x360ce program (32 bit ones).
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Ness1228
10.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Do you like Beat-Em-Ups and/or button mashing? Do you like pixel art? Do you like a soundtrack composed entirely of chiptunes? Are you a weeb?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you will definitely enjoy Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds.

Play as a goth with a sword, a miko with a spear, Rem from Re: Zero a maid with a hammer-staff or a dual-wielding ninja girl that was rejected from Senran Kagura for actually being decent. Gameplay consists of brutally yet elegantly pummeling all your foes with elegant combos button mashing your way through each level, then proceeding to get destroyed by the level's boss because you didn't study the tutorial enough to actually learn the game's mechanics.

For new players (like me) who have almost no experience with the beat-em-up genre, the game's easy difficulty is very beginner friendly and lets you get used to the controls. There are several difficulty settings to suit each skill level; however, everything above Normal is locked from the start.

One thing I would like to stress is that it is almost necessary to have a controller for this game; keyboard controls cannot be remapped. The controller support, however, is fantastic; my old SteelSeries USB controller works just as well as my Xbox 360 Afterglow controller.
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