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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Very Positive (42 reviews) - 88% of the 42 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jan 23, 2015

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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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August 18

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Kemomimi DLC and Multiplayer Release

Multiplayer is now live
1.1.20 is now officially released, it adds:
  • Online multiplayer
  • Support for a number of DirectX controllers
  • Fix for Xbox One controller
We are aware of an issue when playing online with 3~4 players and one leave ending the session, and will continue looking for a fix.

Thanks to all players who helped with the Multiplayer beta to make it better!

Kemomimi Costume DLC released
You can now get the kemomimi costume for all 4 main characters!
To thank players for their patience, all current players have now received it for free.

store.steampowered.com/app/381760

More coming soon, stay tuned!

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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
    Recommended:
    • Additional Notes: Xbox 360 compatible game controller strongly recommended.
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Naragata
14.5 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
2.6 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.
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bangBANGbang
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
BREAKDOWN
Graphics: Competent pixel art. Well timed and animated.
Gameplay: 2d Brawler with Layers that can be jumped between. Fun character progression and the chance to come back from death stronger than before with customizable XP/Skill Tree system. Use skills and combo attacks to defeat the forces of Phantom.
Story: Terribly written. Hinges on the previous story and established universe in a way that will DEFINITELY confuse new players. Dialogue is frequently hammy or stilted.
Bottom Line: Good Gameplay, but Beware of Waifus.
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Hypnotica420x
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
got a solid 60fps with my gtcx1070. great game. never crashed and fapped at least 20 times during gameplay. bought for $3. was worth it.
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Hideyoshi
23.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
Fun little beat'em up reminiscent to those arcade machines but not as punishing. You have your simple heavy and light strikes with a few specials sprinkled into the combat (supers, combo breaks, and hyper mode where you just wail on your opponent in slow-mo), but instead of free roaming around you're stuck to two lanes that you can switch between (or cheese the bosses) which is seperate from your jump command.

There's only a few characters open with (I think) 2-3 you can unlock via story mode.

Also there's a tech tree and experience points (not shared between characters). You'll need to replay the game multiple times for each character to make them 'badass'.

All in all, fun for a quick minute but nothing to keep you occupied for hours.
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DeathlyDisco
6.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
You'd be forgiven for dismissing this game at first glance if you’re not a fan of its cutesy art style and theme. If you can look past that however there’s an incredibly fun brawler with satisfying, complex combat mechanics hidden beneath the surface. While some beat ‘em ups suffer from repetitiveness with combat usually involving mashing the same two buttons, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is more like a fighting game with the way attacks chain together and form combos.

It’s important to note that while the game is likely still playable on a keyboard, I'd strongly suggest using a controller as I found that even navigating the menus without one was a frustrating experience. On that topic, the menus are perhaps the weakest part of the game with the options not even allowing for keyboard rebinding or anything but the most basic volume controls. Fortunately, the gameplay doesn't suffer too much despite this.

Although it’s been out for a while now, PB: BG never quite felt complete without the option of online multiplayer so it was great to see a recent update add that in. While I wasn’t able to find many people to play with when I searched, I did manage to enjoy a completely lag-free run through the whole story with one other person.

Already fairly cheap and usually 75% off when on sale, this game is now one to look out for. Bring your friends and have fun fulfilling your dreams of being an anime girl fighting robots, monsters and businessmen on the streets on Japan.
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Luck ・∀・
38.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
Let's see
✔ cute anime waifus
✔ pixelated art
✔ cool special attacks
✔ fast paced beat em up

CAT EARS?! HOLY ♥♥♥♥ BEST GAME! BEST GAME! WOULD BUY! BUY IT NOW! SAVE YOUR SOULS!
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Mud Patch
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
Really sweet game. Now with online multiplayer (which I was waiting for), even sweeter. Diabetes sweet.
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LoveBot
10.1 hrs
Posted: August 22
Pretty cute :x
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Fiercy
13.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Haven't played since they added multiplayer, but my only problem was the fact there was no multiplayer.

Now it's worth getting I suppose, the game is fun and cute.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Thjis game is great again, they've fixed the crash issue when a certain controller is used as an input and have also added online multiplayer.

Any negative reviews for this game are pre-patch.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Great Game. Finally my Hori Real Arcade PRO Vx SA is working perfectly. Thanks for the update!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
It finally have network co-op, so their store page finally stop lying! Joy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Lets see.... Cute chibi fighters, engaging fighting system, wigged out version of Japan, and really fun music.

Yup, this game has a great checklist of what makes it fun and worthwhile, but theres no way I could even begin to explain how amazing this game truly is. Hell, I own it on both steam AND my xbox 30/One. The game is so fun I bought it twice, and have no regrets whatsoever
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Controller support was fixed and online multiplayer has been added. While bug fixes and the online features were a long time coming, it was well worth the wait. Thank you developers for not abandoning us PC players, this game is really fun. It's like Streets of Rage, if Streets of Rage was really moe and also disapointed your parents.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
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.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Haven't played since they added multiplayer, but my only problem was the fact there was no multiplayer.

Now it's worth getting I suppose, the game is fun and cute.
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366 of 482 people (76%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
*Edit as of 04/30/15: I originally recommended the game, but currently I would only recommend this game if it were:

1) You like playing by yourself or with local co-op only
2) On sale for at least 75% or less (explained further on)
3) Have nothing else to spend a couple hours on
4) The developers actually make it better or on par to the console/vita counter-part.
5) If you like waiting (and I really mean waiting) for updates and patches to be released.

*If you don't want to read too much, just know that the PC port at this point is abandon-wear and the developers abandoned it. Also this version may or may not become obsolete to the newer version out on the PS4 and that this version is a 2 year old port of an Xbox 360 game minus online functionality. 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.

The biggest issue with the game is Online Multiplayer still remains non-existent. It's estimated to be released around Summer time "for free", but going by the Developers track record, people can only hope. This still remains the largest problem because this is a PC game/port in the year 2015. The devs took out the online portion on release because it was too "buggy" to work on steam. Also for some odd reason the PR department believes putting emphasis on something that should have been originally included will be added as a "free update." The "free update" should have been the Kurisu DLC as a sign of goodwill towards towards the people who purchased the game and are dealing with all the delays.

The game is currently on local play only and because this game is on PC, you're more than likely to be playing by yourself for the majority of the time. 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.

Because the game completely lacks any kind of online interaction, this severely limits the game's life span and community from even growing into anything. Just go to steamcharts and look at this game. Then go look at similar games that have online play (For example, Castle Crashers).

I hit the level cap 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.

*Another thing I have pointed out (somewhere in the forums) was that the developers are working on the PS4 version of the game and that the online mode will be finished around the same time that version is released. I stand by my random call because one of the PR members did say most of development team is working on that version of the game. So we don't know whether or not this game becomes obsolete after PB:BG Overdrive comes out.

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. If you have a PS4 just wait a couple months for the better version or hold off on this one and come back to it after summer to see what happens to it in the future.

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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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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