Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds On PC Next Week

One has to love a prompt port. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds came out on Xbox 360 in February 2013, meaning that its PC port follows a mere 23 months on its heels. Its port is to be released via various digital distributors, including that really big one with all the money hats, on January 23rd. Battle Grounds is a side-scrolling brawler spin-off from the Phantom Breaker fighting series, with a chibi aesthetic which means you’ll either hate it on sight, think its adorable, or just shrug and get on with the actual gameplay. That whole Marmite factor thing is nonsense, isn’t it? I think Marmite is… kind of okay.

Battle Grounds was a solid beat ’em up on the last-gen consoleslab. It may not have stood out to Western audiences in the same way as, say, Castle Crashers, but if you’re a fan of the genre then there’s a worthy contender beneath those anime stylings. The parrying and counter systems keep you on your toes and the action is fluid, and when you’re playing a game with friends that’s exactly what you want. We’re promised local co-op play but no word yet as to online play (a feature of the console original).

Grumbling about ports aside it’s nice that we’re getting it at all. A lot of Japanese developers don’t port their games to PC, as it’s not that popular a platform over there. I’d say they don’t know what they’re missing but, to be fair, we don’t really know what we’re missing either.

Thankfully we do get some idea via to the work done by companies like Carpe Fulgur, developers like From Software bowing to fan demands and porting their games to PC despite openly not knowing what they’re doing, and the odd odd project popping up on PC. To this list of glorious exceptions we can add Battle Grounds’ developers Mages / 5pb and publisher Degica.

11 Comments

  1. subedii says:

    Grumbling about ports aside it’s nice that we’re getting it at all. A lot of Japanese developers don’t port their games to PC, as it’s not that popular a platform over there. I’d say they don’t know what they’re missing but, to be fair, we don’t really know what we’re missing either.

    Thankfully we do get some idea via to the work done by companies like Carpe Fulgur, developers like From Software bowing to fan demands and porting their games to PC despite openly not knowing what they’re doing, and the odd odd project popping up on PC. To this list of glorious exceptions we can add Battle Grounds’ developers Mages / 5pb and publisher Degica.

    I think that’s only been improving recently. More release day PC versions of games that previous generation would have been console exclusive, and even more indie Japanese / doujin games. Even major titles like MGS are heading back to the PC.

    Heck, if you had told me back when SFIV came out, that SFV would be coming out on PC and PS4, but not the new XBox, I’d have probably said that was crazy talk.

    BTW on a related note, anyone else notice a large influx of Japanese visual novels cropping up on Steam in the past few months?

    • Pich says:

      on that note I can’t wait for the WiT of Neptunia Re:Birth.

    • Rikard Peterson says:

      Yes, I have noticed, but I just assumed that it was Steam’s recommendations system that discovered that this might be something that I could like. It didn’t occur to me that they could be newly added. (After all, there’s so much on Steam that I’ve probably not heard of half of it.)

    • Tams80 says:

      Perhaps it’s the following:

      1) Console sales are declining in Japan.
      2) The mobile market is huge, but is also quite crowded and relies on many small transactions, rather larger one off ones, or limited ones.
      3) It has been shown that there is at least a significant, if not large market for Japanese games outside of Japan on PC.

  2. Ryuuga says:

    Oooo! This checks a significant number of my boxes! Chibi, silly, brawling, now if they only had loot drops with various silly weapons (imagine one of these chibis wielding a huge plank with nails in it, or a honking great butchers cleaver, or a baseball bat wrapped in studded leather, or just a big spade, or…)

  3. Da5e says:

    A great game, which I think a lot of people on XBLA overlooked in favour of the Scott Pilgrim beat-em-up.

  4. SlimShanks says:

    Xbox 260? Are you sure you aren’t thinking of the Xbox 286?

  5. coppernaut says:

    Reminds me of the Tales of Destiny combat in those RPG’s from the PS1 days.

  6. UndeadElement says:

    Kurisu Makise DLC or riot

  7. vash47 says:

    Looks quite fun.