Monday, September 16, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 78 - Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive

One of our under the radar favorite games from the last ten years or so is Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds. First available on Xbox Live Arcade and now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, this sprite-based 2D beat-em-up packs a ton of charm and surprisingly deep gameplay in a great retro-inpsired package. It's been largely overlooked by the masses, though, despite our best efforts to spread the word, so here we are with another attempt to get folks to play it. Read more and watch gameplay on day 78 of Eric Vs. 365 featuring Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive.

Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds basically ticked all of my boxes for what I was looking for at the time when it came out on Xbox 360. With awesome looking 2D sprites, cute chibi anime girls, great sounding music, and deep fighting game-inspired gameplay, it was very appealing to me. I played through it over and over and over and over to level up and earn new moves and do something I almost never do - play in increasingly higher difficulties. I was hooked. I loved it. I still do love it.

When I first got a PlayStation 4 in Spring 2017 Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive was one of the first games I ever bought for it. I haven't played this version nearly as much, I have to admit, but it is still every bit as fun as it was originally on Xbox 360. 

I have actually already posted multiple Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds videos in the past. I did a quickie review and Andrew and I did a full playthrough of it. These were back in the day when we had a crappy mic and I didn't really know how to do post processing, though, so it doesn't sound great. Still worth a look if you're interested, though. I also wrote a review here.

For this new video I played a few levels of the PS4 version with a sort of mid-level character. A lot of the fun, for me at least, with this game is when you've beaten the game a few times and your character is super beefy and leveled up and has tons of moves, which is what the previous videos we did featured. Unfortunately, I haven't played this version enough to "quite" get there, but I suppose this is more representative of the early game most new players will experience, so it is probably for the best. 

Ya'll should buy Phantom Breaker Battle Grounds Overdrive, though. It's great.