Phantom Breakers: Battle Grounds Overdrive
Top Critic Average
A fantastic beat em up with varied gameplay that plays great in both handheld and docked modes.
Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds Overdrive is a solid game with a steep learning curve without much in the way of tutorials. For those with patience to learn its intricacies, it is extremely rewarding, and a ton of fun. For those looking for a casual romp through a mindless beat 'em up, this is not the game for you.
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive has all the components of an addictive, satisfying beat-'em-up, but it just doesn't harmonise them as well as it should. Its overly complex battle system clashes with its bustling moment-to-moment gameplay, and the result is an often frustrating fighter with a deceivingly steep learning curve. That said, there's no denying that there's still fun to be had with this great looking brawler, especially if you join forces with a couple of capable players.
If you would like to deliver some justice on the streets in a wacky anime world with appropriate modern touches in all the right places, this latest iteration of Phantom Breaker might be worth checking out.
Overall, Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds Overdrive is a really fun game, filled with fast-paced, side-scrolling beat 'em up action. It brings gamers back to days spent in arcades pumping quarters into machines.
It's repetitive and will give you a thumb ache, but it's brief and a blast to play. It doesn't call me back to revisit it like Golden Axe and Streets of Rage have done in the past, but it's a great little title for Switch – and the other platforms it's on.
Looking lovely and colourful on the TV or portable Switch screen, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive is a quality little chibi beat 'em up that deserves a chance by any genre fan.
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive is a solid brawler that gets a little bit of a boost on the PS4 simply because the system doesn't yet have a comparable brawler. Though it can be more technical due to the inclusion of some fighting game mechanics, the brawler is simple enough for button mashers to grasp. The increased enemy count ensures that action is constant, and the leveling system makes you want to play through the story multiple times. It stands better as a single-player game than a multiplayer one, and it is certainly a better couch co-op game than an online one because of the almost-absent community. If you want classic brawling action, this is a good one to check out.
5bp has a very solid and well put together game with Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive. It is only held back by being repetitive thanks to the lazy game design of the stages and flooding arenas with unmotivated enemies.
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive remains a solid beat-'em-up no matter what system it appears on. The mixing of fighting game mechanics with a more modern beat-'em-up set of mechanics works well thanks to the fact that you're flooded with varied enemies. The leveling system and the inclusion of a good roster of characters adds replay value, while local co-op play makes up for the lack of online play, especially since the Switch has been touted as being big on local multiplayer. Overall, Battle Grounds Overdrive is another good choice for the console.