Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, Japan’s Scott Pilgrim-Like Game, Coming Next Week

By Spencer . January 30, 2013 . 11:22pm

We’re not sure what the fate of Phantom Breaker is, but the Xbox Live Arcade beat ’em up will be released worldwide. Mages set February 7 as the release date for Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds. Even though you don’t know about Yuzuha’s ninja training or Itsuki’s riches to rags backstory, you can probably appreciate the sprite artwork. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds feels like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game.


While many Xbox Live Arcade titles are priced at 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), Sakari, the producer, decided to set Phantom Breaker: Battle Ground at 800 Microsoft points ($10). He hopes the lower price point will get more people to purchase the game and play it online. After the game comes out, Mages will release a 400 Microsoft point ($5) DLC pack that adds an extra playable character and increase all of the character’s max level to 99 instead of 50.


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  • Darkbeat

    I love brawlers, but I’m usually not a big fan of Guardian Heroes-style “layers” where you have to jump back and forth like that. Mite still b cool.

  • ShinStar

    Hopefully, this will be more playable than Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game (I’m talking from a XBLA owner’s point of view as well as how similar this game looks to it.)

    • NeoStrayCat

      In a similar vein, the control scheme is similar to that of the retail fighter. But have the mechanics of Scott Pilgrim and Guardian Heroes.

  • Gyro Zeppeli

    Honestly, this looks a lot better than the fighting game does. If it has online play, I’ll probably buy it.

    • NeoStrayCat

      Actually, it does, 4-player offline and online. :3

  • Kefkiroth

    Really enjoyed the Scott Pilgrim game (along with the novels and movie), so I’ll definitely check this out. This also seems to have more variety in moves than SP, so that’s always a plus.

  • alixraen

    I enjoyed SP, so I’ll pick this up if it ever gets a PSN release. Can’t say which looks better without playing it, so I’ll reserve judgement.

  • malek86

    Interesting, I’ll have to try it out. Seems good from the images, but you can never say until you play it.

  • Just hope they have a good editor go over the text before release – “airial”?

  • Draparde

    if i had a 360 i would *so* be buying this >_<…
    Games like this are pretty addicting for me and my friends

  • phangtom

    Awhh.. For XBOX only. Kind of disappointing… :(

    • CirnoLakes

      Hey, at least it gives Japanese people one more reason to own and XBOX.

      Also, it’s one little more thing that justifies my ownership of one. Though I don’t think it needed it with great products like DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu and Mushihimesama.

      But hey, the more the merrier.

    • Visa Vang

      Don’t worry. Like every good indie-ish game out there, sooner or later it’s going to go multiplatform once they can’t milk money on the current console.

  • February 7th is not the release date but the day that they announce the release date.

    • NeoStrayCat

      Yep, reason being, because XBLA games release on Wednesdays (sometimes Fridays) and Feb 7 is a Thursday, so this article is misleading. -_-

      • Some games have been known to come out on Friday as well. Simpsons Arcade, Fez, Sonic Adventure 2, NiGHTS, Anomaly: Warzone Earth… Just to name a few.

  • Masengan

    This game looks fun! Too bad it’s Xbox only.

  • Kevin Delphi

    The gameplay reminds me more of Guardian Heroes than SP

  • Aoshi00

    Hope this gets released soon, right now only the gamer pics are available.. Ironically this looks much better and more interesting than the main Phantom Breaker fighting game, which got delayed into oblivion… would be great if this has online, beat em ups are meant to be played together w/ friends causing maximum mayhem, which Scott Pilgrim was sorely lacking (and now finally getting online multiplayer DLC, perhaps a little too late). Good thing all arcade titles have free trials, would try it out first before deciding to get it or not.

  • Is it as broken as Scott Pilgrim is? I mean, I gave it a nine, but it completely crashed out my 360 and my PS3. I had to hard reset them.

    • Wappuli

      Hopefully not, that was really annoying, although I was able to fix that by just not being online.

    • Armane

      “This game broke two of my consoles; 9/10”
      Games journalism in a nutshell.

      Jokes aside, this game doesn’t have anything to do with SP and it’s code. So I don’t see why it would suffer from the same issues.

      • It’s more fun than it is good. I stand by my review.

  • zferolie

    This game looks quite fun. Guess I can dust off my 360 then

  • Zonic505

    Wow, rather nice surprise hearing a release date, & for next week, never the less. Looking forward to getting this & the DLC.

  • So side-scrolling beat ’em ups are now called “Scott Pilgrim-like” games…

  • I’m excited! This will be my first arcade purchase. Ps3 gamer here but I picked up a 360 for halo a few months back. Got a great price on craigslist.

  • Istillduno

    Sweet, a reason to dust off the 360, now if only we can get the game it’s a spin off of announced in Europe as well as America.

  • Alvin Lee

    Amazing its the Japanese that came out with games like these decades ago and they are now labelled as Scott Pilgrim-like… logic.

    • Ooh Bee

      Sorry but this is an obvious Scott Pilgrim rip off. Exact same graphics and even the coins and the way you get them. Not that it’s a bad thing cause that game was good but you can not deny that this is 100% ripping it off.

      • Armane

        Never heard of Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari/River City Ransom/Street Gangs? Scott Pilgrim was 100% ripping off that game and the only thing differentiating it was Paul Robertson’s art style.

        Not that that’s a bad thing, it was a fun game, but there have been loads of clones over the years, it’s retarded to single out this one and then compare it to a clone!!!

        • Ooh Bee

          I’m not talking about gameplay. No crap there’s been dozens of side scrolling beat ’em ups for 20+ years. All I’m saying is that you can’t deny, especially when looking at the art style, that this game is trying to be Scott Pilgrim. And I never said Scott Pilgrim was original either.

          • I’m not sure if I’m following your logic here. Am I right to assume that you’re basing your claims solely on the “look at me, I’m so retro” 16-bit sprite-based art style?

          • I’m pretty sure the art styles are different. Sure, the sprites are high quality and have tons of motions but you cannot say that the art style is the same. They’re different, only the concept is the same.

  • RedShadoww

    “Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds: Japan’s Scott Pilgrim-Like Game” You did a good job selling this game to m-…what? it’s only for 360?.. :(

  • TimeMaster

    I want 7sixty to finish the original already. I must play as Rimi and Kurisu in a fighting game.

    • NeoStrayCat

      It was already made since last year, its just they’re too lazy to bring out the product. >_>

  • Visa Vang

    I love it.

  • NeoStrayCat

    inb4 this article is misleading, Feb.7 is an announce date, not a release date, since XBLA games release on Wednesdays and sometimes Fridays.

  • Nathan Topousis

    You’re failing again Siliconera. You guys need to learn the difference between announcement dates, and release dates.
    This game isn’t being released until Feb. 27th.

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