Our bank accounts are going to hate us come February; it seems like every game worthy of one’s time is releasing in or around the month. Adding to that impressive stack of launches comes Mages’ Vita release of Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds. For those who may have passed up Battle Grounds when it was released on Xbox Live earlier this year, just know that you missed out on one of the better 2D brawlers of this generation. (You can even read our gushing of it here!) All the same, the retro-inspired beat ’em up will hit the Vita as a port of that original XBLA title, but unlike its digital brethren, will be released in stores — at least in Japan. Better still, the game will be getting the limited edition treatment, coming complete with a code to download Stein;Gate character Kurisu Makise, a costume DLC code, soundtrack and an obligatory booklet detailing everything there is to know about PB:BG.
As mentioned, it’s unclear if Battle Grounds will be released here in North America, but the good news is twofold: 1. the Vita is region-free, leaving the option of importing on the table, and 2. the title is light on story, thus missing out on the little bit of dialogue that is present, won’t interfere with how much enjoyment can be derived from the overall experience.
For interested parties, Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds goes live on February 13, 2014 — just in time for Valentine’s Day here in the States. And I can’t think of a better way to celebrate romance than beating the hell out of some dudes with an adorable chibi girl brandishing an enormous broadsword. Now, that’s true love.