Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a conventional side-scrolling brawler in the mold of Streets of Rage, Castle Crashers and Golden Axe. In that, this 2D beat-em-up has its roots in a type of bygone era of gaming, adhering to genre fundamentals that make it feel like a throwback title of sorts. Although it has one foot in the past, it nevertheless is a forward-thinking endeavor that manages to implement newfangled ideas, as well. By doing this, in addition to implementing a zany backdrop, overall story and aesthetical presentation, it truly carves out a niche of its own. But is that in and of itself enough to warrant a purchase?