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But this Monster Rancher title is very different from the past two games.this one isn't about breeding and raising monsters to do battle but instead uses Monster Cards to do battle instead. The whole object here is to collect as many Monster and Skill cards as you can by betting cards with opponents prior to battle. Win the battle and you get the losers card. While this game certainly doesn't have the best graphics or sounds (it may actually have some of the worst)..gameplay is really where it's at and it is here that MRBC delivers big time. For all of you Pokemon fans and Monster Rancher fans this is a definite "buy" title. It will keep you entertained with its diversity of characters and depth of gameplay for months. For everyone else, you may want to rent this one first to see what the fuss is all about and determine for yourself if you like this type of thing.
At any rate, this game is so freakin' addictive that I wish I had never started playing. If you have free time in your life that you feel needs to be filled with obsessing on a game, then check this one out. But don't count on multiplayer to provide much entertainment because it won't.
Only the difficult setting holds any reasonable challenge for players at all familiar with the mechanics of modern collectible-card games, but even when you're dominating them, matches drag on entirely too long and take place too often. Battle Card Episode II does, however, re-create a very playable, if visually unexciting, card game that those weaned on the cartoon and namesake breeding titles may find time to enjoy.
You know, it occurs to me that an awful lot of people simply saw the top of this review, thought "A card game? Monster Rancher?", and immediately ceased to bother. Thus, I thank those of you who stayed on for the duration. I'm afraid, however, that unless you really want to sample the full range of card battle action on the market, or mainline even more of that sweet Monster Rancher crank, I can't recommend Monster Rancher Battle Card. Pokemon may be part of an evil campaign to give Nintendo a death-grip on the brains of small children, and SvC isn't available on the legitimate market anymore, but I had more fun playing the both of them.
Overall, there are other pesky features such as moving to different locations within the game to play others and trade cards, but it still comes down to cards. There is also a method for evolving new cards, but the bottom line is still this: if you really like card games, save your money (that you might have spent on this game), buy a deck of these cards somewhere and buy some friends with which to play.