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They had the nerve to even create this piece of junk...will they ever learn? Indra was here (20870) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars
A great new look at Magic: the gathering. Qlberts (60) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.3
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.2


Critic Reviews

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84
PC Zone Benelux (Jan, 2004)
Het is voor mijn gevoel lang geleden dat ik de laatste geplastificeerde Magic-kaart door mijn handen heb laten glijden, maar tijdens het spelen van deze game voelt dat weer als gisteren. Het is ongelooflijk knap dat Atari het voor elkaar heeft gekregen om een game die zo'n specifieke sfeer heeft, om te zetten naar een game die niets met kaarten te maken heeft, maar precies hetzelfde voelt. Voor diegenen die Magic niet kennen of hebben gespeeld zal er nog wel een hoop onduidelijk zijn wat deze game betreft. Mijn enige excuus daarvoor is dat het spel niet even is uit te leggen, je moet het simpelweg spelen. Magic the Gathering: Battlegrounds is tegen mijn verwachting in een game geworden waar de fanbase trots op kan zijn. Een waardige en verslavende pc-variant van de kaartgame, die wellicht voor de nieuwkomers kan dienen als een handige introductie naar de kaartwereld. Helemaal goed!
79
IGN (Dec 03, 2003)
Battlegrounds is a nice change of pace for hardcore gamers because it combines elements from fighters and RTS games but I'm not sure if your average gaming schmo will be able to get into it. The interface and control is simple enough but the depth of this sucker will likely be lost on most. I can't help but thinking the best of what this game had to offer was left in the development studio somewhere for fear of overwhelming gamers who might not be ready for all it had to offer. It seems to me that it barely offers enough to get the attention of serious gamers but hardcore Magic The Gathering fans will likely want to stick to the card game that already know and love. We give Secret Level a ton of credit, however, for doing the obvious and including Xbox Live play in a game that demands it. Most developers would've just skipped it altogether and offered some lame excuse about user base or something.
79
Armchair Empire, The (Mar 03, 2004)
Any way you cut it, Battlegrounds is a unique, chaotic experience and one that is worthy of a purchase if you are a fan of the card game.
75
Gameplay (Benelux) (Dec 24, 2003)
Battlegrounds is een interessant soort kruising tussen strategy en mortal kombatachtige fighting, waarbij de nadruk ligt op timing en strategisch omgaan met resources, in dit geval mana. Een titel die niet iedereen zal bekoren in verband met de enigszins complexe Magicregels, maar voor strategy spelers die eens wat anders willen, een hyperactief spel met een lange levensduur door het uitgebreide spell-book. Magic, The Gathering in realtime? Ondoenbaar? Deze Magic, The Gathering Battlegrounds bewijst dat het kan.
70
Daily PC Game Reviews (Mar 30, 2011)
I think M:TG - Battlegrounds was a great effort in adding a totally new direction to the trading card game. The game is also pretty engaging as you attempt to duel against an AI that is pretty adept at defeating you. The quest is rather entertaining, and there is replay value since you can return anytime to have a match against the AI or a human opponent in the other game modes. It's unfortunate that there were no expansions planned for the game. Based on the way it was implemented, I was pretty sure that Atari could have gotten another developer to provide more spells choices, and even a new campaign featuring new duelists to fight against. But alas, it was not to be. I suggest you get this game if you are a true fan of M:TG or would just like to try a dueling game that is more fast paced and exciting
70
4Players.de (Dec 15, 2003)
Der gewagte Mix aus Action und Strategie geht auf. Sowohl Koordination als auch Taktik sind gefordert und werden mit einem Stakkato an Sprüchen und Effekten forciert, so dass es auf dem Spielfeld höchst selten zu Leerlaufphasen kommt. Doch dies kann nicht verheimlichen, dass die Einzelspieler-Kampagne zu wenig mehr dient, als alle Karten kennen zu lernen und sie seinem Deck zuzuführen, um online gegen andere Spieler anzutreten. Dementsprechend kämpft man sich im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes durch die Singleplayer-Missionen, ohne wirklich Spaß daran zu haben. Denn die KI spult ihr für die jeweilige Aufgabe vorgesehenes Schema F ab, fordert nur selten und überrascht noch viel seltener. Im Multiplayer-Spiel bietet sich ein etwas anderes Bild: die Duelle sind schnell, dynamisch und dank der Deck-Möglichkeiten, die sich auch aus den nur etwas mehr als 70 Karten ergeben auch recht unterhaltsam.
70
Joystick (French) (Jan, 2004)
Battlegrounds a réussi le pari de retranscrire l'univers de Magic dans un jeu de stratégie en temps réel. Il est vraiment agréable à jouer et dispose d'un moteur 3D efficace. Le seul bémol concerne sa durée de vie qui risque d'êter limité si les développeurs ne prévoient pas de nouveaux sorts en téléchargement.
70
JeuxVideoPC.com (Oct 22, 2004)
Si vous avez déjà joué au jeu de cartes Magic vous ne serez pas déçu et si, comme moi, vous ne l’avez jamais fait vous serez conquis.
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GameSpot (Dec 09, 2003)
Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds could have benefited from a better interface, but at its core, Battlegrounds is still a decent game. People who are slightly familiar with the basics of the card game will take to the action a little faster, but, with a little practice and help from the quest mode's hints, even someone completely unfamiliar with the source material can understand the spells. It isn't the most strategic form of Magic: The Gathering, but if you're a Magic fan who is interested in more action-oriented games, Battlegrounds is a fair choice.
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GameStar (Germany) (Jan, 2004)
Öfter mal was Neues! Das dachten sich die Entwickler von Magic - Battlegrounds offensichtlich, als sie aus dem erfolgreichen Trading-Card-Spiel Magic - Die Zusammenkunft eine Mischung aus Stategie und Action strickten.
60
UOL Jogos (Dec 02, 2003)
"Magic: The Gathering Battlegrounds" é um esforço louvável para mostrar para os não-iniciados no jogo de cartas como suas regras são interessantes e funcionais. Mas a falta de polimento na implementação dos elementos de ação e uma adaptação feita às pressas matam o grande potencial de um conceito interessante.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 08, 2003)
Le principal défaut du titre d'Atari, outre son système de jeu confus au possible et son gameplay défaillant, est de ne pas permettre de retrouver l'esprit du jeu de cartes d'origine. Il ne reste qu'un vague soft de duels en temps réel qui impose trop d'entraves pour favoriser la réflexion. On attendait beaucoup mieux en guise d'adaptation du fameux jeu de cartes de Wizards of the Coast.
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PC Games (Germany) (Jan 06, 2004)
Trotz Lizenz erinnert Battlegrounds weniger an das Sammelkartenspiel Magic: The Gathering, sondern eher an eine Echtzeit-Variante von Etherlords. Zwar stehen sich hüben und drüben zwei Hexenmeister gegenüber, diese bekriegen sich aber anders als im Original in einem hektischen Action-Duell, in dem schnelle Reaktionen mehr zählen als taktische Planung. Auf Knopfdruck werden Kreaturen beschworen oder dem Opponenten Zauberformeln um die Ohren gedroschen.
40
Fans of Magic: The Gathering, the card game, take note: This is not Magic: The Gathering, the card game. Cards can’t be drawn or discarded (all of your spells are always available), this game takes place in an arena, and there are a whole host of rules applying to how creatures fight and react that are surely the result of this being, In fact, a fighting game and not a card game. Except that Battlegrounds isn’t really a fighting game, insomuch as your character isn’t doing the fighting. Instead, you control one of two duelists who cast spells that summon creatures that essentially fight one another. So, then: Card game fans, this is not a card game. Fighting game fans, this is not a fighting game. Who, then, will like Magic: The Gathering—Battlegrounds? I don’t know, but I know it’s not me.
40
GameSpy (Jan 04, 2004)
Battlegrounds is ultimately an ill-conceived attempt to bring the Magic card game license to a PC action game. It goes halfway towards inventing a new genre, but it can't decide whether to invent the action-RTS or the tactical-fighting game, so it ends up just awkwardly defying any sort of established gameplay conventions. Sometimes this sort of innovation is admirable. But in a case like this, it smacks less of bold design and more of people sitting around a meeting room thinking of ways they can make more money from their lucrative franchise.


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