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Magic the Gathering: Battlegrounds

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews) 72 / 100

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  • Choose your champion, then choose a combination of magical colors -- each symbolizes a different personality trait, and defines the magic you'll be able to use
  • Use your lightning-fast reflexes, strategic brilliance and raw power to overcome your enemies
  • Start out with a basic deck -- as you advance you'll unlock new cards and greater powers
  • Try out the single-player Quest Mode, to battle duelist residents for control over creatures & spells
  • Includes faithful recreations of characters and creatures from Magic - The Gathering storylines

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  • ASIN: B00009OWKQ
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Bring the trading card game to life in this intense adventure with real-time fighting, wizard battles, spells and creature combat.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great strategy and fighting too November 6, 2003
Magic The Gathering Battlegrounds is NOT a card game translated to the XBox. It is a fighting game that is based on the environments and creatures found in the Magic world.
You can choose from various characters, each representing a different style of world. The demo only has 2 worlds represented, but the actual game has 6. Each has his own look and selection of spells and creatures.
The training mode walks you through the basics. You are in essence on a battleground split in half. You can only cast spells on your half of the battleground, and if you stay in your enemy's half for too long you take damage. You gather up mana to cast spells, and the more mana you get, the more powerful spells you can cast.
Some spells create creatures which either attack your enemy or sit still and defend you. Some spells attack your enemy and his creatures. Other spells give enhancements to your own creatures.
Unlike other fighting games, this isn't just about 'attacking blindly until he's dead'. You have to balance your spell usage between defending your own body, creating creatures, enhancing your creatures and taking out your enemy and his creatures. Since the mana supply is not copious, exactly how you balance your mana can make the difference between survival and death.
The quest mode lets you learn new spells and abilities, and practice your skills. The actual combat mode is where you move forward in the rankings.
The game is XBox live enabled (tho the demo is not) which should be the real key to this game. Sure, it's fun to play against computer generated characters - but the real joy will be taking your well-trained character and setting him against the world of other gamers, and seeing how well you rank in that world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fighting/strategy game! February 7, 2004
By A Customer
It helps if you have played the Magic card game, because it will give you a jump on understanding the rules. It basically plays like a fighting game, but with a strategy twist. You can play through a single player quest mode which familiarizes you with the gameplay quite adequately. Most of these duels are fairly easy, but several of them are very challenging, and require thinking along with quick reactions!
The game also has a single player and Vs. mode arcade battle mode, plus the option of dueling online. It is definitely one of the higher replay and fun factor games for any system. I highly recommend it, even for people who haven't played the card game. It is a fun and challenging game.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Quicky magic fix December 25, 2004
By David
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is a rather misleading remake of " Magic The gathering, Battlemage" originally put out for Play station 1.

The entire game takes place in a small arena thats about two screens wide. Most of the time you look at about 2/3rds of your screen and 1/3 of your opponents screen so you know whats coming. Movement is basically forced by having mana power spheres appear on the arena floor. You start needing to play the single player missions mode, its forced as you have to unlock the cards there. You unlock each color one at a time, with diffuculty that starts expecting you to have no clue as how to play to having expected you to learned a special trick to best them. Its a little repetitive as as soon as you finish the color your considered a beginner again and it has to explain things all over for the next color.

The graphics are rather good, especially compared to its predecessors. Unfortunately you wont really be paying attention to the graphics much as gameplay gets on, mostly you will be watching your mana dots. But it does make watching someone else play interesting. The backgrounds for the arenas are just that, none of the arenas actually affect gameplay, there are no obstacles and while one of them looks rather well drawn, some of them are so similar you would swear there are only 6.

The sound gets repeditive quickly and actualy forced me to take "game breaks" because I was sick of listening to their voices. Haveing different voices call out the cards is better then the static male announcer in Battlemage, but the repeditive nature really can get on my nerves.

Somehow after reading reviews and the box I was given the impression there would be "artifacts" that could be unlocked in this game.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic translation January 23, 2004
I've had Magic the Gathering: Battlegrounds since it came out and I really enjoy it, because it takes a lot of the strategy from the card game and puts it into a fast paced game that you can pick up and play for 10 minutes, or hours, with as little or as much setup as you want to put into it.

If you have any love for the collectible card game, Magic the Gathering, then you will most likely love Magic the Gathering: Battlegrounds, which is available for PC and XBOX. It has been changed to be more accessible to videogamers but this does not mean it has been dumbed down.

A couple of the biggest changes are that this everything is done in realtime, and instead of playing lands you have to run around to grab mana crystals, which add to the total possible mana you can have in your mana bar. Each crystal you grab is like playing a land, but because the game is in real time, it isn't reset at the beginning of any phase, instead your mana bar will slowly refills after you've cast a spell. These mana crystals appear one at a time, and you have to grab the existing crystal before the next one will appear (which happens after a certain amount of time has passed since your last pick up).

There are only about 70 spells total in the game. While this is a tiny amount when compared to the massive amount of cards out there, each color is well represented. Here are some examples of the type of creatures and spells available. Green has beefy creatures some with regeneration or trample and, it can gain a "mana" advantage. White has creatures with first strike, flying, and has gain life spells. Red has creatures with haste, spells that let you add to their offense, and burn spells.
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Published 10 months ago by Angela Atchison
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Published 12 months ago by T. L. Trocki
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun take on the Magic mythos
Got this game in a collection of xbox games. It is fun, you are in the land of magic but you are not playing a card game per say. You have spells you cast and it is a good time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chris W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Game didn't work.
I bought this game because it was on the list of downloadable games for my new xbox. When I put it in however, it wouldn't come up and so was a complete waste of money. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game
If you are a MTG fan this is a must have
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Published on January 10, 2013 by Luky_shot
5.0 out of 5 stars YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSS
i love this game!!!!! amazing. any fan of Magic: The Gathering needs to get this game! its backwards compatable so i can play it on my 360! Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by D'Kota
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN TO PLAY WITH MY KIDS ENJOY IT TOO. Fast Shipping. Good Shape!
Cool game! I play the card game and my 10yr old son also. I bought the video game just to see how it is. FUN! We all love it. Perfect condition and fast shipping. Thanks!
Published on January 27, 2008 by SW King
5.0 out of 5 stars KID PLEASER
My two sons love this game!
They have went through two of them.
Video games with strategies help
promote critical thinking skills.
Published on December 4, 2007 by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game (if you have antoher one to play with)
Yeah, that's the reason why I rated 3 stars this game. As the card game, Magic is fun, but only if you have some pals to play with you. Read more
Published on January 11, 2005 by Victor A. Zapata Romero
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