• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2003
Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Magic players might like it as a diversion from the card game, or they might hate it with it's dumbing down and changing of the rules.
  2. A compelling and brave interpretation, let down by an obtuse single-player mode. [PC Gamer UK]
  3. Easy to pick up and damn fun to play.
  4. A top-notch action title that captures the depth of a turn-based card game. Open-minded Magic fans and tactical action gamers should check it out.
  5. 79
    The interface and control is simple enough but the depth of this sucker will likely be lost on most.
  6. It provides a great new game mechanic that should interest many, but with such a limited scope, lack of variety between duels, and poor likelihood of any kind of expansion save for some new spells, it’s hard to promise everybody will get their money’s worth.
  7. It’s easy to learn and difficult to master, but the experience you have from beginning to end will be challenging and rewarding.
  8. Elements of the RTS and fighting genres will turn heads. But some will complain about the over-simplicity.
  9. Feels too much like a simple port of a console game. PC gamers are learning to expect much more! If you enjoy console beat-‘em-ups, then it will at least provide some variety in your diet.
  10. It is possibly the most accessible version of Magic I’ve ever played, as even my friends who had never played a game in their life were able to understand and enjoy the title on its own merits.
  11. Could have benefited from a better interface, but at its core, Battlegrounds is still a decent game.
  12. I’ve played so many "Warcraft III" clones recently that it’s really refreshing to cover a game that’s actually doing something innovative. However, it’s the online and VS games that really flesh out Battlegrounds, since the single-player experience is pretty flat.
  13. 60
    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.
  14. It's not great, and using the keyboard is murder, but with both solid single-player and multiplayer support, Battlegrounds is a surprisingly commendable mix of card fighting and 3D brawling. [Mar 2004, p.79]
  15. There are definitely some hurdles you'll have to get over to enjoy this game, but there is certainly fun to be had. For me it was the strategic, puzzle-like single player mode, but for others it may be the ability to alter decks and play against online opponents.
  16. A frustrating action/strategy hybrid where you miss the action while flailing to control the strategy. [Mar 2004, p.67]
  17. If I want impossible, I'll call my mother. [Apr 2004, p.89]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 30, 2011
    9
    This game was so super great. Granted, I've been a Magic fan since Beta, so it might be a bit esoteric and I'm not realizing it, but it was aThis game was so super great. Granted, I've been a Magic fan since Beta, so it might be a bit esoteric and I'm not realizing it, but it was a great twist in an arcade duel action game. I bring it out and play it fairly often, nearly 10 years later. Still find quite a bit of frustration in some of the battles, but merely due to the challenge it offers. Great game. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2011
    10
    I am a big MTG fan and I thought this was an incredibly good translation. Had tons of fun playing this, even after beating all of the colors.I am a big MTG fan and I thought this was an incredibly good translation. Had tons of fun playing this, even after beating all of the colors. I really wish they would develop a new version for Xbox360! Full Review »
  3. JasonM.
    Mar 24, 2005
    10
    the coolest game i had.The graphics are very nice and doesnt require you to buy a high end video cards.this game is very exhilirating i hope the coolest game i had.The graphics are very nice and doesnt require you to buy a high end video cards.this game is very exhilirating i hope they will have an expansion of this game..i strongly recommend this game. Full Review »