Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds Xbox

  • Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2003
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
Buy On
  1. 60
    A surprisingly addictive, insanely frenetic multiplayer game that will delight "Magic" fans. But even those who've never played it (and maybe shot spitballs at those who did) might take a fancy to it.
  2. Magic fans will likely scoff in disgust, but if you're in the market for a game that plays like a fighter but has a little more depth, you may want to give this a whirl. [Dec 2003, p.173]
  3. 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.
  4. It is not the Magic that I grew up with, and purists may find the changes to be a bit too extreme.
  5. Could have benefited from a better interface, but at its core, Battlegrounds is still a good game.
  6. 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.
  7. netjak
    The spell effects are fantastic, and the arenas are cool-looking, but the duelist models and the in-game videos clearly needed some more work, both on the graphical AND content fronts.
  8. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 6 / 6 / 7 - 26 [Vol 815; 30 July 2004]

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Engee
    Dec 11, 2003
    Half you guys are full of it. some of you haven't even played the full game and you're raving about this! and Magic P - if youHalf you guys are full of it. some of you haven't even played the full game and you're raving about this! and Magic P - if you played for 36 hours in a weekend, it means you slept 6 hours a day and played all day apart from that. In other words, You're Full of Crap. In regards to the game - 14 spells per colour seems pretty few to me. I wonder how good online extensions would be? and how much they'd cost....(!) Full Review »
  2. Substryk
    Nov 29, 2003
    Awesome! The creaters have managed to capture the card game and translate it to a competitive action packed arcade game for the masses. Excellent.
  3. Russ
    Nov 25, 2003
    The demo is great. The full version must be even better!