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  • Summary: Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds brings the Magic world to life, as a real-time game that combines fighting and strategy. As one of 17 powerful warriors competing in epic one-on-one battles, use your strength and sorcery to survive. You can acquire over 70 different spells throughout your journey, which provide a variety of fighting combinations. With single-player quests, downloadable content, 16 epic arenas, and intense multiplayer action via Xbox Live, experience the world of Magic like never before. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. I find it hard to believe that any Magic The Gathering fan won't like this game. I've caught myself playing the game hours on end.
  2. 85
    I love Battlegrounds for the same reason I love arcade-style sports games; it exploits the aspects of its source material that make for great design, and throws the rest out.
  3. Using both real-time action and strategy elements, developer Secret Level has pulled off a wildly challenging, but addictive game.
  4. The mediocre graphics bring the quality of the game down somewhat, and, while the need for frantic strategies will probably keep you playing, the lack of any sort of selection of different game modes may reduce Battlegrounds to being a rental, at best.
  5. It is not the Magic that I grew up with, and purists may find the changes to be a bit too extreme.
  6. 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]
  7. Two steps removed from the CCG it seeks to emulate, and is unlikely to appeal to anyone but Magic aficionados - and even then it has so cruelly crushed the freedom and essence of the licence that players of 'chess with cards' cannot help but shun it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7