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  • Summary: BattleForge is a fantasy online real-time strategy game where you assemble your own army with collectible trading cards. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck. Mix and match the elements of your cards to play with your friends online and conquer massive onlineBattleForge is a fantasy online real-time strategy game where you assemble your own army with collectible trading cards. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck. Mix and match the elements of your cards to play with your friends online and conquer massive online battlegrounds. For mortals caught in a clash between insane gods and ancient giants, standing together is the only option. Using the forces of Fire, Frost, Nature and Shadow a mysterious Forge which makes legends come to life, is their single hope to create armies powerful enough to overcome these impossible odds. It is now time to set out and reclaim an epic fantasy world which has been overthrown by sinister powers in the twilight of a dying sun. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. A seamlessly realised and original hybrid that breathes life into the RTS genre. [Issue#18, p.48]
  2. EA Phenomic has successfully pulled off a surprisingly natural convergence of two very different types of gameplay. The combination is wickedly addictive. BattleForge isn't entirely a flawless victory, but it looks good, plays great, and gives card hoarders something new to obsess over.
  3. Though the idea of micro-transactions in a full-priced game might turn some people off, BattleForge provides plenty of content for the retail price, and doesn't require additional funds to stay competitive.
  4. 80
    The genre mixture that gels well together. Good RTS elements and responsiveness compliment the CCG aspects. Just be prepared to potentially get your wallet out for those microtransactions.
  5. Pelit (Finland)
    78
    BattleForge spices the RTS genre with aspects from collectible card games, but the whole is less than the sum of its parts: the strategy elements are too repetitive and the CCG side feels pointless. [May 2009]
  6. Mix Warcraft with Magic the Gathering and you'll get BattleForge. It's not a bad mix, but you'll have to get used to it. The learning curve is pretty steep and rookies will get their asses kicked within seconds. But, the game rewards the one that keeps trying with some tasteful gameplay and a delicious fantasy topping.
  7. Microtransactions all but ruin this unusual real-time strategy and its flawed collectible card game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. CraigR
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    This is the first game I've been hooked on in ages. I've owned my own video game store chain, so I was pretty jaded. This game is This is the first game I've been hooked on in ages. I've owned my own video game store chain, so I was pretty jaded. This game is awesome. If you can get past the fact that they reel you in "Magic" style to buy new cards, it's unbelievably fun and varied. If you on;y spend $50 on cards, you will have a better time than most games you would drop $50 on without blinking. Expand
  2. FabianT
    Apr 1, 2009
    10
    I was a skeptic at first when hearing about it, but now that I have it I really need to say: The unit and spell variety in this game just I was a skeptic at first when hearing about it, but now that I have it I really need to say: The unit and spell variety in this game just astounds me. Can't wait for more sets to come out so things will become even more interesting. Even if that costs money, it's so worth it. Expand
  3. May 17, 2011
    10
    i cant believe the lower ratings on this game, often based on paying for additional cards. with just one purchase of the retail version (whichi cant believe the lower ratings on this game, often based on paying for additional cards. with just one purchase of the retail version (which you can get on ebay for about the price of an average lunch) you get more than enough in-game currency to buy anything you might need. and if u ever run out you can buy additional copies and add their content to your existing account. in over a year of playing i have spent less than £30 ($45 or so). And for that i have got literally THOUSANDS of hours of top-class entertainement. Compare that to a $50 game that u get 25 to 50 hours of gametime from and then tell me which is better value for money.
    They say that these days its all about the multiplayer, and for me its all about the PvP. BFs PvP is unprecedented. its unique and exciting and gets my pulse racing like no other game.. and ive been a gamer for 25 years. And the beauty is it doesnt matter how bad or good you are because with the ranking system everyone plays opponents of their own level. Someone that levels out around rank 15 can (and will) have matches that are as exciting and fulfilling as somone that levels out at rank 25. Your opponents will always be a balanced mixture of those at your level, those just below youre level and those just above.
    And, unbelievably for an online pvp game against strangers, many of the players demonstrate good sportsmanship and manners. Losers often congratualate their opponent on a match well played, and indeed the standard concession of defeat is "GG" - good game. and to me Battleforge is exactly that - a VERY good game.
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  4. RehabTwelve
    Jun 1, 2009
    9
    A great game different to most of today's popular market. Allows you to have fun with mates over vent as you challenge each other in a A great game different to most of today's popular market. Allows you to have fun with mates over vent as you challenge each other in a different environment to shooting say zombies or raiding instances. Expand
  5. Jay
    Apr 16, 2009
    9
    $2.50 for cards isn't that expensive, but that's not the point.

    I know for a fact that you don't NEED to buy booster in
    $2.50 for cards isn't that expensive, but that's not the point.

    I know for a fact that you don't NEED to buy booster in order to have an edge in the game. The company provides you with 3,000 points; enough to buy 12 packs.
    Which is more then enough to build a good deck, also you can trade the cards if you want something specific, so the $$ complaint is not an excuse to not like the game, considering you can get cards by other means and still be a good PVPer without having to pay an extra dollar.
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  6. Dec 31, 2010
    8
    BATTLE FORGE REVIEW

    RELEASED: 27 March 2009 GENDER: MMO RTS I one of the best free MMOs out there. Battle Forge approaches to hybridize real
    BATTLE FORGE REVIEW

    RELEASED: 27 March 2009
    GENDER: MMO RTS

    I one of the best free MMOs out there.
    Battle Forge approaches to hybridize real time strategy and cards game (magic gathering like). As it also has been done before, no one has been as successful as Battle Forge.

    Battle Forge as I already said merges RTS and cards and the result is that you have up to 20 cards in your deck, which you use in field. There are 4 main different elements: Fire, Nature, Frost and Shadow from which you can create a vast number of differently combined decks. Each deck is suited for various situations. (PvP deck greatly differs from PvE).
    Every element has cards of several tiers (levels) 1-4, therefore in order to create a successful deck you need to have cards from each tiers. (usual structure 5 from each tier -> 2creatures, 2 spells, 1structure; However is may differ greatly).

    There are 19 campaign missions (PvE), which can be played on 3 levels (standard, advanced, expert) and can be played with 1-12 players.
    PvE missions are used in order to harvest gold and upgrades, which are later used to upgrade cards and make them stronger.

    PvP is very fulfilling and really test the ability of all the players. PvP cannot be approached as PvE, due to the fact that you need a great tactics plus awesome cards in order to be the top.

    Trading is one of the most important factors in the game. It is done via Auction House, where people add the cards they want to sell and other people can bid on them. Other way it to use the trade chat or forum.

    If you are skillful enough the gather the best cards, create the ultimate tactics and are a dexterous trader -> you are the perfect candidate for becoming the top player!!

    So, do not waste any more time and get to it
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  7. ManaDar
    Apr 24, 2009
    3
    I'm a huge fan of RTS and RPG games but this game is a "cash cow" in the worst form. The gameplay is repetitive. The units are notI'm a huge fan of RTS and RPG games but this game is a "cash cow" in the worst form. The gameplay is repetitive. The units are not interesting. The storyline is a document, like a long and boring book . PvP is not interesting because some cards are seriously overpowered. If you buy this game, then you will regret it. Expand

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