In mid-November, 2003, gamers on the original Xbox as well as Windows PC got a new title based on Wizards of the Coast's popular Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.
Released by Atari, Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds takes the tabletop card game and re-imagines it as an action/strategy dueling game in which players summon forth powerful monsters, spells, and abilities to defeat their enemy in one-on-one duels.
While Battlegrounds players don't have a deck nor do they have to worry about the "untap, upkeep, and draw" of traditional tabletop Magic: The Gathering, they do get access to a spellbook. This spellbook contains all of a player's spells and summoned monsters that can be utilized during duels. And, despite the video game's wide departure from the real-life card game, these spells and monsters are (at the very least) inspired by their actual MTG counterpart with names such as Wrath of God, Llanowar Elves, and Sengir Vampire.
Check out the video below to learn more about the game:
By the way, if you’re interested in picking up a copy of the game for yourself, you should check out your local used video game store or an online retailer such as eBay or Amazon. Online, it’s going for around $17 used.
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