Battlegrounds: A look at Atarti's action-based MTG video game

In the early 2000s, Atari released a Magic: The Gathering game for PC and Xbox.

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.

A number of actual MTG character are also featured in the game, including the maro-sorcerer, MultaniPhyrexian general, Tsabo TavocIhsan's Shade, and more.

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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Barry White

Barry White is a longtime Magic: The Gathering player, having started in 1994 shortly before the release of 'Fallen Empires.' After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he went on to a 15-year journalism career as a writer, reporter, and videographer for three different ABC affiliate newsrooms.