BattleForge Review
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System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA Phenomic 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Electronic Arts 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 25, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-12 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

BattleForge's pseudo-campaign unfolds by completing missions on the central map hub. There are many traditional solo-missions to plow through alongside map encounters that are designed for multiple players to dive into cooperatively. New maps unlock as you progress. Aside from the main game itself, a number of other important features can be accessed via the hub.

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Social networking elements like in-game e-mail, chat, and trading auctions let you interact with other players who are logged in. This is great for locating folks to duel against in PvP maps or to play alongside in the campaign. You also sort through your cards and spend time creating various decks. Testing them out is easily done in the BattleForge itself - an arena area that lets you summon a few foes and test out your own creatures and spells against them without worrying about missions or power.

Because BattleForge is an online game, there are some problems with the RTS formula that occasionally arise. Namely, you can't save progress on a particular map once you've begun, so if your connection times out in mid-battle or you find yourself on the verge of losing after a lengthy play session, you're pretty much stuck going back to the hub and starting that mission over. During busy battles with lots of creatures on the screen, the framerate also tends to lag - even on a high-powered PC. This seemed to happen mainly during certain times of day and on weekends when player traffic is likely very high.

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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.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.9
Graphics
The stylish in-game graphics have a cartoonish look that's appealing. The artwork on the cards themselves is also impressively done.
4.2
Control
Camera controls are very limited, but the solid interface makes it easy to manage a lot at once.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Battle sounds are effective, and the voice work is good.
4.5
Play Value
Even without spending extra dough for booster packs, there's a ton of game here and a lot of fun to be had.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Use the forces of Fire, Frost, Nature, and Shadow to stake your ground and battle for survival.
  • Card-based gameplay makes BattleForge easy to pick up and play yet provides countless hours of challenges and strategic action.
  • Win, trade, auction, and buy cards online to create your ultimate deck and build the most powerful army possible.
  • Take full advantage of a wide range of community-based features including guilds and cooperative online battles with friends!
  • Wage epic warfare on 40 expansive, detailed maps.
  • Fight for supremacy in intense player-vs.-player combat.
  • Up to 12 players can team up for epic co-op quests and warfare on massive battlegrounds.


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