Genre(s): Strategy/Turn-Based Strategy
Metacritic Score: 75 out of 100
Price: Free; Cash Shop
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 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.
BattleForge is a real-time strategy game mixed with elements from trading card games like Magic: The Gathering. After logging into his account, the player has over one hundred cards available which are divided into four different categories: Fire, Frost, Shadow and Nature. Each card represents either a unit, a squad of units or a building with different abilities and requirements. The player needs to pick up to 20 of these cards to form a deck. He isn’t bound to take only cards from one category but instead can use whatever he things might be useful in the upcoming fight.
When a deck is complete, the missions await on a map of the world but as the game has a heavy focus on multiplayer, only a small portion of them can be completed alone. In most cases the player has to join other willing sovereigns in the fight for good and can do so even while the battle is already raging.
When a card is available to be played out and enough energy available, the player just takes it from his deck and places it on the battlefield near a friendly unit to spawn the corresponding units or buildings at that point. This allows the player to get reinforcements everywhere on the map as long as one unit is still alive. If everyone is dead, energy fountains and monuments can be used as a spawn point. Once a unit or building has been placed, the game plays like every other real-time strategy game with ordering units around and activating their special abilities.
Publisher: Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer: EA Phenomic
Release Date: March 23, 2009
Players: One to Four players
ERSB: T (Teen)
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