Moves the RTS Genre Into Uncharted Territory, but Does it Hit the Mark?
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: Combine Yu-Gi-Oh with Magic: The Gathering and Warcraft, and shove that mess into a collectible online-only format
Graphics: The game is nothing if not bright, inviting, and well animated
Sound: All you get are unit acknowledgments and a bland score
Playability: Automatically assigning units to control groups is not as good an idea as it sounds
Entertainment: Adding deck-building and collectible card mechanics doesn't improve the sloppy RTS foundation one bit...
Summary: You might think that having to buy cards to play Battle Forge is a money grab by EA, but if you didn't buy one single extra card you'd still hold an awesome arsenal in your hands. The unit options available via your card deck are staggering. On the one hand, balancing a deck with healing, firepower, etc. takes practice. On the other, it's very easy to deploy some kick-ass units (complete with special powers from the start). The latter ?
Excerpt: BattleForge takes two strategy gaming subgenres and brings them together to create a unique game. The two subgenres in this case are real-time strategy and collectible card games, and the result is a game that's unusual enough to warrant a look by anyone who's into strategy gaming.
Excerpt: In the 90’s Blizzard set the bar for Real Time Strategy games with their smash hit, Warcraft and later, Starcraft. Their near perfect formula of balance, strategy, and replay value has been what strategy gamers have hoped for in all other games of the genre.
Excerpt: BattleForge feels like an experiment, and not just because it combines three hobby genres into one, but because the game centres around micro-transactions, an alternative revenue stream that's as divisive as Jade Goody. In BattleForge, a fantasy real-time strategy game at heart, your army is not made up of units determined by the race or faction you pick pre-match.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a real-time strategy game designed expressly -- though not exclusively -- for online multiplayer gaming. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for children aged 12 years and under. Players will play and conduct text chats with others as the game progresses, adding new friends to their contacts lists as they go.
Summary: BattleForge is a new fantasy online RTS game that combines the pace of RTS gameplay with the customization of trading cards in an online environment where friends can play together. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Since I’ve become a console addict, I hardly turn to my PC for gaming. It could also be because my computer now has such outdated hardware, that it’s better to use it as a doorstop or expensive paperweight. But before the era of console gaming, I used to love playing strategy games on my PC.
Summary: EA's Phenomic Studio is developing BattleForge, a new fantasy online RTS game where you assemble your own army with collectible trading cards. Win, trade and buy your cards online to create your ultimate deck.