Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds features an engrossing single-player Quest Mode including a story that includes characters from Magic: The Gathering storylines, while also introducing a variety of new characters and locales. Single-player Quest Mode is comprised of six chapters, each featuring up to 15 quests. Most quests involve battles with resident duelists, sub-bosses or bosses who often control a particular creature or spell that the player has not yet acquired. As the player progresses, the resident duelists get tougher and control more powerful spells. Upon defeating these opponents, players can gain access to these new spells and creatures; the enemy duelist becomes playable within the game; and, the player can select from various clothing and other accoutrements, allowing players to customise the look of their chosen duelist.
In addition to acquiring new spells, Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds provides players with the ability to increase their duelist's power with special artifacts. Artifacts are magical relics with varying effects that, when used correctly, enhance a duelist's chances of victory. Every time a single-player chapter is completed by defeating that chapter's sub-boss, the player can select one of several artifacts to add to his collection.
More than 350,000 Xbox gamers are currently enjoying online game play and downloadable content via Xbox Live! Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds features an entire host of features that take full advantage of this opportunity for extended online play. Xbox Live! features include: a global ranking and statistics system; new downloadable content; convenient cross title invitations; opponent feedback forums; a robust friends list; voice chat; and more.