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Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II is set in the Monster Rancher universe, but instead of raising and battling monsters, players collect cards from around the game world and use them to build decks, taking on opponents in order to snag even more of the precious collectables.
In the game, you must find a complete set of Monster Rancher cards to help you're your friend, who's been spirited away to Monster Paradise with her own complete set. You do this by scouring the countryside, locating hidden cards, buying them, or winning them in competitions against other highly skilled opponents.
The main focus of the game is the card battles themselves. Each deck that you build will be focused around three different monsters, with the rest of the cards modifying the attack or defend power that those monsters possess. The monsters themselves are powered by GUTS points, which can be obtained by discarding items in your hand. Different decks can be constructed, and you can pick and choose what you think will be the best deck for a given battle.
Like other Monster Rancher games, you have the opportunity to use your own CD collections to create items. In this case, CDs create cards. Each CD can only be used once, but it is possible to receive some extremely powerful cards using certain CDs. These cards can be put into your game decks immediately. They can also be used in the two-player mode, where human opponents can take on each other with the decks they have created in the game. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide