Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Review
5 November 2012
Excerpt: If you’ve ever played (or tried to play) Magic: The Gathering , you know it can be tricky to get started. Between the complicated rules, intricate strategy, and the roster of more than 12,000 unique cards, it’s not a game that would traditionally be called “accessible.” Duels of the Planeswalkers is Wizards of the Coast’s attempt to make an “arcade” version of Magic, with a streamlined play experience that still keeps much of the original CCG’s depth and strategy.
Pros: Overall presentation is as good as ever; encounters are a fun new addition.
Cons: Deck lists aren’t too exciting; may not be enough new features for returning players.
Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers PC Review
8 July 2012
Conclusion: It really did take me a quite a while to wrap my head around, if I’m honest I hated the game for the first two days I reviewed it, but my friends love the game and I wanted to at least learn a little on the subject so I can pretend I know what they’re talking about half the time, so I pressed on and even though I didn’t like the game, I did find myself going back to it time and time again to have another go.
Excerpt: Magic the Gathering (MtG) is a trading card game that debuted in 1993. It has been revised multiple times and it's currently in it's 10th edition. The card game has also spawned multiple computer and console spin-offs, most famous being the Duels of the Planeswalkers (DotP), developed by Stainless Games. The first DotP (not counting the Microprose classic of 1997) was released in 2009 and it got a sequel in 2011, titled DotP 2012.
Pros: Beginner friendly, Low requirements, Does MtG justice
Cons: Deck Manager, Too few decks, Easy for veterans
Summary: Magic: The Gathering - Tactics is decent, but it's definitely not magical
Pros: Decent turn-based tactical gameplay. Reasonably fun single-player campaign. When the graphics are good, they're really good…
Cons: …but they also look dated sometimes. SOE Pass network is especially frustrating to deal with. Despite all claims to the contrary, the game is anything but free should you want to enjoy it. In our experience, it had problems with laptop trackpads.
Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 (PC) Review
28 June 2011
Conclusion: For a long time I have been fascinated by Magic: The Gathering, but I couldn’t really get into it, because I have few friends who were already into it, and thus the onus was always on ME to make sure I was doing it right. This game handles all of that for you, and gives you a veritable fortune’s worth of cards to mess around with. As far as I am concerned, this is the way it was meant to be played.