Magicka

Reviewed by Tap on Sep 21, 2011
Rating
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4/5
(Great!)
Game Overview
Publisher:
Paradox Interactive
Developer:
Arrowhead
Release Date:
January 25, 2011
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Genre(s):
Action | Sandbox | Strategy
Requirements: 
2.4GHz processor, 2GB RAM, DirectX 9, 2GB HDD space.

Magicka is a wonderful game, filled with exciting moments and funny dialogue and cool-looking weapons. It allows you to cast spells and combine them to create new spells. It also gives you the ability to summon creatures and shoot guns and offers so much content that you could easily get lost in its features.

The visuals are isometric, but it definitely looks 3D. The characters are very lively and easily recognizable, while at the same time, somewhat generic and cliche. The enemies are very fun to fight and can be very dangerous.

The game engine allows for some very epic battles, and if you already tried Bastion, Magicka is right up your alley, but you may notice Magicka is much harder to play. In all honesty, Magicka is very difficult.

I think the coop is great, but multiplayer is lacking. While it is fun to cooperatively spellcast against NPC foes, using spells against each other is too hectic. Spells do too much damage, and you have to contend with some very good players. Again, coop is great fun, but multiplayer battles allow for too much grief.

Spellcasting is the best feature of this game! You can use elemental powers and combine them to make practically any kind of spell, from a suit of stone to a force field to land mines which heal you. You have offensive spells, as well, including but not limited to laser beams and freeze rays. These spells can even interact with each other. Spellcasting promotes creativity.

Overall, magicka gets a 4/5, because it is not as good as it could be. The developers could make the controls and interface more comfortable, and the DLC could be in larger doses instead of tiny bits and pieces. You really should get the base game, though. It is fun.

PC When we refer to PC, we mean personal computers, so be sure you read what operating systems support this game. Currently, we review games for Mac, Windows, Linux, and DOS.

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#1 posted on September 22, 2011 - 4:03pm

Sounds rather good. The way you describe it reminds me of Diablo.

Killed by a troll on level 14.

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#2 posted on September 23, 2011 - 3:42pm

It is actually not a dungeon crawler. You do not have much in regards to leveling up or equipping items. You can equip 2 weapons, and that's it.

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#3 posted on September 24, 2011 - 11:08am

Huh. This is an RPG? Because the only kind of RPG that doesn't stress leveling up would be the Zelda series (if that counts, it's probably more of an adventure game). That kind of surprises me the only kind of customization a game like this would give you would be what 2 weapons you would want to wield.

Killed by a troll on level 14.

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#4 posted on September 24, 2011 - 7:48pm

I never said it was a RPG. It is very much an action game with some equipment and spell options.

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