Is Magic: Duels of the Planewalkers 2013 Really New Player Friendly? – Review

Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planewalkers 2013 | Wizards of the Coast | PSN/XBLA/Steam/ | £6.99 | Released: 20/06/2012

As someone who is, unashamedly, a massive geek, I haven’t really dipped my toes into many things people would consider geeky. Granted, I do spend a lot of time on the internet, and I play a lot of video games, but when it comes to things like Warhammer or trading cards, I don’t know anything. Even after surviving the Pokemon card craze, I’ve never played it, or any other card game for that fact.

But after Samuel interviewed a representative for Magic The Gathering’s latest game at E3 (you can watch the interview here); I wanted to dip my toes into it. I wanted to test the claims the interviewee made that Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planewalkers 2013 (we’ll just call it Magic 2013, okay?) will open Magic up to completely new players, providing some metaphorical training wheels to the in-depth card game.

So… how is Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planewalkers 2013, (sorry, Magic 2013)…

Well, I can certainly say it is complicated. While many card games might be infamous for their ease of play and lack of depth (see Pokemon), Magic is overwhelmingly full of depth. When it comes to depth, it’s the mega sized bag of Doritos amongst all the small bags (good metaphor, eh?). Luckily the Magic 2013 team weren’t bluffing when they said they were making it accessible to beginners.

Multiple difficulty modes are available in Magic 2013, including one especially for new players, which includes a hand-holding tutorial, clearly explaining the basics of the game, slowly introducing more and more mechanics. I came into the game with literally no experience of Magic, and left with a good, confident understanding of how the card game ticks.

Of course though, I’m not going to jump into tournament play, or even the game’s online mode yet. But Magic 2013 is true to it’s promise to new players. Now is the best time to experience and enjoy the card game for the first time. Featuring the same beautiful hand-drawn graphics of the actual card game and some very atmospheric music, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice not to check out this unique game. Especially at it’s bargain, £7 price.

Obviously with such an in-depth game, my beginners experiences don’t do it justice. To only play it for 5 hours is injustice, and might just put bounties on my head by Magic fans. So I’m off to play some more Magic 2013, why not play me? My PSN is KingEurope.

Christian Cowell

Christian has been described as acting like a “fat lass in a cake shop” when talking to indie developers. Ironically, Christian is a bit fat. His site responsibilties include writing articles and complaining when the site is down.

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