MasonicGamer.com - Okay, lets get something straight here: I’ve never played Magic: The Gathering. I saw people playing it in high school, but was too busy with Walkmans and Gameboys to join in. I’m sure the game is fun, but I never became part of the competitive, card-collecting scene, even when the Pokemon fad was in full swing. Therefore, this review is coming from a complete noob – someone who never played previous versions of Duels of the Planeswalkers, or even realised they existed.
From what I can tell, this game is unadulterated Magic: the Gathering. Sure, there’s some kind of story, but it’s mainly just battling foes, collecting cards, and customising your deck. It starts with a horribly-cheesy fantasy opening, setting the scene, and almost putting me off altogether. The tutorial is no better, with cringe-worthy voice over and omission of certain key facts (for example, when do I get to draw a card? I still haven’t figured that out). Thankfully, it’s not long before the uninitiated become trained in the basics and ready for a real fight.