Console Monster writes: "I haven't played Magic: The Gathering since I was in primary school. That's a long time ago. I was never any good at it though, and I always got my ass badly kicked by the older kids at school. I pretty much gave up shortly afterwards and haven't touched my deck since. It's probably still in the house somewhere. When I got the chance to pick up Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planewalkers, I jumped at the chance to relive my childhood of spending Wednesday lunchtimes in an old Geography room with a bunch of 8 year olds "tapping" cards and having my best card stolen.
Duels of the Planewalkers is aimed at Magic newbies, with a lot of hand holding and coddling due to the on-screen popup hints and break downs of the rules. The tutorial is extremely laborious, but so is the process of learning the game from scratch with just a manual. It is a very effective tutorial, and the rules and process of playing the game becomes much easier to understand as the hints pop up throughout the game. But the whole hand holding aspect is a bit irritating for seasoned veterans of the game..."