IGN: Magicka Review

Playing Magicka isn't about going through the motions with a control scheme you've used a thousand times before. It requires some reflex training that can reward you with wildly entertaining success on the field of battle. Unfortunately, Arrowhead's game is in need of patching at the time of this review, and bugs, crashes and connectivity issues occur with regularity. Even so, with a level-headed team of four, Magicka's cooperative action is entrancing chaos. It's rare for a game to feel this mechanically satisfying.

Presentation - 5.5
Graphics - 7.0
Sound - 7.5
Gameplay - 8.0
Lasting Appeal - 7.5

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callahan092845d ago (Edited 2845d ago )

I think this is a way too low of a score for this game. First of all. Why exactly is presentation so low? I found no faults with that whatsoever. The game has hilarious moments and dialog. The graphics are quite beautiful as well, especially some of the spell effect combinations when you've got 4 players on screen at once. The gameplay is very cool in multiplayer and even pretty fun for single-player, the controls were hard to get used to for me, but once I got used to it, I really loved it. Very unique game, great ideas in play here.

Edit: They reference bugs & crashes for the presentation down-score, but the game had a release-day patch that fixed everything, so at this point (more than a day after the game came out and has already been fixed) is it really fair to have that in the review when it wouldn't even apply to anybody who bought the game today? (And no, it truly wouldn't, because when you buy this game, it's downloadable only, so you're automatically going to get the up-to-date version).

ktr2845d ago

No where in the review does it mention that the game cost $10.

Xfanboy2845d ago (Edited 2845d ago )

That the media 4 u!!
Nice game!

JsonHenry2844d ago

I LOVE this game! 7/10? I don't agree with that at all. At least 8.5. ESPECIALLY given the game is $10.

The devs had released a patch a day almost since the game releases to fix the small bugs they had.

Multi (outside of LAN) is still a bit odd at times. But it does work.

Oh well, review scores are all a matter of opinion. My opinion is this game is a 8.7 all around. I hope this dev sells a crap ton of this game and makes a part 2 soon!

ThanatosDMC2844d ago

This game is awesome. I love how magic is used. Geez, it's like they cant appreciate innovative PC games.