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March 2, 2011

Magicka

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Paid, WindowsNina S. @ 05:52

I got Magicka while I was sitting in a room full of people, bored out of my mind. It was one of those days. I started playing it and was immediately impressed, mostly by the cute graphics. They’re not too complicated, but they really get the job done. Besides that, I like the choices the developers made. They could have vied for the more dungeon-esque type art style, which would have worked just as beautifully for the gameplay, but instead they kept it simple and fun. It’s an easy thing to overlook if you’re just in the mood to play a game and not dissect it or anything, but I appreciate those little things.

Now, there isn’t a lot of complexity with Magicka. You have to remember some basic spells and use them in combination to get through various trials. Re-reading that sentence, it sounds rather boring, so let me be a little clearer. The game isn’t complicated, by way of use. The tutorial is fantastic, and anyone can play it. That’s why it makes such an ideal multiplayer. You can play it with a bunch of adult friends or you can play with others.

It’s one of the few games I’ve noticed lately that has a local co-op option, which just blows my mind. I won’t lie, just the fact that it has local co-op already gives it a fairly high number of points in my system, just because a lot of the bigger name companies are getting rid of this. This feature is why I got into games in the first place, when I was little it was the whole reason I even bothered to leave my cove of books and drawings. Local co-op is what games are all about for me.

Another thing that Magicka has going for it is the fact that it’s funny. It’s meant to be kind of a satire of the games we’ve been playing for years. Couple that with a story based on mythology, challenging fights, and interesting levels, and this is really the kind of game I want to have around when I’m sitting around with a bunch of friends.

I love this game. It’s got a good, solid premise and is executed wonderfully. The price just can’t be beat and it’s fun. Yes, damnit, I said fun. Hours of entertainment seems to be easy enough to come by these days, but fun? Fun is a marvel.

Magicka

 ★★★★¾ 

Gameplay:★★★★¾ 
Technical:★★★★½ 
Multiplayer:★★★★★ 
A Norse adventure with friends.

Game: Magicka| Developer: Arrowhead Game Studio

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