Duels of the Planeswalkers has been around for several years now. With the ever popular Magic: The Gathering card game growing by the second, it was inevitable that it was going to get itself a video game.
Whether you’re a fan of the series, or a newcomer, Duels of the Planeswalkers is definitely worth a look at. I’m going to tell you just why.
Now for those of you who don’t know what Magic: The Gathering is, I’d be silly to assume that none of you know what it is, It’s a trading card game which pits you and another person in a battle for glory in a fantasy setting.
Each player has a deck of cards. Within this deck contains a resource card which represents elements such as water and fire, when these cards are in play, you’ll be able to summon a variety of monsters, spells and traps within your deck, all to gain the edge over your opponent.
Duels of the Planeswalkers takes the traditional Magic the Gathering gameplay and puts it into a virtual setting, erasing the hassle of collecting cards and finding the ever so small space to put them. It’s the fourth iteration in the series, revolving around a more tradition style of Magic gameplay, whilst being more structured than previous titles.
Featuring some well structured gameplay, Duels of the Planeswalkers comes with single-player and multiplayer modes. With the single-player being an incredibly deep experience. Single-player features a fully fledged campaign along with a sealed deck mode, in which you open virtual boosters to build a deck from these boosters. Of course you can build your deck yourself, but for newcomers you can hit a button which see’s the game build it in the best way possible.
The campaign also provides a great experience for those who aren’t willing enough to participate in the multiplayer modes. Several campaigns are featured, and unlocked when you complete it’s previous. Throughout each campaign you’ll experience a unique story, fighting opponents from Magic’s fantasy lore, whilst retaining the basic TCG mechanics.
As Magic: The Gathering has now been brought to a video gaming audience the TCG experience is a lot more stylized. With the playing field bearing a sleek and stylish look. Attacks on opponents are played out with the card’s side by side to each other with various effects representing it’s attack or use.
Where Duels of the Planeswalkers really shines, is the Sealed Play mode. In sealed play you’re presented with a variety of deck slots. Within these deck slots you get a number of booster packs, all of these booster packs are then opened to create your own deck with and progress through a unique Sealed Play Campaign. Sealed Play allows for a lot of variety, knowing that you’ll never get the same deck adds a lot of depth to the game and allows you to up your game by getting to know different cards.
There’s not a lot to be said about Duels of the Planeswalkers. It’s a video game TCG, and it’s a lot of fun. Granted not many people are into card games, but it’s a completely different experience and something worth trying if you’re taking a break from casting spells or shooting your foes. Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 is the fourth iteration in the series, and in a short time playing the game it’ll remind you why you love Magic: The Gathering.
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 is available now through Steam.