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Funny, and unique magic system,
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I picked this up the other day, not really knowing a thing about it except it looked interesting from the screenshots. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a very fun, and hilarious game.
The magic system has a unique mapping system where you have 5 slots to put 1 of 8 spell elements into each, and depending on the combination that you use, you get an offensive or defensive spell based on your choices. You can cast this spell either at yourself, at your enemies (as a beam/wall/fireball etc), or as an aoe spell. A lot of the fun in the game is finding combinations that work better for the situation you're in. Sometimes an arcane-lightning-steam bolt will clear a line of enemies charging at you. Other times you need to replace one of the elements with ice/water, or you can turn the spell into an AOE spell to clear everything around you.. etc etc.. There's also the magicka spells, which are combinations that do yet another type of spell when you hit the space bar after queuing up your spell. These are specific combinations that you learn from books lying around in (sometimes) hidden areas, and usually are more powerful than a regular spell.
The humor is very gamer/movie culture humor and it pulls it off perfectly. I loved the references. Some are more subtle than others, so everyone will find at least some of them. The voice acting brings some of the humor since the text that you are reading is english, but they have this funny gibberish language they are speaking.
The only downside to this game is the (lack of?) multiplayer. They obviously made some of the encounters with multiplayer in mind (without spoiling anything, one of the final bosses took me 30-45 mins of retrying since I was solo, but it made a great challenge), and npcs are constantly referring to you as "wizards". The multiplayer supposedly works if you are on a LAN, but I couldn't get a game to start with any of my friends over the 'net. From what I know, they are currently working out some bugs on it, and this didn't detract any of the fun from the game for me.
UPDATE: They've fixed all the issues I was having initially with multiplayer and it works great now!
I had more fun and game time in this one than a lot of 50-60$ games, so it's well worth the money spent.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2011 8:26:18 PM PDT
Joseph Fletcher says:
The multiplayer is tricky, but fully functional. One person has to create the game and invite others to join the game. My friends and I do it all the time. Just bring up the steam overlay after you've created the game, hit the drop-down menu by your friend's name in the friend list, and click invite to game. Works every time.
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