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Extremely fun and addictive gameplay,
This review is from: Magicka Ultimate Pack [Download] (Software Download)
I was completely out of the loop when Magicka was originally released about a year ago. I guess that was a good thing at the time because it was released in a somewhat buggy state. As of now (February 2012), I am having more fun in this game than I thought I ever would. Magicka is a top-down (3/4 perspective) action RPG game. Unlike most RPG games, there is very little in the way of character creation other than selecting what robe your character wears. Their choice of wardrobe determines what staff/weapon they carry and that can have a bearing on what elements they are vulnerable or resistant to.
The game has tons of pop-culture references and the dialogue spoken by the NPC's is a mixture of Swedish and Gibberish that sounds pretty funny if you ask me.
Movement consists of left-clicking where you want your character to move to while you use the q-w-e-r and a-s-d-f keys to cast your spells. Spells can be cast in four different ways: 1. Cast on your sword/weapon to enchant it with the selected spell. 2. Cast on yourself 3. Cast as an Area-of-Effect (AOE) spell towards your front only 4. Cast as an AOE spell surrounding you.
The elements (water, life, shield, cold, lightning, arcane, earth, fire) can be mixed and matched. There are also two hidden elements (ice - mix cold and water, and steam - mix water and fire). Stacking elements causes spells to become bigger/more powerful, and also causes your character to move slower when you have multiple elements queued up.
There also exist special spells called Magicks. These spells are found in spell books and once learned require the space bar to cast. They include Haste (makes you run fast), Teleport (duh), and Lightning Bolt (a devastating spell that kills nearly anything in game in one or two hits). There are nearly 30 of these special Magicks in the game.
Modes in the game include Adventure, PVP, and Challenge. Any of these modes (besides PVP) can be played in single-player and multi-player. That is where the real fun comes in. Playing a multi-player game is absolutely mind-blowingly fun. Your spells will hurt/damage/destroy the enemy as well as you, your team-mates, and any NPC's in the game. Casting the wrong spell at the wrong time WILL result in a laughter-inducing death to you or your team-mates.
Just watch the myriad of Youtube videos out there and you'll see how many people have a blast playing the game.
One word on multi-player: Match-making can be a bit of a pain sometimes. The best way to do a multi-player game is to Host one and then invite friends from Steam (Steam activation is required) to play with you.
BTW add me (RTR)MSgt. USMC3531 if you want to play sometime. I usually play from 10 - 12 pm Eastern.