I think at some point in your childhood, or later life, you'll inevitably come across Magic The Gathering, whether it's the cards or the new games that are cropping up. As a result I thought I'd sit down at the Q&A for the sequel of Duels Of The Planeswalkers, in order to gather a few facts for all you Magic fans out there!
Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012's packed full of content, most of which has been included from fan feedback based on the source material as well as the original game. In essence the developers wanted to provide you with the experience of playing paper magic only on a console or a desktop and it's a good way of getting back into the game if you abandoned it years ago.Basically, you'll be able to have a table play experience without having to venture out of your own living room.
It's important to perceive this instalment of the series as a brand new game, the characters have new decks, so you can't duel using old decks from the previous game, however the most popular decks from Duels Of The Planeswalkers have been pimped out this time round. Luckily though the decks have been balanced, so you won't come across one that's more powerful than all the others. The only deck that I saw belonged to Guideon, who uses a primarily white deck, and it seemed to fair pretty well.
The number of play tables has been reduced from the previous game, mainly because players commented that they ended up only using about one table, so the developers thought it would be better to have one kick ass table rather than having several mediocre ones! The menus have also been improved in an effort to get you into the game as quickly as possible, rather than having you mess around for hours on end.
The arch enemy mode is meant to be the best of the bunch and the AI across the board has had a massive jump in quality, so you can expect some fairly intense battles that'll pose a real challenge during the single player sections of the game.
Should you get stuck, or if you're a first time Magic player, there's a hint system that'll help you to learn how things work, so you shouldn't worry about being obliterated by more experienced players when you break free of the single player and venture online.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game support full multiplayer, as well as local and online co-op, so you can see if you've got the skill to defeat your friends or stand up to a true Magic aficionado online.
There are no confirmed plans for any DLC at the moment, but that's not to say you won't be able to add a few extra cards, or indeed decks, to your hand in the future.
If you're a Magic The Gathering fan then you'll probably end up investing in this title, but if you're just a casual fan or maybe a first timer who wants to check the game out without having to purchase a ridiculous number of cards, then you might want to wait until the price drops down a little bit.
Magic The Gathering Duels Of The Planeswalkers 2012's out on 15th June for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC via Steam.