For this week's Game Night, the trio take their staff and sword in hand to jump into the Open Beta for Magicka: Wizard Wars from Paradox Interactive. Highlights include an absolutely catastrophic start, the team discovering the joys of fire, discussing the reasoning behind "Marlin", and all three of them doing the worst impressions ever performed.
Platform: PC (Steam Early Access, F2P)
Developer: Paradox North
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Every game and their mum seems hell-bent on becoming a MOBA these days, and I must admit to loosing an exasperated howl when I heard that Magicka was headed down the same road. "Oh not again," I said to no-one in particular, vaguely in the direction of my cat. "We've already got League Of Legends and DOTA 2. Why does it actually need to be a genre?!" My cat seemed even less interested than I was.
However, now I've played Magicka: Wizard Wars, I can report that it's shaping up to be surprisingly brilliant.
See, the original Magicka is actually quite a good fit for a team-based arena multiplayer game. Your robed warlock walks around the battlefield in traditional clicky fashion, capturing control points and slashing with their melee weapon at imps and opponents, but the radical spell combination system allows you to concoct ridiculous cocktails of devastating abilities out of numerous elements. Flaming death beams? Freezing rocks? Water blasts that soak then shock your foes? Defensive domes or reflective shields? You'll create your own abilities on the fly... then loose them at both friend and foe with hilarious results.
Or just gleefully run around setting your friends on fire - if some of the trolls are anything to go by. Either way, it's utterly ridiculous in a very promising way.Click here to read more...
Magicka's 4v4 multiplayer spin-off has received its first gameplay trailer, which shows off a tiny portion of the hundreds of elemental spells on offer.
You'll have to sit through plenty of CGI before you get there, mind. Magicka: Wizard Wars is slated to release this "winter."Click here to read more...