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Magicka is a tongue-in-cheek co-op fantasy game with action-RPG elements. Except: the only class is wizard, there is no quest management, no inventory, no stats and no mana bar.
To cast spells, you just combine different elements together (eight in total: Water, Lightning, Healing, Arcane, Fire, Earth, Shield, Frost) on the fly.
A hypothetical situation is this:
There's a troll following you around that regenerates quickly when he's not on fire. How do you beat him?
Super charge 5 earth elements and throw a hugely damaging rock attack at him until he dies?
Throw water on him to make him wet, then freeze him THEN hit him with a rock for even MORE damage?
Or maybe throw water on him, then hit him with a flaming lightning bolt to do a jolt of initial damage and light him on fire for a bit while you decide what to do next?
Decide that you don't want to get too close to him, so combine arcane and fire to create a sustained damage, longer range fire/arcane beam trained on him, doing progressively more damage?
There's four-person co-op, too. Which means any buddies could sub in and help out in any of the above tasks.
Though, given the game's ridiculous vibe, it's more than likely you and your buddies will kill each other in spectacularly surprising ways.
There's also a myriad of "for-real" spells like Haste or Revive that you can learn, which require very specific combinations of elements: everything from teleport to summon zombie to invisibility.
Given that there's no mana restriction, dying isn't really a big deal. You're two keys away from reviving someone.
" @Noodles: You could just play the demo? ^^ I preordered it and am now installing the game - Will be playing it for a little while in a bit - I liked the demo and am really liking the concept of it. "Demos are for babies! That and I'm on a Mac right now.
Im on level 3 out of 13 currently... i think anyway - maybe level 4...
Humour has been quite good but casting spells is already becoming a bit tedious - The game does however make you realise how much your characters work when you just press that *fire Ball* button in other rpgs xD...
It's good but just taxing after a while...
Haven't tried MP yet but you can skip a lot of mobs in SP - with no real loot and no xp etc there is little point to killing everything other than to see what does what.
It's a really good and fun game but I don't think it will have much holding power over me personally after 1 or 2 runs of it.
Just my opinion of course and this is based off about 60-90 minutes of gameplay
"no quest management, no inventory, no stats and no mana bar"I love action-RPGs, but that kinda puts me off a bit.... it's just that I love me some loot and inventory management to break the monotony of the usually generic combat of action-RPGs.
I'll be waiting for a quick-look (if there will ever be one...) before making up my mind ^^
" @MuttersomeTaxicab said:"no quest management, no inventory, no stats and no mana bar"I love action-RPGs, but that kinda puts me off a bit.... it's just that I love me some loot and inventory management to break the monotony of the usually generic combat of action-RPGs. I'll be waiting for a quick-look (if there will ever be one...) before making up my mind ^^ "
Oh, make no mistake, there is still some loot. You start with a basic staff and a basic sword that can be replaced over the course of the game. You're just limited to carrying one sword and one staff at one time. Also unfortunate is the fact that you can't seem to move back and forth between chapters, so if you leave a sword in one chapter, you can't really shlep back and get it.) That said, there seems to be a pretty solid progression of weapons as you go through the campaign, so it's not like you're going to find some uber powerful sword right out the gate.
What's more, finding those weapons is usually a reward for exploring/finding secret areas. Here's a partial list of what I've located so far:
Gram - Named after the sword Sigurd used to kill the dragon Fafnir in Norse mythology
Warhammer - located just outside "Gram's Workshop" (naturally, the sign in front of Gram's Workshop uses the Games Workshop font.)
Sword of the Master - Link's sword. Located in a field that totally looks ripped from the Legend of Zelda - shoots an arcane blast when you're at full health.
Staff of the White Wizard - Located just behind a wooden door when you just leave the tutorial area
As for the combat, this is about as far away as you can get from a Diablo or Torchlight click-fest. If you really really wanted to, I'm sure you could hypothetically just spam the same attack over and over and generally kludge through the game, but there's definitely something to be said for the spellcasting system, and if your normal method of getting through is spamming earth, you're going to be boned when you come up against something that has a high earth resistance or something.
Either way, there's a demo online. I'd say it's worth giving a shot, though I'd personally love to see a Quicklook.
" @ryanwho said:Depends on your monitor. I'm using 1920x1080." I hate to be that guy but the backgrounds look prerendered? What is the max resolution for this game? "Don't feel bad, I thought they were prerendered as well. They're not though! Max resolution for this game is 1600x1200. "
The achievements for this game are awesome:
Here you have an insight of what the game looks like from Kotaku.
1: It's Freezing
What is technically possible: Deploying a close-range blast of ice to freeze a massive monster in its tracks, allowing one of your friends to quickly throw a rock at the frozen creature to shatter it into a thousand pieces.
What you will do: Deploy a blast of ice to freeze a massive monster in its tracks, allowing one of your friends to fling an unnecessarily large stone at it, only to miss and hit you instead, crushing your frail sorcerer instantly and sending your corpse bouncing clean out of the level. The monster unfreezes, turns and begins chasing your friend around in a Benny Hill style.
2: My Protector
What is technically possible: Using shield elements with the "area of effect" casting button creates a glittering, impenetrable dome, with plenty of room for the whole team. Need some time to heal? Not sure what to do next? Swamped by goblins? Just throw up a shield and huddle together to discuss your next move.
What you will do: Yell something vague over teamspeak like "GUYS, ME, BUBBLE," and cast your shield spell with none of your team-mates actually inside it. With no small amount of horror you'll realise that you did manage to trap a couple of goblins inside with you, though, meaning you need to get out now. Your mind races- what breaks a shield? What's the most powerful spell you have? Of course! The arcane beam! You charge a real murder-mother of a beam as the goblins bear down on you, release it and… remember that arcane and shield are opposed elements. The beam ricochets cleanly off the inside of your dome, bounces four or five times and finally collides with you, popping your flesh and mind open like a bag of crisps. In time the dome sputters and fades of its own accord, and the two goblins within join the mob attacking your friends.
What is technically possible: Get your whole team to cast spells of water protection on themselves, summon a rainstorm, and blast the bejeezus out of your wettened enemies with lightning blasts while you guys remain toasty dry.
What you will do: The one of you responsible for the complex rainstorm spell screws up the casting and gets a sort of riot-hose effect instead. Another of you screws up the water protection spell, gets splashed by the hose and all the lightning elements he was charging get shunted through his body for massive damage.
4: Lightsaber Sucking Blues
What is technically possible: Infusing your sword with arcane energy leaves it causing so much damage with such a bright trail that it might as well be a lightsaber.
What you will do: Remembering this, you'll flood your sword with arcane energy, go sprinting up to the troll that's been terrorising your group and, with a child's innocence, watch as the troll slaps you with its cleaver for 5,000 damage before you could even press the attack button. You're a wizard, not a jedi. Idiot.
5: Don't Cross The Streams
What is technically possible: Mixing anything with arcane and then casting it as a projectile creates a tremendous beam of energy. If more than one of you cast these beams and then angle the beams into one another, the beams will become one and damage will be magnified immensely, allowing for the meticulous wholesale slaughter of monsters.
What you will do: Two people from your team will do exactly this. A third member of the team will see what they're doing and fling a beam of his own into the mix. Amazing! Trembling with excitement, the fourth member of the team will forget the healing spell he was charging and start charging arcane so he can get involved too, neatly forgetting what happens when beams of opposing elements mix. The fourth player's forgotten healing element infiltrates the choreographed death ray like a murderer creeping in through an unlocked window, causing an epic explosion that kills the entire team instantly.
EDIT:I'm terribly sorry, turns out this article originated from Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
Forgive my lack of reading skills.
Really fun game with an awesome premise. Making spells is a interesting idea and is fun. My main problem are the controls, which are pretty bad in my opinion. I don't like the drag left click to move (why not just use standard right click like every other game like this?). Also, I sometimes feel like there's too much to manage with having to consider not only what elements to pick but then remember what button you want to use (right click, middle or shift+right) is tough to do in the heat of things. Regardless though, it's a neat idea and they did a good job with it.
I wish I could try multiplayer though, as that has a lot of potential.
" Really fun game with an awesome premise. Making spells is a interesting idea and is fun. My main problem are the controls, which are pretty bad in my opinion. I don't like the drag left click to move (why not just use standard right click like every other game like this?). Also, I sometimes feel like there's too much to manage with having to consider not only what elements to pick but then remember what button you want to use (right click, middle or shift+right) is tough to do in the heat of things. Regardless though, it's a neat idea and they did a good job with it. I wish I could try multiplayer though, as that has a lot of potential. "I had similar issues with the controls. Some spells I launch with the right mouse button, some I launch with the middle, some I have to hold shift, and all of them I have to hit multiple arbitrary keys to prepare? It's a neat idea but actually playing it felt really clumsy.
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