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#1 Edited by Tshirt (19 posts) -

So like most trading card games it sucked me in straight away and with the 'evolution' system that was just the icing on the cake for me.

Does anyone else here play? What are your thoughts? Does it differ enough from other card games.or for you need the tactical gameplay of something like Magic rather than the straight numbers of Rage to keep you interested?

If anyone else is interested in playing then the game is on the android and ios stores. Complete the tutorial then punch in this referral code for a nice starting bonus. [Referral code deleted by mod -- no advertising/spamming, please.]

#2 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -

Possibility? I'd love to see a new one at some point

#3 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -

You wake up to the smell of smoke, your house is on fire and very soon your only escape route downstairs will be compeltely blocked off by the flames, you're no aware of this but you know you don't have much time. You've been sleeping naked, you live in a downtown area, it's always very busy outside and your front door goes right out onto the highstreet. Your clothes are all away in drawers.


Are you so self concious that you need to get dressed before running out of your house? 

#4 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -

I've been playing RTS games for a long time, from Cannon Fodder and Megalomania on the megadrive, Warcraft 1 & 2 on the playstation to Starcraft, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War 1 & 2 on the PC and I've consistently enjoyed playing them but for some reason this is the only genre of game that no matter how much I play I never seem to get any good at.

I always felt that the best way to get good at games is to jump straight into the online rather than get into bad habits by playing AI, especially if you're playing on an easier setting. The problem I have is that I get intimidated playing anything online if I feel that my gameplay is not average at best and this creates a bit of a catch 22 for me.

The biggest problem I find with the RTS genre online is that you're either in a small team or 1v1, this either gives or one or two players who are counting on you to pull your own weight or putting you in a head to head situation which, again, is very intimidating when you have no online experience.

I've probably already  dug myself into a pit of bad habits, turtling, not learning effective counters or build orders, knowing when fights are lost when to retreat or how to control large groups of units other than selecting all and telling them to attack 1 target.

Other genres, FPS for example, are much easier to get into, you can blend in with a large group of other players where your failings can go largely unnoticed while you learn the ropes, or take Turn based games such as Civilisation, there you have time to plan out strategies, levelling the playing field somewhat.

Maybe it's just not meant to be, I've always been a one track mind person, in an FPS I only have to worry about what I can see, not what my 50 units who are scattered across the map can see. I can put my twitch reactions to better use in an FPS and have a lot less to worry about at any one time.

I have a huge amount of respect to anyone that can play RTS games at a high level of skill, you have so much to think about and very little time to react to situations. For now I'll resign my self to playing medium skill AI alone or with some friends and leave the online to others.

#5 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -

Quicklook is up and now seems the right time to talk about this game.

Never before have I had so much patience for a game than for Magicka, my friends and I have been attempting to play some 4-player coop since launch, we've played the first chapter probably about 15+ times trying to get through it without one or more of us crashing to desktop, lagging out, getting stuck under the map or some other game breaking bug and yet we still have a massive amount of fun for the 20 minutes at a time we can get all 4 of us together.

Then we learnt the mechanics. This game is a prime example of a game that loses a lot of its fun once you learn how to play properly, you know all the combinations and fights devolve into 'combine beams and destroy everything in seconds because there's no point in using anything else.'

Don't get me wrong, the references are great, the humour is fantastic, the voicework is hilarious and the innovation this game makes with the spells is a refreshing change from the same old games and their sequels that have been released recently.

The first 5 or so hours of gameplay are some of the most fun I've had in a long time, dropping a meteor shower for the first time, laying landmines and blowing a teammate right off the map, combining opposing beams and gibbing yourself and everyone around you for massive damage, dropping a shield around your team and causing their beam to bounce back and kill you all, all these things are great fun the first few times.

It may sound weird but we were having more fun when the game was broken, we didn't care about finishing the levels because we knew that we wouldn't make it to the end so we just sat around experimenting with spells for a while and moving on to the next area every 5 - 10 minutes. Now that the game is fairly stable and we can reach the end reliably enough it just feels like we're wasting time if we're not making it through as efficiently as possible. It starts getting frustrating when a teammate blows you up because they should know what spell they have stored and how to use it safely, you realise that you can finish any situation with haste and beam spells, using anything else is simply slower and more dangerous.

Perhaps it's just me, when playing with friends I much prefer a game when it's new, when we're all learning the mechanics together and having a blast while doing it, the second the game gives me an objective I get serious and do my best to do it as quickly and as efficiently as possible and that just doesn't translate well to this game.

I won't get too much into the challenge mode, I haven't played a lot of it online but it seems to be very similar to the Last Stand mode from Dawn of War 2, perhaps that would be much more suited to my playstyle, I can play to the best of my ability and be rewarded by achieving the highest score I possibly can.


All in all, this game is great, the whole concept of having almost every spell available from the start is amazing if a little flawed in that there are very few combinations actually worth using. The game is solid when playing singleplayer but  the multiplayer is where it really shines broken or not. With no join-in-progress option the crashes can be frustrating but i'm confident that the online will be fixed soon enough. The references, while fun at times sometimes feel very forced, as if random encounters were just squeezed inbetween actual story parts just to fit a reference that they wanted to add.


That felt like a poor end to this post so I added this sentence.

#6 Edited by Tshirt (19 posts) -
@Bigandtasty said:

" I too have noticed that early JRPG bosses have a tendency to kick my ass more often than later ones (Tales of Vesperia's Gattuso and Skies of Arcadia's Executioner are some significant examples). In some cases I also feel like the game gets easy in the midgame, then ramps up at the end.  To be fair, I think this is also the case for some WRPGs, especially those with scaling elements. In Mass Effect 2, I felt like a beast from levels 16-24 or so, even on Insanity. As I passed that point, though, the scaling got pretty nuts and by the time I was level 30 I could die to normal enemies if I wasn't careful. "

I played the mass effects as an infiltrator and you're right there, once I got that anti-matieral rifle and maxed out the Assassin cloak I was taking most sutff out in one shot, the difference is in a game like Mass Effect is that the battles can get harder just by swarming you with more enemies from different angles whereas a JRPg has static fights with a limited amount of enemies which limits the difficulty somewhat. 
#7 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -
@Kjellm87 said:
" I agree, RPGs at least feels more diffcult until you get the heavy hitters, however it usually get more and more complex which makes up for it I suppose, more multi-taking "
Maybe that's it, perhaps it just feels harder early on because you don't understand the nuances of the game and then, during the late stages of the game, the difficulty gets masked by your own skill.
#8 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" Maybe the point is that when you start off you are inexperienced and you grow as the game progresses. You gain more skills and you become more of a badass. You should feel some accomplishment in the game getting a little bit less harrowing. Or maybe the game just isn't balanced as well as it should be. Whatever. And losing your abilities over time would suck. -__- "

Sure, I can understand that. I just feel that by the end fights devolve into casting your ultra spell and wiping out everything on screen, it gets to a point where the encounters last for less time than the loading screens getting in and out of battle.

This is just a personal feeling but it just seems to get to a point where the fights are just time sinks and are no challenge whatsoever.

#9 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -

I've been watching the Persona 4 Endurance run (again) and something the guys mention during Yukiko's shadow really got me thinking. Basically, Vinny talks about how he's read that this boss is the hardest in the game and he thinks that this could be because of your lack of options at that point in the game, this got me thinking.

Now I'm a big fan of JRPG's, I've played a lot from a variety of different franchises and not all of them suffer from this but I've found that as the game goes on they generally get easier rather than harder, take Persona 4 for example. throughout the game there are enemies which will take your party down to low health very quickly, early on, supposedly the easier part of the game, you have very few options, you can cast Dia on everyone for ~50 hp a piece but  later in the game that is no problem, you cast a Mediarahan and everyone is instantly topped off, doesn't this seem backward? Why in the 'easier'  half of the game are you finding it harder to stay alive than at the end?

Of course as the game goes on you level up, get higher S.Links and aquire more powerful personas though you'd think the enemies would scale that much quicker than you to compensate but they generally don't, instead you get more options with buffs, status effects, personas and items than you'd ever have early on.

I find that an early boss is usually the hardest in the game for exactly this reason, ever play Suikoden 1? That zombie dragon you meet right before you get your castle is one of the toughest early bosses I can think of and lack of options is exactly the reason, you get 2 new party members which you're forced to use that are fairly useless and you're too early in the game to have access to any significant rune powers to help you out.

Maybe it's just me, maybe this genre just doens't need to follow the standard difficulty curve to be enjoyable, for me personally I play JRPG's for the story and fighting can sometimes just get in the way of that so making it easier as I go can be a blessing. Maybe people really enjoy just feeling how powerful their characters are by the end and simply expect to roll through enemies.

Maybe a controversial idea but what would you think about a game that started you off with the most powerful spells and equipment and as you went you slowly got weakened as the enemies did to keep strategy a priority instead of relying on your Knights of the Round x4 to win every fight for you?


Like I glazed over earlier, this doesn't apply to all games, and it certainly doesn't diminish any enjoyment I get out of these games, just a thought I was having.



#10 Posted by Tshirt (19 posts) -

@BigLemon:

You'd be surprised, a lot of stuff I sign up for hasn't had Tshirt taken.

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