Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 - Xbox One

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05 November 2014

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Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 on the Xbox One was developed by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) and later published online by Microsoft Game Studios. We picked up a copy of the title for our Xbox One in order to see how it fared versus playing the paper and playing mat version. We found our time spent with the game to be interesting, mired in some difficulties while prevailing in other areas.  Keep on reading to see if you need to start your virtual collection!

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Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 on the Xbox One was developed by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) and later published online by Microsoft Game Studios. We picked up a copy of the title for our Xbox One in order to see how it fared versus playing the paper and playing mat version. We found our time spent with the game to be interesting, mired in some difficulties while prevailing in other areas.

Keep on reading to see if you need to start your virtual collection!

Magic The Gathering has been around longer than any one of its fans would like to admit. The long lasting card game set the table for all of the big TCG’s that followed in its footsteps. Never an overbearing fad, Magic has existed as a slow burning hobby relegated to the passionate and the nerdy alike. Over the past couple of decades we have seen Wizards of the Coast try to adapt their game for the console market place and they have done so with middling success. Some work has been done well on the PC but now it seems like we finally have a Magic title to believe in.

In full disclosure we have to admit that it has been years since we have played competitive Magic: The Gathering. While it is a tired stereotype, collecting and battling cards seems an easier hobby to perfect while still in high school or college. The truth is, as well, that MTG is a very competitive and consuming hobby. With new editions being released almost annually and a playerbase that excels at just about everything related to the game, competition is fierce and you can’t really just dip your toes in - not enjoyable, anyway.

So a digital release, one that we could play at our own tempo, looked like it would be the perfect fit. We wanted to play the game, learn it again, and get competitive without being ridiculed by unemployed 14 year olds at the local game shop. So enter Planeswalkers 2015. Released initially a few years back on the Xbox 360, the XB1 port gave us current gen gamers the perfect chance to get into the game and get used to the title.

So for the uninitiated Magic: The Gathering is all about beating the crap out of your opponent with an array of special cards that combine spells, artifacts, and nifty creatures. You play as a 'Planeswalker' and your library of cards are your weapons. In real life you can play in large groups for hectic and confusing action but in Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 most of the action is relegating to simple 1 v 1 action. The goal of the game is to beat the snot out of your opponent until their life points hit zero.

Upon first starting the game you will be hit with a relatively simple tutorial that is meant to introduce you to the basics of what you will be doing in the card game. You will learn how to operate as a Planeswalker by learning the essential rules of the game. You will be taught how to combo cards, stack monsters, play spells, and get your opponents LP down in no time. The intro tutorial is full of direction and good information and it is a great way to get re introduced to the game if you have taken a break. Newbs will find that tutorial equally compelling though slightly more confusing.

After you have completed the introduction you will head off to the campaign mode. In the campaign mode you get to pick a specific deck type to work out with and then you push through the storyline in order to earn more cards, more acclaim, and more knowledge of the game. While Magic: The Gathering has a deep and complex history, full of entertaining characters and creatures, you won’t really find yourself excited with the actual story in the game. In short, the storyline is not very memorable and serves merely to push you to your next battle.

The campaign mode will serve as a good tune up for competitive play once you get online with other real human players. You will play many different Planeswalkers in the campaign and most of them have no problem kicking your butt if you aren’t on top of your game. Jace, in particular, caused us a ton of problems as it took us at least 10 times in order to beat him. Whether we were that bad or he just had better draws, we can’t know for sure.

The grind itself is necessary if you want to unlock enough cards to become competitive in the online realm. While you have the premade decks on hand, and they work against the AI offline, you will need to be far trickier than that if you want to succeed against humans. If you don’t want to spend time grinding and don’t mind spending some money on your hobby you can shell out some dough for card collection packs. While the base game itself is only £10 you can quickly add on anywhere from £5 to £25 for boosters and extra decks to work with.

The only other game mode that you will run into is the multiplayer online mode. In online multiplayer you will be matched up with other 'Planeswalkers' in fast paced 1 v 1 action. You can also play with a partner on your side for 2 v 2 battles. The online mode works like a charm as you can seamlessly hook up to different battlers all over the globe. This is a great way to get your frustration level up, however, as many of the people you will be playing against are seasoned veterans and they know how to work their opponents.

One of the biggest issues that gamers had with the last MTG digital release was the fact that you couldn’t unlock cards in the game. That changed with Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 and that is the best news that there is.

With a cheap base purchase and frugal ways to excel, this is a must own for Magic: The Gathering Fans.

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