Friday, September 23, 2011

Do You Believe In Magic?

Gameplay - 9/10
Storyline - 7/10
Graphics - 6/10
Game Score : 22/30




I wonder how many of you out there remember this song? Well sorry to disappoint, but that's not what we are here for today; today we look at Magicka. Magicka is an action-adventure video game based on Norse mythology and developed by independent developer Arrowhead Game Studios. It was released via Steam for Microsoft Windows on January 25, 2011. A free demo was also made available for download. The game was developed by eight students at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå, Sweden and sold over 200,000 copies in its first 17 days on sale.




In Magicka, four mages of a sacred order travel to fight against an evil sorcerer and his creations. The game world is based loosely on Norse mythology, drawing inspiration from other fantasy games like Warhammer and Diablo, and features in-game references to various other media titles including Star Wars, Star Trek, World of Warcraft, Neverwinter Nights, 300, Lord of the Rings, The Colour of Magic, Castlevania, Highlander, Platoon, Indiana Jones, Tron: Legacy, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Its achievements provide further references to Fullmetal Alchemist, South Park, Unreal Tournament, Harry Potter, and Metal Gear. The game also takes liberties when it comes to the classic fantasy setting, at one point supplying the players with an M60 machine gun, which the game itself notes to be "far too advanced to be part of a fantasy game".


The beautiful thing about this game is the immense simplicity, replay ability and versatility of its combat system. When casting a spell composed of multiple elements, there is a set hierarchy which determines the type of the spell cast. Shields take precedence over projectiles, which take precedence over beams, which take precedence over sprays. The order in which the component elements of a spell are summoned has no effect on the type or power of the spell, and does not matter, except when attempting to cast a "Magick" as opposed to a regular spell. The potential for experimentation  is limitless and will surely lead to hours upon hours of game-play fun. Be sure to experiment and find out the spell combinations that work best for your play-style. To try out a free demo version of this game go to http://store.steampowered.com/app/42910/ to download and install steam and download the demo trial version.



6 comments

AL
September 23, 2011 at 11:04 PM

looks to be a game lenny would like. Is there anyway your viewers will be able to get the demo?

September 23, 2011 at 11:08 PM

good question. ill add that in the blog right now

AL
September 23, 2011 at 11:11 PM

No problem bro

Neesy
September 23, 2011 at 11:18 PM

looks like a game i would play too seems fun and i swore before vlad even appeared i thhought he was a vampire and fyi i do think he is a vampire. kool.

September 24, 2011 at 3:13 AM

lol i share tht thought tht he is a vampire as well

September 26, 2011 at 11:06 PM

poll on Do You Believe In Magic?? ended with 2 votes for yes and 2 votes for no

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