Friday, August 06, 2010

Video game number two hundred and twenty four: Magic the Gathering

Video game review number two hundred and twenty four in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "Magic the Gathering"

While I've never been into Magic the Gathering, I have been aware of it for more than a decade now. I've known people that have decks, I've seen people play it at down at the Seattle Wizards of the Coast store in the U-District, and I even played a game of it myself once. This girl I knew was a big fan of it, and she tried to teach me to play on her living room floor. I didn't really understand why it was fun, but I understood the basic concept of the game...and I was able to figure it out.

The same can not be said for the video game version.

I played through the tutorial of this, and received what I thought was enough education to begin a game against a computer opponent. Unfortunately, I was unable to figure out how to play my cards (there is some very basic element of the controls I have trouble with...and I couldn't do anything). The computer was able to play offense and defense cards, and for some reason...I couldn't figure out how to use mine. I know I was doing something wrong, so I took the tutorial again.

That's the first time I've ever had to take a tutorial twice, and when I was done, I still hadn't figured out what I was missing. Luckily for me, the game offers a "mentor" option in the online mode, where you can ask someone for help. I tried to join some of the mentor games, but no one wanted to play I started a one on one, and thought I'd ask my opponent for tips.

I'm not sure if my opponent spoke english or not (they had a mic, and thanked me for the game afterwards)...but they soundly beat me and I don't think I ever got a hit in. Again, there's something major I'm missing about this one.

Overall Score? Right's a 0/10. I literally can not figure out how to play this in even the most basic way. I'm going to try and ask a few friends who play this one regularly to help me out...and I'll come back to it after they have.

Achievements? I haven't been able to earn even the most basic ones yet...but I'll update when I do.

Updated 1-13-2011

I'm putting together the massive amounts of review data from this project to make some nice charts, and when re-reading this review, I realized I'd never come back to update it. I actually did manage to get an achievement, about ten days after I originally posted this review. I remember exactly how I did it too....I had a co-worker who was really familiar with the game come watch me play a round, and guide me through the right cards to pick and play at every turn. I won my first match (against what he said was a really easy computer opponent). I still didn't understand what the hell was going on, but I finally got my stupid achievement, and I never played this awful game again.

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