Throw on your hoods, grab a sword, lock and load your staff its killing time. Paradox Interactive and Arrow Head Game Studios gives us Magicka a RPG that is not your typical RPG, well really it’s not a RPG, kind of. From the get go the game is fun to play, the story line is not hard to follow it is really simple does not have much to think about, you get very few quest, dont really get money, and all you have is your sword, staff, and robe. Based on Norse mythology you start your journey in Midgård, an evil sorcerer has started to mess things up in the world and it’s your job to stop him. In your travels you come across smart ass villagers, murderous goblins, massive trolls, giant snakes, and other ginormous enemies. You work your way through 13 levels of blood and guts, killing everything that looks at you wrong, to eventually save the day. The story is not strong but the gameplay is something I have fallen in love with.
The main feature of this game is the ability to combine different elements and using them against your foes. For example, (pulls out staff) we will start with; 1 part arcane magic and 4 parts electricity and we have a blast coming out of us that would rival a super saiyan, any day of the week, in your face Vageta. Well aimed, this shot makes pudding out of goblins. Or if you want to mix it up, add fire, rock, and your guard button, now you have 5 little volcanoes protecting you. Magic is your best friend and will save your butt in the middle of a battle, well its the only way to really survive, get those combos down fast. I have not played a game where it is that easy to cast spells and have so many different effects as in this title. Through out your travels, staffs and swords become available by finding them in hidden parts of the level. New combos are unlocked when you find books that are, of course, hidden and hard to find. But when you do find those books the combinations can be disastrous or a blessing, for example: when trying to heal your buddy and missing, a ball of healing magic is shot at the boss, thus regenerating all the health you drained out of him for the last 5 minutes. When properly casting, charging up a kamehameha and making 10 ugly little green bastards explode from your elemental blast ends your issue with the baddies. I did forget to mention that even though there is a health bar you have unlimited mana, which lets you just walk around……. “Like a boss”. You’re able to play with up to 4 other players and even enter PvP battles with them. I suggest you get this game along with a few other friends and co-op this one because some boss battles don’t BS around.
Visually the game is that off of an arcade, which I enjoyed. I love how the spells look when cast and the baddies popping like balloons. The bosses and the level layouts are great. Along with the visuals movement is a breeze. Controls are very simple if you’re using either the Xbox 360 controller or the keyboard. I highly recommend using the keyboard because you’re able to hit the combos of elements moderately faster than using the right stick on your pad. Movements are very simple, just point and click or use the right stick on your controller, not too hard, for some.
This game is a blast for the price. I enjoyed it and played it well into the night. Great controls, awesome gameplay, funny story line, and visually pleasing. Catch it on Steam for $9.99; it’s a barging price for a game that I would pay $20 bucks for. Get to it now, lock and load its killing time.