Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 4, 2013
    90
    One thing that really hasn’t changed since 2010 is how Duels presents itself. The UI and playing field have been spruced up with a few fancy animations here and there but it’s still mostly the same. In truth, this isn’t such a bad thing, though if Stainless wants its series to become something more than an adaptation they need to look into adding 3D models and new effects.
  2. Jun 28, 2013
    88
    It's not the real thing, but at ten dollars, it's an incredible value with a great selection of modes and plenty to unlock.
  3. Jul 31, 2013
    85
    Magic 2014 is definitely the best game so far in the franchise and it doesn't get any better than this. Whether you are a skilled player or a beginner you will certainly get some fun out of playing this.
  4. Jul 21, 2013
    85
    Well, there's definitely some progress. The game is more beautiful than its predecessor, online play has been improved and it's finally possible to create your own deck. It's not all silver and gold, though. There's a lot of screentearing and for reasons unknown it's impossible to trade cards with your friends. If you're no grouch, however, you should be able to look over this and enjoy this game.
  5. Jul 25, 2013
    82
    It is another step forward for the franchise, that will bring its fans the opportunity of enjoy this card-based game in a virtual way.
  6. 80
    DoTP has brilliant core gameplay and a near-perfect interface, but it's hampered by locked content, and not knowing what game it wants to be.
  7. Jul 4, 2013
    80
    Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers is yet another excellent addition to the series, but whether you buy it depends on two things. How invested you are into the series as a whole. Does the idea of the updated cards for 2014 mean that much too you? Or are you just someone who enjoys a casual go now and again. There other factor is if you are totally new to the game, if so, you may as well go for the latest version.
  8. Jul 11, 2013
    75
    Duels of the Planeswalkers isn't the full Magic experience. It's a taste of the broader landscape to entice players and make them more comfortable attending a casual Friday Night Magic event. If you're new to Magic: The Gathering, Duels of the Planeswalkers remains the best way to learn how to play without the intimidation of other players. Even with the online connection issues and additional purchases tied to making the most of Sealed mode, this is the best version to date. It's easy to recommend for new players just learning and veteran spellslingers looking for new single-player matches.
  9. 75
    Magic 2014 isn’t much of a sequel to Magic 2013 - more of an iteration – but it is more Magic, which is a good thing.
  10. Magic 2014 has a perfect UI system but its tutorials aren’t particularly gentle with Magic virgins. Veterans know what to expect, buy with confidence. [September 2013, p80]
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 4, 2013
    4
    Duels of the Planeswalkers would be something very big if they used all the potential that the physical Magic cards have.

    The developers
    should take a look to what other trading card games are doing.
    I'm thinking on Might and Magic Duel of Champions when I say this, because Magic is going to loose in the digital field if it doesn't take advantage of the potential that the game has with its existing physical cards.

    Free to play, expansions, tournaments, focused on online, prizes, and a flexible editor are just some ideas I'm missing since the very first Duels of the Planeswalkers and I was hoping that could change with the following editions, but now I see that, in my opinion, they are in the wrong direction.
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  2. Jul 28, 2013
    5
    Despite loving Magic the Gathering, my personality despises being taken advantage of. Although fun this version again is an advanced tutorial and therefore a slap in the face. I will say this game is certainly without question worth the asking price of $10 but I always beg the question why they don't just sell the same virtual cards as in the store for the same price or less and make it convenient for us ccg lovers to play the game online easier. What really irks me is if you spend time with this version you will realize just how lovely you are getting the shaft. Up front the package looks awesome but as you play you realize that every single mode is just a teaser tutorial and a roadblock to enjoying the game. Sealed play allows just the right amount of winning packs to top out into meaningless territory and cheats on top of that and campaign mode is very short and limited. Again, by the time you figure this out you can't disagree it was worth $10 but past that, meh. Full Review »
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    7
    Magic 2014 is yet again a learning tool for most people. It is user friendly and informative for those who are new to the game. The problem is that is does not lend itself to its target audience well, that being hardcore Magic players. The game still has failed to offer an open deck builder and the challenges have been dumbed down. Regardless of this, the game is at least presented well and for those who are not skilled spell casters will enjoy this. This however this may not be a good $9.99 purchase for those who have had issues with the past editions of the game. Full Review »