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  • Summary: Available on the Android platform for the first time ever in addition to iPad, Xbox LIVE Arcade, Steam and PlayStation Network, Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers will offer players exciting new features as they partner with Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar to track down a manipulative and dangerous Planeswalker foe. An immersive storyline and strong integration with the Magic 2014 - Core Set ties the experience together for players, culminating in an end-of-summer Magic Celebration that brings all Magic fans together in stores across the world. Collapse
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  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 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 29, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. um jogo fantástico, ótimos gráficos, contexto coerente, e o melhor de tudo que vem em varias línguas, inclusive o português, que nesta edição, os criadores mostraram que estavam atentos aos desejos dos jogadores, o preço esta muito bom...o que incomoda e as DCL'S (São adições aos jogos, como mapas, trajes, cenários, etc, que os desenvolvedores podem disponibilizar para download nos sites dos jogos) que são muitas...aqueles que tem versões mais antigas, pode pensar que não compensa comprar, mas eu digo, vale sim muito a pena. Expand
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    10
    Miła gra prawie zastępuje prawdziwe karty z kolejną odsłoną dojrzewa minus za coraz prostsze wyzwania i IO też wydaje mi się bardziej przewidywalna czyżby ustawione pod publiczkę Expand
  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. Expand
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2014
    5
    The Good: Very good game and the user experience (at least the expected) is awesome! The Bad: I have found a lot of glitches and QA issues that they obviously are not testing for or simply are not funded enough to do so. The primary issues are...
    1) Randomly get kicked and told my connection was lost, but this does not show a loss of connection in other computers, devices in the house. They need to store data locally and wait if any issues like this.
    2) Cards are randomized many times in patterns/groups rather than a true randomizer. I have seen many times the same groupings and what is worst, when these are all land. Maybe a feature to let us "shuffle" our own decks.
    3) Other glitches that are only bad for the user experience and not that often. This is likely because of a cross device platform code and not native?

    Summary:

    I would rate this game to be in need of work, by testing more for edge case issues and improve on the base structure before releasing new sets asking for more money. I think if those were fixed, I would have taken this to a 9 - 9.5 if not a 10.
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  6. 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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