Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 24, 2013
    Probably the best place for anyone to jump into Magic for the first time and is great value for money for its breadth of gameplay and content.
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    We recommend the purchase of Magic The Gathering 2014 especially to those who have always wanted to explore the world of Magic, but have never had friends ready to teach them the basics.
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    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.
  4. Jul 26, 2013
    While it remains the best entry for new gamers into the world of Magic: The Gathering and it finally introduces us to sealed decks and custom builds, the hardcore fans of the series will probably be a little disappointed by the restrictions put on them and on the amount of basic content available.
  5. Jul 16, 2013
    Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers represents both significant value, and an excellent introduction into the collectible card game.
  6. Jul 29, 2013
    Incredibly deep. [Sept 2013, p.71]
  7. Jul 19, 2013
    Magic: The Gathering is a fantastic card game, long standing and one of the best. But these games are little more than a enjoyable advertisement for the paper game or Magic Online. So much so that there are obtrusive ads in the game about buying boxes of paper cards and joining the local Magic community.
  8. Sep 16, 2013
    Magic: Duels of Planeswalker 2014 is not a bad game, but it isn't the full Magic-experience either. Real innovations are missing and even the new Sealed-mode is a nice idea, but not very well implemented.
  9. Jun 29, 2013
    I love the varying challenges this version throws at us and hope to be playing Magic 2015 in a year’s time.
  10. Jul 15, 2013
    Step by step, Duels of the Planeswalkers becomes better and better with every edition. The addition of a bit more of deck-building in this 2014 release is a solid step towards a full-fledged Magic: The Gathering experience.
  11. Jul 3, 2013
    Magic 2014 is the jewel in the Stainless Games crown, and a shining example of the rewards of iterative development.
  12. Jul 9, 2013
    Magic 2014 is a good example of a franchise that keeps improving and adding new challenges and experiences, although its own nature hasn't allowed the developer to make a significant gameplay advance.
  13. Jul 11, 2013
    Now, I don’t want to ever tell you to “buy a game” or “not buy a game” – that’s up to you. But if you like Magic: The Gathering, if you like strategy games, if you like the community of online gaming – you won’t get more out of your 10 bucks with any other title. The ratio of money spent to time enjoyed is hilariously negligible.
  14. Jul 9, 2013
    As always, Duel of the Planewalkers is a perfect entry point for people interested in Magic but are intimidated by the real thing or the ultra competitive Magic The Gathering Online. And, as always too, it lets us wanting for more. Duels series won't be able to stay as the "the entry point" forever.
  15. Jul 15, 2013
    As mentioned at the beginning of the article, when I first played Magic the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 I was expecting the same experience as last year, simply with new decks. The fact that Magic the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 brings a new game mode, in the shape of Sealed Play, to the table (excuse the pun) really adds to the Magic the Gathering feel.
  16. 85
    Magic 2014 manages to retain what made the previous games great, while more than justifying the series’ yearly releases.
  17. 90
    Excellent tutorial for beginners. [Sept 2013, p.89]
  18. Aug 1, 2013
    With an initial Campaign that clocks in at around ten hours plus a secondary campaign, and almost unlimited online replay value thanks to the superb Sealed Play (which itself has a third single-player campaign), there are dozens of hours of card-battling fun available in Magic 2014.
  19. Jul 5, 2013
    Those who liked the past few games and even those looking to play Magic: The Gathering for the very first time should all pick up Duels of the Plainswalkers 2014. I can’t suggest it enough.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Dec 1, 2013
    So the multiplayer not working for more than 50% of the people on the xbox has been going on for OVER TWO MONTHS. If you own the game, be sure to give it a 1 star rating on the marketplace so other people won't buy it. I can't believe the #%$^ers came out with ANOTHER deck to buy before they fixed the problems of their old customers. I am so enraged, will never buy or support a Wizards of the Coast product again. Worst customer service EVER! But there is a slightly visible silver lining, i have been able to play with others with "the glitch" Add me if you have it GT Praisejeebis420 Full Review »
  2. May 14, 2014
    Feels just like playing Magic, but without all those sweaty neckbard pros from the card shop. The game has a great difficulty curve and the AI is solid. The story mode is a bit corny, but no worse than a game like Puzzle Quest. This game is more about the addictive gameplay. The systems work well and there is a huge variety in the cards available. I am able to challenge myself with the battles and learn some good tricks and play styles with what the game has to offer. Great game to spend a lazy sunday with - time goes by incredibly fast while trying to get a difficult card battle just right. I also like the sealed play feature and enjoy unlocking cards and building a custom deck - it's like having a whole other game bundled with the initial story/campaign mode. Not only can you challenget the game AI to gain more boosters for your custom deck, but you can also challenge other players. While you can't combine sealed play decks with each other, you can unlock multiple deck slots - all which contain different random cards that can be used. This excitement keeps the game feeling fresh even after playing on and off for the past year. Full Review »
  3. Aug 4, 2013
    Another great entry to the series. They have stream lined the interface, resolved the regeneration flaw, and added sealed deck play which let's you build your own deck and win booster packs. Full Review »