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  • Summary: An extension of the world's premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers' brings a pulse-pounding mix of strategic thinking, fantastic artwork, and arcade-style thrills to Xbox LIVE Arcade. Experience an epic game of fantasy and strategy, as never before, when you take on the mantle of a planeswalker - a powerful mage capable of traversing the infinite planes of existence - and forge your destiny! [Wizards of the Coast] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. The digital realization of this popular game is equally impressive, as the developers have done an amazing job of retaining the essence of the card game.
  2. As it stands, Duels of the Planeswalkers is a really enjoyable game. It allows newcomers to learn the ropes while letting experts get straight into dueling. Should it receive extensive support in the future – buying decks online, booster packs, online trading of cards – it could be massive. We sincerely hope it will be expanded down the line, because after a few days straight playing, we’d like to see some variation or the ability to construct dueling decks from scratch. But for your Microsoft Points, it’s something that comes highly recommended.
  3. A campaign of surprisingly smart A.I. opponents. [Sept 2009, p.87]
  4. The allure of the online experience over Xbox Live should be tempting to fans of the game, especially with hopes that some of the issues might be fixed with future downloadable content to add further customization.
  5. Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers may not revolutionize computerized card-based games, but is does one simple thing right, it allows for new and old fans to meet on equal ground.
  6. If you're already a Magic expert, this is an acceptable way to get in a few games online with friends, though you'll likely find the inability to create your own deck to be a pretty major drawback. If you're a Magic neophyte, you'll get more out of this experience.
  7. 40
    In terms of its game mechanics Duels of the Planeswalkers is a great conversion of the card game with an excellent interface in place, but unfortunately the heart and soul of the game have been torn out. What’s left is just a shell of the Magic experience; it looks and sounds like Magic, but has little of the depth, challenge and satisfaction that the physical version offers.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    Not for oldies.
    If you been playing this game with real cards and paying alot for these and getting into physical fights, this game probably
    won't have much to offer. But to me who doesn't have any friends with cards nor wish to buy them, this is a great value. Been playing it on the xbox and it's so good for just chilling while still having to be strategic.
    I hope however some more deck costumization will appear, more decks and more options e.g. choosing which land cards to actually use, cause sometimes when the spell just need random, you can limit your next spell by using the incorrent land.
  2. Dec 11, 2012
    Watered down console port and not a good example of what MTG is. Locked decks kill customization and multiplayer potential along with porting issues. They dropped this in favor of the yearly releases for a reason and it isn't even sold on Steam anymore. Expand
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    This game is probably great fun for people new to MtG in general, and it can be exciting the way collectible things are, if you can't get all you want. In other words, you can't customise decks properly - just adding cards isn't enough. This with mana management issues and few other glitches makes the game poor for any experienced player - after some point it *restricts* the technical playing. Graphics are nice, but also bring out the grandness feeling of magical combat and could do quite a bit better on usability: a lot of information is decoded way smaller, wrong places, and with bad contrast than it could be. For new, and maybe young, players: This could be great fun; For experienced players or rules-lawyers: Few challenges are interesting, but campaign is a bit boring and frustrating. But then again, it's cheap on MtG-scale. Expand

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