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  • Summary: Track down bigger game on a bold new adventure with Magic 2015—Duels of the Planeswalkers. Command powerful creatures and wield devastating spells to defeat your opponents in this game of strategy. Hone your skills as you battle your way across the planes of the Multiverse. Beware though,Track down bigger game on a bold new adventure with Magic 2015—Duels of the Planeswalkers. Command powerful creatures and wield devastating spells to defeat your opponents in this game of strategy. Hone your skills as you battle your way across the planes of the Multiverse. Beware though, Planeswalker. Your biggest danger lies ahead. Garruk Wildspeaker, the greatest hunter known, has fallen under the curse of the Chain Veil. He now mercilessly stalks his own kind. Find him and stop him ... before he finds you. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Jul 16, 2014
    88
    Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers is possibly the best of the series, and an excellent option for gamers that might be interested in learning how to play Magic: The Gathering.
  2. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    Duels 2015 lacks any of these fun Multiplayer formats which, to me, is it’s greatest weakness. But with a robust tutorial, a massive selection of cards and an emphasis on allowing the player the freedom to choose their own Decks, I still have to rate Duels 2015 as one of the strongest of the series.
  3. Aug 6, 2014
    70
    Magic 2015 provides a neat and polished experience for those who are new to the entire concept, but unfortunately does not have enough of its big brother’s allure to warrant attention from more serious Planeswalkers.
  4. Jul 29, 2014
    59
    One step forward, lots of steps back - and the magic is gone.
  5. Games Master UK
    Aug 24, 2014
    52
    A horrific payment structure undermines an excellent card battler. [Oct 2014, p.71]
  6. Jul 22, 2014
    50
    Magic 2015 is a step backwards for the Planeswalkers series, and could potentially prove a costly misstep for Stainless Games given the recent, celebrated arrival of Blizzard in the CCG genre.
  7. Jul 18, 2014
    30
    Slow, technically flawed and dogged by premium microtransactions. A sorry take on a classic card game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 75
  2. Negative: 56 out of 75
  1. Wik
    Jul 28, 2014
    10
    I have just started playing Magic. I really like it. the game look good, and runs good on PC. The card and decks are fun to play. PC playersI have just started playing Magic. I really like it. the game look good, and runs good on PC. The card and decks are fun to play. PC players are whiners... thats for sure. Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    8
    Despite it´s release bugs (problems with shop not working because game can not interact with steam overlay, time taken to navigate inDespite it´s release bugs (problems with shop not working because game can not interact with steam overlay, time taken to navigate in menu....) and "premium" need to pay cards (which are not really neccesary) i would say all this is compensated by the availability of creating your own decks. Now when you play online, you do not really know what you are facing, as decks are not premade like in other games. You can even test your decks playing against them (used by IA).

    Something i do not really understand is how did they do to break off the auto mana tapping system (it worked perfect in other games, this one just insists on breaking one color pool first when you are going multi color), but i hope this is fixed and can be fixed when you push control meanwhile, as it allows you to choose manas.

    I remember new decks being brought in last mtg games within the time. I hope new cards are inserted in this one, and with the actual high range of cards to choose from and new ones, there will not be 2 equal decks.

    To sum up, probably your favourite MTG game if you are more into deck personalization than game modes. If you like other MTG games, it is totally worth to give a try.
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  3. Jul 22, 2014
    5
    + Free deck building, which previous Magic games didn't have.
    - Menus are horribly slow to use.
    - There are no other game modes besides
    + Free deck building, which previous Magic games didn't have.
    - Menus are horribly slow to use.
    - There are no other game modes besides free-for-all.
    - You cannot unlock all the cards via gameplay, some have to be bought in boosters via in-game store which costs real money. It costs around 25€/28$ to get them all.
    - Everything is super white so if you have a bright monitor you'll burn your eyes.
    - 60fps mode doesn't stay on, the game constantly changes it to 23fps.
    - When you try to join another custom multiplayer match after finishing one you often crash.
    - Multiplayer lobbies are public by default and quick match system doesn't have any queue so you'll fail to connect 90% of the time.
    - There's a bug that may cause you to lose all your progress and cards, including premium($) ones.
    - Many cards are not working as intended e.g. If you use prey upon or hunt the weak on enemy that has any abilities(life steal, etc.), those abilities do not work. This is just one example, I've found around 10 others so far.
    - You may sometimes get stuck between turns in multiplayer and the game doesn't resync, though this was also a problem in previous Magic titles.
    - There is no way to remap skip button(TAB), or any buttons if you're playing with a controller.
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  4. Aug 21, 2014
    1
    After all the problems DotP 2014 had, I was really hoping that the devs had taken a step back and rectified the issues with it (deckAfter all the problems DotP 2014 had, I was really hoping that the devs had taken a step back and rectified the issues with it (deck construction locked into Sealed mode, bad challenges, restrictive campaign, etc.). Instead we get a barebones version of MTG that does everything wrong that it possibly can. Problems are apparent right when you start up the game; the UI is slow and heavily animated, obviously being designed for a touch screen interface. Instead of being given 1-2 prebuilt decks like in the previous two annual releases, you are given a choice between deck archetypes. However, you have no idea what cards are actually inside your deck before you lock in to using that "Intro Deck"-strength deck which can really screw you over at the start of the game. For example, I picked a supposedly B/G Reanimator deck but the only reanimator card in it was Rescue from the Underworld (a high costed, slow reanimator that requires saccing a creature as an additional cost). Because you are picking an archetype and not an actual deck, you also don't get unlocks specifically for your deck; while this gives you more freedom in deck construction, new players will be baffled about what they should add to their deck or how to edit it properly. A "Suggested Cards" tool is available but it isn't very trustworthy; using it with my best deck (G/W tokens), two of the three recommended cards are Phytotitan and Pelakka Wurm.

    While you can finally build your own decks with DotP 2015, you will really struggle to put something playable together without buying cards for real money. Buying all the cards in the game will cost you $20 and individual "planes" of cards will cost you $5 each. If you could just drop $20 on unlocking everything in the game you would be looking at spending only $30 total on DotP 2015. Of course, it isn't that easy... many of the best cards available (including Stoneforge Mystic, Doubling Season, Kozilek, and more) are locked behind "Premium Boosters" which give you 10 random cards for $2 (physical boosters in Standard cost between $2-4 and have 15 cards each). Last year's gambling mechanic was bad but it was only restricted to the Sealed Deck mode. DotP 2015 has essentially become Pay2Win with these boosters because the cards inside can be used in any game mode, including online.

    Speaking of online play, there barely is any! 2-Headed Giant has been removed for no reason and no other game modes have been added. You can only play 2-4 player FFA with your custom built decks; no Archenemy, no Planechase, no new modes. With the addition of deck construction and the rise of popularity in Commander/EDH, it is really disappointing that even that wasn't added.

    The only good thing that I can say about this is that they finally added non-basic lands. Deck construction is a nice touch finally but the rest of the game has suffered for it. It seems that in order to release the same game on every platform they had to cut content to make it work on mobile devices. DotP 2015 has a tedious, boring, and grindy single player campaign, no Challenges, no multiplayer modes outside of FFA, and no tools to introduce new players to MTG except for the tutorial. This is the worst DotP game made yet (even worse than the original DotP which was removed from Steam) and not even fans of the series should bother with this blatant cash grab.
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  5. Jul 17, 2014
    1
    Horrible excuse of a MTG game. Menu is clunky and lags, also is horribly designed unless you are playing on a tablet. Deckbuilding is nothingHorrible excuse of a MTG game. Menu is clunky and lags, also is horribly designed unless you are playing on a tablet. Deckbuilding is nothing like it was hyped to be, what's the point of building a deck if you have such a small pool to work with?

    Don't forget about all the microtransactions. They really give this game an immersive experience, allowing you to spend real money on packs to unlock random cards. Oh and that's the only way you can unlock cards in the "premium" pool.

    Tutorial is painfully long (like 10-15 minutes easy) and no way to skip it. Nearly gave up before finishing it. There is no excuse to not add a skip option.

    If you hated 2 Headed Giant or the Puzzle Mode, you're in luck! This game dropped both of those game modes. No excuse for them to be missing, these have been pretty standard in previous MTG games.

    Don't buy this game. All it is is a money grubbing, pay2win, microtransaction filled MTG ad that you have to pay $10 for. Maybe they'll learn next year.
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  6. Nov 5, 2014
    0
    It is just a game to steal your money.
    After paying for the game you have to pay even more to win any battle.
    Now nothing is more stupid
    It is just a game to steal your money.
    After paying for the game you have to pay even more to win any battle.

    Now nothing is more stupid than this game developers writing reviews here giving 9 and 10 and trying to write as if they were young players... that is just simply sad!
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  7. Jul 21, 2014
    0
    Total donkey milking game if there ever was one. You do not get 2 Headed Giant anymore. Just a new set of cards and some premium cards that ifTotal donkey milking game if there ever was one. You do not get 2 Headed Giant anymore. Just a new set of cards and some premium cards that if you buy them all the game ends up costing you a lot more than $9.99. It's just MADDEN NFL all over again. Same ole game with updated cards. Only children will like this new edition as they like the ole "look at the choo choo" features of new games. lol Hardly an adult game to buy. Come on over to HEARTSTONE that's a real game and it doesn't cost you an arm ana leg to play it. Fact is it's FREE to get in. Of course if you want some better cards just like all milking donkeys you'll have to pay. ;)) But free is a lot better than $9.99 every farking year and for less too. Expand

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