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  • Summary: In the Magic Online game, you will be able to purchase digital cards and trade them with other players, build and customize your decks and organize your card collection right on the PC. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment forIn the Magic Online game, you will be able to purchase digital cards and trade them with other players, build and customize your decks and organize your card collection right on the PC. A wide range of game rooms will allow players of different levels to find just the right environment for them, from casual pick-up games to highly competitive tournaments. Players new to the Magic game will be able to observe games in the Casual Play room. Built-in tutorials and practice rooms will help get game-play under way quickly. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    An addictive game that's quick to play, easy to learn, delightfully detailed, and almost infinitely replayable. [Oct 2002, p.72]
  2. In serious competition, it suffers from the same drawback as the real world version of the game - players with deep pockets can buy themselves more powerful decks.
  3. Graphically I was disappointed. I was hoping for a little animation.
  4. It's because of its accessible nature that Magic Online is undoubtedly the best software representation of Magic: The Gathering released thus far--quite possibly surpassing the physical card game in many respects.
  5. PC Gamer
    78
    Its aesthetics need more polish - and it needs to offer more help for newcomers. [Sept 2002, p.64]
  6. 75
    It's fun and really true to the series. Having said that, I probably won't play it too much longer, mostly because it just whet my appetite for some face-to-face play.
  7. Computer Gaming World
    40
    The brilliant game design endures, like a sweet-smelling rose atop a giant mountain of dung. [Oct 2002, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 12 out of 19
  1. MarkW.
    May 18, 2006
    10
    It's fun....I am a small fish and I have over 14,000 cards ($2000 approximate value) with an initial investment of about $100.00. It's fun....I am a small fish and I have over 14,000 cards ($2000 approximate value) with an initial investment of about $100.00. It's a game for very smart people and you dont have to worry about it ever being "Dumbed Down". If you are smart you won't have to buy to many cards....you will win them or trade other people out of them. Then sell them online for cash someday before you die. The tickets used as currency in the game sell for about .90 on the dollar.....small price to pay to run your own business. Expand
  2. Gamemasduck
    Nov 14, 2004
    10
    It is fun cuase i like magic. i like meeting other people who like the game and battling them.
  3. TharionW.
    Mar 22, 2007
    9
    Near 24x7 gameplay of MtG with friends around the world. Low system requirements and no monthly fee. If you love to play magic and want an Near 24x7 gameplay of MtG with friends around the world. Low system requirements and no monthly fee. If you love to play magic and want an average of 1,000 players online from around the world at any one moment - well MTGO is for you. Expand
  4. Jun 3, 2016
    1
    Buggy as hell, a lot of the time you will lose games for all the bugs. The interface is archaic the cards and events are super expensive andBuggy as hell, a lot of the time you will lose games for all the bugs. The interface is archaic the cards and events are super expensive and the overall experience is simply frustating and not fun. Seriously, stay away from this thing Expand
  5. DominickL.
    Oct 18, 2002
    0
    Sucks cause u gotta pay.
  6. Apr 14, 2013
    0
    Overpriced. Terrible mods. Terrible game. AVOID. Basically it's like playing a badly designed lottery were the only skillz tested are eitherOverpriced. Terrible mods. Terrible game. AVOID. Basically it's like playing a badly designed lottery were the only skillz tested are either luck, or your 'credit card fu'

    Seriously, just avoid.
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  7. Sep 9, 2012
    0
    Avoid like the plague.

    Where do you start for something this bad? Lets start with the gameplay. Gameplay is like most TCG. Meaning it's
    Avoid like the plague.

    Where do you start for something this bad? Lets start with the gameplay. Gameplay is like most TCG. Meaning it's bad, very bad. Balance among decks are often decided to be 'balanced' due to the flawed rock paper scissors ideas that so many games fall into. This means that 90% of games will be decided as soon as you start. If you have the counter to something, you win. If not you lose. The other 10% is decided by the luck of the draw, with both players not counting on skill, but luck to pull them through.

    This creates decidedly uninspiring gameplay, with both losses and wins feeling equally empty and pointless

    Then you have the price. Cards that are worth anything are often more expensive then their physical counterparts, thanks to the infection of bots in the trading. Even then, a second tier pauper (Commons only) deck will cost you anywhere from $15- up to $100. Standard decks cost anywhere from $70-$500. A deck is made up of 75 virtual cards. That isn't including the $30 a pop events, or the super expensive stuff (There are single virtual cards that sell for over $200).

    And last but not least, the entire client is just.... bad. Those of you lucky enough to be alive during the 90's, would remember the amount of crapware that came out around that time. Games like Snakes and ladders badly drawn, programmed and shoved onto CD's to fill up whatever magazine or cereal it was trying to entice you to buy. This game looks and feels exactly like those. Trading is possibly the worst system in any game ever, the entire UI looks like some prealpha rubbish created by a 3 year old on crack, and the thing is generally slow and confusing to use.

    As a final nail in the coffin, is the retarded moderation, the only game, including stuff designed for 3 year olds' which censors out the word 'piss'. The entire censorship and over zelous moderators smells of a bunch of 5 year old girls who haven't grown up enough to realize that people might say and do 'Boo boo's'.

    Actually, scratch that thought. Most 5 year old girls would be insulted to be compared to these guys.

    In conclusion, there is nothing good about this game, nothing, It's a place for fat nerds to high five each other because they spent waaaay too much money on what is basically a lottery with priddy pictures.

    Avoid at all costs.
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