Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 80
    Powered by a compelling magic system that allows limitless possibilities, Magicka 2 offers imaginative excitement that's best enjoyed with others.
  2. 80
    Magicka 2 is a great fantasy romp featuring some brilliant spells, vibrant visuals and great co-op action. Its minor issues aren't enough to stop you from having a blast.
  3. Jun 2, 2015
    80
    Magicka 2 is a great coop game, no matter who you play with. It's no longer as fresh as the original episode, but it's indeed better.
  4. May 28, 2015
    77
    Though it momentarily made me want to commit crimes against my controller at certain points when playing alone, Magicka 2’s one-of-a-kind magic system made it difficult to stay mad for very long.
  5. Nov 10, 2015
    76
    If you liked the original game, you'll also enjoy Magicka 2. Without much improvement, this sequel is much more fun in co-op.
  6. 75
    While there have been some growing pains, Magicka 2 still manages to be an extraordinary cooperative game when played with the right people. If you have a group of friends that are tired of playing Borderlands and Helldivers, then make sure you give Magicka 2 a spin.
  7. Jul 8, 2015
    74
    Magicka 2 is a stellar adventure as long as you have friends along for the ride. The mechanics of the spellcasting system and the gameplay in general are tuned perfectly for multiple wizards, however flying solo will only bring you frustration and fits of rage.
  8. Jun 8, 2015
    74
    After what seemed like 100 add-ons or adventure packs I was hoping for more. Yes: it looks better. And yes: It has been fine-tuned. But in the end you’ll get the same joyful and chaotic spell action where the fun rises analogue to the number of players.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jul 17, 2015
    70
    The pad controls are something of a compromise, but a good one for the most part. [Aug 2015, p.90]
  10. Jun 9, 2015
    70
    If you liked Magicka, you'll also appreciate this sequel, but if you hoped for Magicka 2 as a game with many new features you will be a bit disappointed. Even so Magicka 2 is still a funny game and improves those flaws found in the predecessor.
  11. Jun 8, 2015
    70
    It's too flawed to fully recommend, although if you know a few friends that don't mind casting spells at mindless monsters, it'll cast its spell on you.
  12. Jun 2, 2015
    70
    Overall, there is much to commend in this magical blaster – just make sure that you bring a friend.
  13. Jun 1, 2015
    70
    This is a game built from the ground up for co-op, you’ll have more fun with more players. Magicka 2 loses something when tackled in single player.
  14. May 29, 2015
    70
    If you've got some friends who like blowing each other up and don't mind wearing out their fingers punching in spell combinations, you could probably have a decent enough time. If you're looking for something with more depth to it, or are hungry for a solo adventure, Magicka 2 is one spellbook best left locked in the library.
  15. May 29, 2015
    70
    I enjoyed my time battling foes alongside wizard friends new and old, but Magicka 2 takes more effort than most games, and it's tiring.
  16. Jun 2, 2015
    65
    If you’re looking to play this solo, you may want to find a different game to play. This will frustrate you to no ends playing solo, but with a couple of friends, it can be a rather fun game to play.
  17. Jul 29, 2015
    60
    Nobody is shooting for the moon here, just aiming to give the fans more of what they enjoyed. [Issue#163, p.110]
  18. Jun 24, 2015
    60
    In the end, Magicka 2 almost feels like two different games. If you choose to play through the game on your own, you will regularly become frustrated at the game’s control scheme, its random difficulty spikes and overwhelming and unfair nature. On the other hand, if you team up with friends, you’ll get a far more enjoyable experience that doesn’t fix all the game’s problems, but does make them easier to deal with.
User Score
6.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 82
  2. Negative: 18 out of 82
  1. May 31, 2015
    5
    UPDATED REVIEW --

    This game is grueling for single player. The problem stems from the fact that the game is designed to incorporate
    UPDATED REVIEW --

    This game is grueling for single player. The problem stems from the fact that the game is designed to incorporate constant player deaths. This is hilarious fun multiplayer, but in single player it gets old fast. You have a sprite that follows you around and resurrects you when you die (and then dies itself). If you can cast the revive spell before dying a second time, you can turn this into an ongoing cycle and overcome most anything the game throws at you with enough patience.

    Unfortunately, the key phrase there is "with enough patience." While you can beat the game playing by yourself, it simply is not fun. Each section becomes nothing more than a war of attrition. The enemies spawn and swarm you. You can use many spells to keep them at bay (such as spraying water), but can do little to no damage while doing so. You can do damage, but sacrifice your ability to keep the enemies from surrounding and pummeling you to death in seconds. Thus, your strategy is very often to do as much damage as possible in the few seconds you are alive, die, revive, then continue this cycle for as long as it takes to kill the enemies. It's not challenging so much as it just frustrating.

    Multiplayer is a different story. The game is quite entertaining as long as everyone knows how to revive. With more players, the enemies have multiple targets to focus on. Weaving spells in tandem with other folks is a hoot. Killing other players "by accident" happens constantly, but it ends up being fun rather than frustrating.

    If you intend to play this game mostly multiplayer, go for it. It's great. If you intend to play it mostly single player, just don't buy it. You'll regret playing it even if they paid you to play.
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  2. May 26, 2015
    10
    If you only liked first magicka it would be absollutelly best thing you ever played . Its something like skyrim but WITHOUT vampires (rly).If you only liked first magicka it would be absollutelly best thing you ever played . Its something like skyrim but WITHOUT vampires (rly). Good on PC , but still better on PS4. 10/10 Full Review »
  3. Dec 21, 2015
    8
    Played this game only cause it was free on ps plus and only 2 player coop. It was amazing and fun. haven't laughed playing a game for a longPlayed this game only cause it was free on ps plus and only 2 player coop. It was amazing and fun. haven't laughed playing a game for a long time. It wasn't long thought which I don't mind because it was free but there are dlcs out. Full Review »