Slow, technically flawed and dogged by premium microtransactions. A sorry take on a classic card game.
MTG: Duels of the Planeswalkers at last adds customization, but ruins it with microtransactions and grindy gameplay.
Deck customization has been something players have been asking for with this series, and it's a wonderful inclusion here, with the card pool borrowing from some of Magic's recent sets.
Magic 2015 gives you fewer reasons to love a fantastic game.
Wizards of the Coast needs to learn about loss aversion and the concept of not fixing something that ain't broken. The mobile design model nauseatingly and frustratingly deteriorates this installment so corrosively that the next installment of Duels of the Planewalkers will need a formal reboot to win back its core audience
Even with the expansion included, Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 doesn't offer enough variety and makes it too difficult to progress through the game without feeling pressured to buy cards with physical money. What this game seems good for however are those people who might be interested in playing the actual physical card game.
Magic 2015 is like taking 2 steps forward and one step back. While true deck building has finally been added, the loss of other modes that have become staples of the series diminishes its overall impact. This is still a solid offering for fans of the classic trading card game. This is about as close to Magic as you can get without actually dealing out the cards.
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.
Taking away numerous features and offering nothing in return, Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalker is a microtransaction-laden mess that does nothing to improve on past games in the series.
agic: The Gathering — Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015 doesn't pull any punches with what it is and how it's played. It's a tough game that will challenge you, much like the actual card game, and will force you to think and strategize before jumping into the mix. It's certainly made for a specific audience that enjoys mathematics and forward thinking.
Magic 2015 is a game of two coins. It provides immersive entertainment that encourages you to push forward, while spitting in your face the horrors of in-game purchases.
Aside from the odd moments where Magic's innovative ruleset is allowed to shine, this entry feels like a complete cash-in, forcing players to rely on their wallets, not their wits. Long term Magic fans will want to avoid Magic 2015 to avoid utter frustration, whereas newcomers should look further into the Duels of the Planeswalkers' back catalogue for a more appropriate and fulfilling platform for inauguration.
Playing Magic 2015 is a trip down memory lane
If you're itching for a digital card game, Hearthstone is ready and waiting. If you're interested in Magic: the Gathering, head on over to your local game store and inquire about learning the game.
Magic 2015 may not be on the level of Dungeon Keeper in terms of its attempts to squeeze your bank balance, but it does itself no favours either. Do yourself one instead: if you're thinking of investing in a digital Magic experience, get last year's instalment and avoid this soulless excuse for a game.
Magic 2015 Duels of the Planeswalkers fails to reach the heights of previous games
When it comes to the complexity of gameplay and strategic versatility in a collectible card game, nothing comes close to Magic: The Gathering. While the digital version of the series is considered by most fans as a utility to test various deck builds and aid newcomers, it's still more than a little disappointing to see the focus aimed completely at the deck building process, while stripping away game modes we have enjoyed from past versions. Though it's still fun to battle opponents without having to fray my cards, dish out game night snacks, or use up gas to go where the in-person action is, I'll likely return to my Magic 2014 stock, and hope next year's entry provides more sustenance.
It seems Wizards of the Coast have taken a step back with Magic 2015. Bad Deck Building, micro-transactions and lack of other modes makes for a boring and unimaginative installment of Duels of The Planeswalkers.
'Magic 2015' is frustrating not because it's bad, but because it is so close to being so good. It takes a step forward with the deck builder and two steps back with its cumbersome interface and lack of engaging gametypes for both single and multiplayer. The pay-to-win model has not taken over just yet, but it is creeping steadily closer. If you have enjoyed previous versions of 'Duels of the Planeswalkers' and are a serious 'Magic' fan, it's not a bad play. If you are a newcomer to the series, consider the 2013 or 2014 edition instead.
Magic 2015 is still the best way to bring a new player to this old game and the deck building is a great deal of fun, but those who have played the last couple of releases may feel somewhat underwhelmed by this iteration.