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June 2013



Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers

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Magic 2014 (Windows)

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Ah yes, Magic 2014 (for all platforms) is here! I previously owned and reviewed the 2013 (iPad version) last year. It was a lot of fun even though I encountered some problems with my saved games. This year, I opted for the Steam version because I use my laptop more than my iPad now and I wanted to try gaming with it.

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Start screen

Key Features:
10 decks; each with cards to unlock
250+ cards unlockable through gameplay
Single player Campaign across the planes of Shandalar, Ravnica, Alara, Innistrad and Zendikar; plus 11 revenge matches
4 Deadly opponents, including the Planeswalker Chandra Nalaar
Multiplayer modes; including Two-Headed giant and custom games
Sealed Play Mode; introduces deck building
10 puzzling challenges

System Requirements
OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
Processor: 2GHz CPU (Pentium 4 or equivalent)
Memory: 1GB RAM (2GB for Vista and Windows 7)
Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB HDD
Video Card: 512MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card with Pixelshader 3.0 support
DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c or later
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Additional: Local Co-op requires a controller

Machines used for testing 

1. MacBook Pro Mid2010 running Parallels 8 (image is stored on HDD drive) with 2 cores and 4gb memory allocated.

2. iPad 3

3. Samsung Galaxy S4  (well, sort of. I just asked Leandro Losaria AKA Brando how the experience is and asked if drag and drop was available. Hehe) UPDATE 7/2/2013: Apologies for reporting false facts, drag and drop IS supported in Android too!

What’s new?

I haven’t extensively played the game yet, but I’ve been through the tutorials and browsed the menus and tested some modes and I noticed that there are a lot of improvements compared with the older version. The UI has been revamped and is much more intuitive now than in the previous version. I was initially disappointed (and frustrated) though with the lack of drag and drop support in the desktop version (which is still enabled in the iPad version).

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Combat Phase

You can download the  iOS and Android apps for free (which is basically a demo) with the option to upgrade to the full game for $9.99. There is no identical demo on Steam, you have to buy the game (same price for the game) and with the option to purchase DLC like decks for $0.99.

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I still like the iPad version better when it comes to playability (again, because of the drag and drop functionality. Why? Well, for me it is easier than clicking, double clicking, tapping and err, double tapping) but will hands down choose the desktop version  when it comes to graphics. Android version does not include drag and drop functionality so for me it is the least of the 3 versions.

UPDATE 7/2/2013: As stated earlier, drag and drop is supported in Android too. Performance in the S4 is actually faster than in the iPad 3 (it hangs most of the time for about 1-2 secs). I like the smoothness of the game with the S4 but still love the resolution of the iPad. I wonder how this runs in fast Android tablets? Anyone out there who tried already?

I think its worth the price and I recommend it even to those who are new to MTG. Anyways, here are more screenshots:

Thanks for reading my article! Any comments or suggestions? Hit the comments section below!