Magic The Gathering Tactics
Basic Information

A 3D tactical representation of the Magic: The Gathering CCG. You play - single player campaign or online multiplayer - as a Plainswalker, casting spells and summoning creatures to defeat your enemies. Though the game concepts will be very familiar to anyone who's ever played the CCG on which Tactics is based, the main draw here is that, rather than play cards, you shift actual creatures across a fully realized 3D battlefield, while blasting your enemies with lightning bolts and fireballs. Though the game is free to play, extra booster packs and new single player scenarios are available for purchase.

Sony Online Entertainment
Unknown
Free to Play,Browser based
2011
released
Unlimited
Yes

  • Summon creatures to kill your enemies.
  • Blast foes with ranged spells.
  • Play through a single player campaign.
  • Defeat your friends, or some random shlub, in online play.
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About the Game

If you're already a Magic: The Gathering fan, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this. Stepping into the shoes of Jace Beleren or any of the other named Plainswalkers is probably something you've always wanted to do, and Tactics lets you do exactly that. If you're not familiar with the setting, this may prove a difficult learning experience, since the game's clearly been designed with the fans in mind. In-game lore - who are these Plainswalkers, why are they fighting, what are they fighting over, is there any history to this conflict - is kept to an absolute minimum, while game concepts to thrill the fans - you get to summon a Serra Angel! - are pushed to the fore.

First impressions time! I was only given a choice of three avatars, two human males, one female, and not much in the way of customization once I picked an avatar type. A quick look at the store shows that more avatar types are available for sale. The introductory scenario, which had me navigating a simple arena and facing off against my tutor, was a little frustrating, since the game doesn't go out of its way to explain basic concepts - how do I move, attack, cast spells, switch from my avatar to a summoned creature - and the enemy AI is, at best, stupid. My final victory came about not because of my inherent genius, but because my tutor, who'd been doing very well in the first round with ranged attacks, rushed into melee range of my toughest creature. One Giant Growth spell solved that problem.

The game is currently available via Steam, and also as a separate PC download. Though there's been mention of a PS3 release - after all, this is Sony we're talking about - nothing's come of it yet.

System Requirements
Minimum
  • OS: Windows XP
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz, AMD Athlon FX-53
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 or ATI Radeon HD2900
  • RAM: 1GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista, Windows 7)
  • Hard Drive Space: 1.6GB
  • Connection: Broadband Internet Connection Required
Recommended
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo or AMD Athlon FX-60
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon HD2900
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive Space: 1.6GB
  • Connection: Broadband Internet Connection Required
Magic The Gathering Tactics
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