Magicka 2
Magicka 2
System: PC
Dev: Pieces Interactive
Pub: Paradox Interactive
Release: May 26, 2015
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

The visuals are bright, colorful, and excellently detailed, with enemies sporting some interesting designs, many of which help you discern the best strategy for dispatching them. A massive troll wearing plate armor and wielding a metallic shield is an indication of its susceptibility to lightning. Goblins strapped with flamethrowers aren't much of a threat when doused in water. The artwork is clever and gorgeous, yet imposing all at the same time.

Magicka 2

The audio is equally whimsical yet tactile. Having your body crushed by a twenty-five foot long maul clangs like a metallic baseball bat would, yet you'll chuckle each time you or an ally is revived to a yodel-like proclamation. The background music is well orchestrated, never taking itself too seriously, much like the rest of the game's aesthetic. The Dracula-mimicking Vlad purposefully sounds like a character from a Scooby-Doo episode, but the delivery is spot on.

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Magicka 2 doesn't mess much with the formula of the first title. If the hours you spent traipsing through Midgård before grew tedious, the sequel may not wield enough magic to hold your attention. However, if you dropped the first game quickly due to the plethora of game breaking launch bugs, or missed this gem of series altogether, it is more than worth your time for an excellently priced $15. It's challenging, it's quirky, and it's just plain fun, especially with friends.

By
Sean Engemann
Contributing Writer
Date: May 28, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.6
Graphics
Gorgeous environments and cleverly designed monsters, though the players themselves are rather simple looking wizards.
3.6
Control
The camera feels like it spent too much time near a keg of ale, and a few sticky spell inputs can spell disaster. Otherwise, the controls are smooth and intuitive once you've become familiar with the key or button placements for all the elements.
4.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Sounds effects that both pack a punch and have you busting a gut. A great music score and well delivered voice work. Only the introduction is voiced in English, with the rest of the vocals spoken in the developer's native Swedish tongue.
4.3
Play Value
The nine chapters of the campaign run a decent length, mostly due to the game's challenge. The extra modes are fantastic diversions, especially in multiplayer.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • As an all-powerful Wizard, you will have thousands of spells at your fingertips to experiment and defeat evil with, use them together with special Magicks to annihilate foes or give necessary aid to your companions.
  • Combine up to five elements at a time and work together with - or against - your friends for that full Magicka co-op experience.
  • Full co-op support! All levels and game modes in Magicka 2 will be supported for four-player co-op with hot join, checkpoints, and other supportive features and functionality.
  • Friendly fire is always on, promoting emergent gameplay humor as players accidentally hurt or kill their friends in their attempts to annihilate enemies.
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