|Dev: Pieces Interactive|
|Pub: Paradox Interactive|
|Release: May 26, 2015|
|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.
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.
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.
Date: May 28, 2015