Reviews by Niihyl
A blast in Co-op, Fun sandbox soloNiihyl | April 24, 2013 | Review of Magicka: Collection
The game plays basically like an ARPG, but reminded me of MOBA games such as League of Legends or Dota 2. You move with the mouse and cast spells by using eight different keys on the keyboard, each of which corresponds to a different element. Combining these is great fun all on its own, and I spent quite a while just trying things out. Type D then E (earth then shield) and you'll spawn a rocky wall in front of you. Q and F (water and fire) will let you cast spells with steam. Cast lightning and heal to jolt dead friends back to life; and that's where the real fun starts.
Playing with friends, especially with VOIP, makes Magicka one of the most fun things ever. Magic is dangerous, and you're just as likely to blow yourself and your friends up than kill enemies. Battling waves of enemies while simultaneously "accidentally" shooting friends just doesn't get old. The story isn't anything special, but it'll get a few laughs out of you. The DLC packs - the ones that add new stages, at least - are excellent as well, while the extra robes and staves aren't important at all.
The game is plagued with bugs, though it's been fixed considerably since release. The game will lag and stutter, it'll crash, friends will freeze out of games. It's a bit like playing a Bethesda game, really. These are pretty easy to forgive, however, as stages aren't too difficult with a few friends in tow... they might even be harder if you spend more time blasting each other apart.