Magicka – Never cross the streams…

by Clayton on March 2, 2011

The usual suspects, once again, are looking for some multiplayer creaminess until the forthcoming big titles are released. For us these are Diablo III, Forza Motorsport 4, Battlefield 3 and Gears Of War 3 to name but a few of the great multiplayer offerings. Diablo III is rightly at the head of the list although may not be released for another year! (I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another Duke Nukem Forever!)

Anyway back to the pointy hats at hand. Magicka, for those who haven’t yet parted with 8 quid for this comical ‘romp’, is a satirical action-adventure game set in a rich fantasy world based on Norse mythology. The player assumes the role of a wizard from a sacred order tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer who has thrown the world into turmoil, his foul creations besieging the forces of good.

Have the streams face to face = v bad, Combine the streams = v good

Players will be able to combine the elements to cast spells, wreaking havoc and devastation on the minions of darkness. They will also be able to team up with friends and fight their way through the campaign, or test their skills in the magickal arts through other challenging modes.

In Magicka, up to four players take on a grand adventure to save their world from certain doom using a fully dynamic spell system. The adventure mode takes the players across three different levels, ranging from the lush forests of mountain valleys to the frozen halls of the Mountain King where wits and creative thinking are the keys to victory.

In the unlockable hardcore challenge mode, players fight off waves of enemies to earn their place on local and online leaderboards. ~ Thanks STEAM, couldn’t and didn’t put it better myself.

So how this breaks down is you move around with left clicking the mouse button, right mouse and the space bar cast spells and you also have buttons QWER and ASDF to use to combine different elements. Pressing shift and casting will do an area effect whilst just casting will do a focussed effect. A shift left click will engage melee. It possibly sounds a little complicated but trust me it plays very well.

It's hard to just do 'small spells' when you find a 'doozie'

We all settled down to play last Friday but sadly Rich had 2 foot sparks suddenly shooting from his fuse box so he thought it a good idea to turn off his electric… That left me, Andy and Jase to attempt to save the world from an evil mage (again). Playing was cool obviously. At first my approach consisted of calculated focused shots and the odd area of effect spell for the good of the group. Sadly this changed as the beers flowed. Well I could put it down to the beers but I’d like to think it was the increased volume of enemies that flipped a switch inside me which clearly said;

Kill them, kill them all…

Which I then proceeded to do with great gusto. Andy and Jase were there ever patient selves adopting the ‘Let clay go first’ attitude which helped the survival of the group enormously. I found out today that there will be a Magicka: Vietnam add on! Strange but true, check out the movie;

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jase March 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Another value added tactic for the “Clay Factor” we found was the shield you can cast on your self, which not only stops each others ludicrously powered spells from killing you out right, it can cause the “Lightning Canon” spell to bend round corners…

Anyway we *MUST* try the Nam add-on!

Clayton March 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

haha! yeah for sure, doubt it’ll be expensive :)

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