As always, a huge shout out to the ladies and gentlemen over at Versus Evil and everyone involved with Faeria for tossing me a copy of this one. I don’t play many card games these days but I do enjoy jumping back in.
So just to give some background, I spent thousands of hours as a kid and in my early 20’s playing Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh. This was back when Shadows just came out in magic and Yu-Gi-Oh still didn’t have synchro monsters yet. But then I had kids and it became to time consuming and expensive to play.
I mention that because I feel it’s important to know going in when I say this is essentially a more interactive MTG (Magic the Gathering) I say it from experience. Sure it’s easier to pick up and matches are shorter, but each turn you will out down land if different types and creatures to defend your hero. The lands include things like water and plains and you will need X amount of it before you can play certain cards.
The real strategy and interactive part is instead of putting these lands down to spend you also have to make a path to the enemy side of the field, and while you can walk across the opponents land cards, you can only summon creatures on your land and only on their type, so you can’t toss your fire creature on top of their mountains or your own water.
There are also special pieces of land that are simply there for either side to stand a creature by to get you more power to summon with every turn, and you have to decide are you going to go for those and attempt to deny them to your opponent or are you going to go straight for the kill? Neither strategy is wrong and I have successfully used both and had both used against me with great efficiency.
The game is also happily not pay to win or even pay to play. The DLC doesn’t seem to be a requirement, I don’t have it and never felt I was at a disadvantage beyond someone clearly just being better at the game than I am or simply having better cards because I hadn’t learned how to truly build a deck yet.
There are quite a few card games out there, but if you want a MTG type game on console, this is it. It is well done, never felt pay to win for me and you can play a quick 10 minute match or play for hours and that’s all I ask. The DLC is a little expensive for my taste considering I don’t know what it adds however and it seems like it is split up into smaller groups to make some money which I do understand, but for me it did take away from the experience. For me it’s a 7/10 because of it, but it wouldn’t stop me from buying or enjoying it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods being you glory.