Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion Review

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Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Hasbro)
Developer: Stainless Games

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, video card with 256 MB VRAM, 700 MB HD space, Windows XP service pack 3 or more recent operating system

This last summer, Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 brought an updated version of Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering collectible card game to the PC and consoles. That game, itself an update of Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers, introduced the new "Archenemy" style of play and included ten decks. For another $5, the Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion adds three more playable decks and an expansion campaign.

Kyle Ackerman

The Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion is a simple proposition. You want three more decks for five bucks? Before you think too hard, understand that one of those decks will let you kick ass as the Archenemy in the game's Archenemy mode. Yeah, it's fairly priced downloadable content, and you'll want the decks if you choose to play Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 online.

The hallmark deck in the Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion is that of Liliana Vess. This is a discard deck in black, complete with "The Rack," "Hypnotic Specter" and "Mind Rot." A classic paradigm, this is an awesome deck, especially once all the cards are unlocked. Discard is fun to play, especially when the deck hits its stride, but it's never fun to play against. When a discard deck works, it takes away all the opponent's cards, meaning that the other person isn't playing. This makes Liliana Vess' deck awesome as the Archenemy, and no fun whatsoever when playing against an Archenemy playing as Vess. In that case, I often found myself watching idly from the sidelines.

The Ajanai Goldmane deck is a green and white deck that relies on casting auras and cards that synergize with aura casting. It's a solid deck with a strong theme. Equally, Ral Zarek's "Cloudburst" deck combines red and blue cards to offer storm themed spells and creatures, balancing fast red damage with strong blue creatures and clever spells. Both are good decks that offer new choices without unbalancing the game or making the opposing play painful.

The final serious addition to the game brought by the Magic: The Gathering 2012 - Expansion is the ability to play as the Archenemy against three AI opponents. The expansion campaign offers one-on-one battles against the three new decks, as well as an extensive campaign casting the player as the Archenemy. These are easy to win quickly, especially with Liliana Vess' deck, but add several hours of play to the Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 experience.

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