Huuuuuge dissapointment. I adore magic, I play IRL as well as owning PC 2014 and 2013. I was hoping that 2015 would be more of the same (if it aint broke...) but sadly it's really not. It's trying to emulate IRL magic by allowing you to make your own decks from scratch. That wouldn't be so bad if it was an added extra to the decks you get from the base game.
Unfortunately, at the end of the tutorial boss (which you have
to play, there's no choice to skip it) you pick a deck from the list. A list which tells you nothing bar maybe the colour of what you'll be choosing. Aaaaand, that's it. That's the only deck you get.
From that point on, you earn cards through playing the game. Each time you win, you get a booster. But you'll get stuck pretty sharpish as your starter deck won't effective against certain planeswalker decks (Eg; Your deck is black zombie based, and the Planeswalker is white prot. from black), and you won't have enough boosters to make a deck sooo...... Microtransactions.
In the other two PC magic games I own, you can buy extra decks for under £1 and they give you enough flexibility to modify existing decks and do on. In this one, you pay £3.99 for a booster which has all the cards from a certain plane. So.... you get a poor amount of really average cards from which to try and build a deck to use. Inevitably ending in a terrible deck. The whole point of being able to make a deck from scratch is that you can choose what it does (milling deck, white weenie, green monsters, graveyard based....). And you CAN'T do that in this game. You just can't. So you just build sub-par decks from boosters with no ability to try and get specific cards like you can IRL, so the whole thing is rendered entirely pointless.
As another point, the campaign is MUCH shorter than the two previous versions. I guess they thought they'd get away with it considering that the game is almost impossible without spending a fortune in microtransactions? Sure, that really stretches a game out. Making them too skint to play it properly.
Another issue, the menu's are terrible. All very pretty, sure, but a total s**t to navigate. Just quitting the campaign to get back to desktop involves going through 5 different menus. Madness.
Big thumbs down, I'm very disappointed.