I just have to say: If I was going to recommend this game, it would be a hell of a challenge at the moment!
Much like the other Duels of the planeswalkers games, I can find ways to get fun out of it. But this one makes it quite a bit
more difficult then the others I have played!
Now to what I like and dislike about this.
Positive: You can build your own decks: This has its enjoyable moments and it feels good to "Build" your own deck as-well as
having freedom to do what you want and use or add what-ever colour you feel like! so long as you have the right cards of course. It was also good for them to do Tutorials before jumping you right into the decks and give you a chance to understand what the colours do!
Negative: The starting deck experience I thought was fine at first. But you eventually realise that the starting deck you get is just garbage and can't really compete against half the decks reliably. It doesn't help that the cards you get almost feel like they are intentionally designed to not help your deck (I'll get to that later)
Negative 2: Be careful what Starting colour you pick, because you cannot change once you accept it! You can build others yes, but good luck with that!
Positive: I really like that they have done it much like MTG in real life (Bunch of commons, 3 uncommons and a rare or mythic rare!) the mystery of the boosters is always something I am a fan of. It is also nice that you get a booster everytime you finish a campaign mission (Not sure about Multiplayer; haven't touched it yet)
Negative: As much as I like the mystery of the cards, I swear it is Designed to NOT pick cards for your starting deck! the amount of cards from boosters I have gotten that have been every colour BUT Blue white (Which is the starting deck I chose) Is a bit silly now! This
does makes me guess they done it for the next Negative...
Negative2: PAYWALL, GUYS! PAYWALL! This I was originally worried about because we already pay money for the bloody game, and it feels like you're forced to pay more, Which is just bad design! I did by two just to see a difference. Thankfully I just got draws I couldn't use, because that is exactly what I needed (Insert Sarcasm here!)
Positive: The menus and the game over-all game looks nicer and more modernised! It is good to look at and easy to find most things.
Positive: When actually playing the game, everything not only looks better and is easier to see but they made it more interactive. It was a cool Idea that the Environment actually shifts tone and the battlefield gets modified as-well as some other minor things which is just neat to look at!
Negative: As much as I like the look of the menus... They couldn't make it more annoying to work with! In a nutshell, you can only look at one thing at a time (Single player, multiplayer, decks, shops ect..) and when things are locked off, it doesn't allow you to look at them AT ALL! It is especially annoying in the Deck area, where you can see these different decks, but cannot get a clue of WHAT THEY ARE!
Negative 2: This isn't really a visual thing, but it kinda does fit in. TRANSITIONS! And boy do they like making you look at fading white fog with a white background... Slowly! If they didn't take so bloody long, they would actually be pretty cool and would fit well with the theming of 2015. But no, they had to be unusually slow and annoying to watch! You even have to stare at the start menu! "Yes, they must look at our glorious 'Enter game' button" A Genius developer said (Insert Sarcasm here)
(NOTE: I haven't done multiplayer yet, only single player, so I wont judge the game there)
Positive: Because of the ability to properly make your own deck, the game has that extra level of enjoyment. It is that feeling when in real life, you made your first deck away from a starter deck and won against one of your friends (Which is a fun ♥♥♥ feeling!)
Positive: I don't know if I am frequently lucky or not. but it feels like the drawing system is more designed so you actually get cards you can use so you can actually play the game! I do know from the previous DotP games that you can quite oftenly just draw abysmally and you'd be better off leave or restart half the games you play.
Negative (This is campaign exclusive) : I have grown to really hate the campaign in this one! It isn't like the others where they add some stupid mechanic that you have to get a good draw to beat it.. That still exists, but from the ones I've seen, they are at-least acceptable and only slightly annoying. What is annoying that relates to that is the AI drawing the same cards, or always having the same cards. This would be fine if the deck you were given and the boosters weren't so bad that you likely can't do a thing about what they do. I'm almost content to not play the singleplayer at all because of it!
I can say for a time you will get enjoyment out of this game much like the others. How long that lasts, will likely depend on how full your wallet is... or your Patience to tolerate some of the issues this game has.
It does sadden me a little, because I was looking forward to the boosters, the deck building and just a freash change from the usual DotP Formula. It is just a classic case of "Taking one step forward, but two steps back" Which is really unfortunate.
Thank you for reading my Rambling! Hopefully I did well for a first review on Steam!