What is Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers?
Magic 2015 - Duels of the Planeswalkers is based on the best-selling collectible card game "Magic: The Gathering". Like in each PC instance, with the exception of Magic The Gathering Online, the rules are dumbed down and a pre-set of cards is given to make the game appeal to more casual gamers that don't want to invest hundreds of dollars and still play with nice decks against each others.
The basics of the game are explained in my review for Magic 2014, so please look there, including the comments section:http://steamcommunity.com/id/gog-protoss/recommended/213850
What are the differences between Magic 2014 and Magic 2015 then?
Well, first of all you can now freely build your deck from a given card pool for which you can unlock booster packs by winning games or paying real money. While it doesn't sound bad at first, two factors greatly diminish the value of this novelty to the DOTP series: First of all the card selection is horrible, several combo cards are added without their counterparts, making it difficult to build a good deck. Second, some cards are real-money exclusive, which requires around 16 Euro to unlock all so-called "premium" booster packs.
The multiplayer experience suffered greatly by the exclusion of the Two-Headed Giant mode where two players could play against two other players cooperative. Another removed mode is the puzzle mode where you could solve 10 puzzles, i.e. pre-given positions where you had to defeat the opponent. Instead a forced tutorial was added that goes over one full act, only afterwards are you allowed to get an own deck, and only after the next act to freely build your deck. This horrible design choice leads you to having to play through the first part of the game with the starter deck which you can't exchange for another starter deck. Those decks, of course, have misleading descriptions.
As for achievements, most are nicely done again, only the 100 multiplayer wins are a very bad achievement, since without the Two-Headed Giant mode there is no real incentive to play multiplayer with not fun decks against other people with not fun decks. The 1v1 battles for that achievement should be done with a friend, ensuring you also can get other achievements easily.
Another thing that really bugs me is that although the title is "Magic 2015" the signature cards of that addon are not included in this game - Waste Not would have been a real addition to the game, allowing for really cool effects. Instead you have cards you either know from the older games or that don't have much synergy. You want to create a deck of your style? No good mill, no good burn, no good anything - a green-white token deck or red-blue control deck without any real opportunity to draw cards is the highest of feelings you can get.
On the positive side, several new effects were implemented, such as multicolor lands (finally!) and Monstrosity. And as the title says, planeswalkers are... wait... still not implemented!
Recommended: Play inofficial mods for Magic 2014 instead, and do your own deckbuilding with inofficial tools there. Many effects of Magic 2015 are already possible there, although quality varies. And yes, you CAN have planeswalkers with unofficial mods in Magic 2014!
Even as a die-hard DOTP fan, I can't recommend Magic 2015!