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With all the buzz around Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering, Ubisoft decided to broaden the audience for its own collectible card game. Might & Magic: Duel of Champions has been out in a free-to-play format on PC and mobile devices since last year. Today, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers can dive in.
Ubisoft has announced a new version of the game, sub-subtitled Forgotten Wars, for Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The $9.99 title includes 30 single-player missions, local competitive play, online play, and 650 cards.
The title does include in-game transactions that allow players to purchase more gold (for acquiring cards), competitive decks, and expansions (of which four are available now). The game includes a full deck-builder, and there are no random packs (what you see is what you get).
The gameplay is similar to the PC and iOS version, but the monetization and progression are different. If you want to see what the gameplay is like before putting down your $10, you can setup a PC or iOS account for free and learn to play.
It takes a special kind of greedy to charge console gamers for a F2P PC game that's been heavily criticised for being pay-to-win.
I would recommend avoiding this unless Ubisoft can justify the $9.99 price tag with significant changes that make playing the game not only viable but also enjoyable for players who don't wish to throw money at it constantly after the initial purchase.
Dammit, if it's not one generic trend it's the other. First we got Mobas then MMOs, FTPs, Indie retro junk and now freaking card games.
Hmmm. Is this worth trying, or should I just stick with Hearthstone?
I was going to get this yesterday, but I wasn't completely sure about it. Guess I'll give the PC version a try and see what I think.