If you’re a PC gamer and you haven’t played Magicka yet, you’re doing yourself an immense disservice. Magicka, a title from Arrowhead Games, does not have a particularly deep story or narrative. It draws lightly from Norse mythology, but largely it’s one great big wizardly joke. It’s a frantic top-down adventure game where you create hundreds of different spells by combining eight basic elements. Some of the spells are extremely useful. Some of them are a disaster. Friendly fire is always enabled, so playing multiplayer with your friends becomes an increasingly chaotic experience. In Magicka, chaos is fun. It had an extremely buggy launch, but most of those issues have been smoothed over and the game is absolutely wonderful.
Very recently, Arrowhead Games made the deal even sweeter and announced Magicka: Vietnam. Wizards in ‘nam. Magicka: Vietnam is either going to be one of the most offensive gaming experiences of 2011 or, if done properly, will be one of the most enjoyable. Magicka‘s light-hearted tone certainly seems well-suited to tackling that sort of content. Vietnam, to some extent, is still a topic that is off-limits unless you’re an FPS game. It is one of the few true American disasters in recent history (from an American POV, naturally) and so it can be a touchy subject. Magicka is taking a “nothing is sacred” approach to its gameplay, so it may be able to pull it off.
Either way, Magicka is currently $9.99 on Steam and I highly recommend it. I can guarantee that you will have fun playing it.