Magicka: Vietnam

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Magicka: The Stars are Left DLC adds new campaign levels, robes and monsters, out now

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The Stars are Left adds several sinister new campaign missions to Magicka, complete with tentacled Lovecraftian bosses, new enemies and new outfits. The pack also comes with a couple of challenge maps and there's a new trailer, which may be the first H. P. Lovecraft/film noir comedy crossover film ever made. Hopefully it's not the last. The Stars are Left is available now for £3.99 / $5.99 on Steam and Gamersate.


Play Magicka for free on Steam this weekend

Henry Winchester at

‘Tis a grand weekend for indie gaming on Steam. In addition to the Super Meat Boy Pack, bonkers co-op RPG Magicka is free until 9pm on Sunday, and, yes, developers Arrowhead Game Studios have fixed most of the bugs. There’s also a wizard’s sleeve worth of offers on Steam, including Magicka itself for £1.99, a four-pack for you and three chums for £5.99, and the Magicka Collection - including all DLC - for £4.24. Magic!

Just go here to download it.


Magicka PvP mode out now, new arenas and robes available

Tom Senior at

If you read Arrowhead Game's Magicka dev diary right here on PCGamer.com yesterday, you'll know that the free PvP is out now. However, you might have have missed the Tarantino inspired trailer. It shows just one way in which wizards can fall out. The other is just to play Magicka's story mode, where friendly fire kills almost as many wizards as the hordes of enemies you're trying to obliterate.

The PvP mode comes with free two arenas, the Training Ground and the Havindir Arena. Each can host scraps with three different rule-sets. Classic deathmatch is a fiery free-for-all mode in which the last wizard standing wins. Brawl mode lets you form teams, but limits each player to a set number of lives. Krietor mode unlocks more powerful spells as the round progresses, and is named after the modder who invented it.


Magicka: Vietnam review

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A helicopter lands in a jungle glade and four wizards jump out. A vampire in aviator shades leans out of the chopper: “Oogle blurble barble ’Nam!” he says. The wizards, wearing helmets and flack jackets over their robes, nod to each other and charge off into the jungle. Magicka: Vietnam’s first moments set the scene nicely for the madness to come.

Magicka’s first expansion throws your pint sized combat-mages into a fantastical version of the Vietnam War, in which the Vietcong are replaced by gun-toting goblins, and the US forces by a team of one to four psychotic wizards. There’s a rescue mission and a survival arena to battle through, both of which ask the important question: what’s best, magic, or bullets?


Magicka: Nippon DLC adds samurai sword and hat for TF2, half of proceeds to go to charity

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A charitable crumb of DLC has been released for Magicka. The Nippon DLC adds a katana that cuts through armour, a bamboo stave that wards off elemental attacks, and a kimono robe for your wizards. Half of all revenue will be donated to the Japan Relief Support program to help victims of the Japan earthquake. The DLC costs $1 / 59p and comes with a bonus wizard's cowl for the Demoman in Team Fortress 2 if you buy before June 5. You can buy the Nippon pack now on Steam.


Magicka vote to decide free challenge map

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Paradox are releasing two new survival challenge maps for Magicka. One will be free, the other will cost $1.99. Players get to decide which map will go free in a poll on the Magicka Facebook page. RPS pointed us towards the video above, which shows off the two maps on offer. Paradox say they're set to come out on April 26 "without requiring so much as a single potato."

If you want to stand a better chance of beating the new maps, you might want to take a look at our overview of Magicka's most spectacular spells.


Magicka's best spells

Tom Hatfield at

Magicka: Vietnam was released last week, and we love it. The best part is the glorious union of guns and spells, and the experimentation that comes from combining different elements into spectacular new magics. We've gathered ten of the most explosive, useful and entertaining spells we could find.


The Sunday Video Pwn

Matt Purslow at

Two new Duke Nukem trailers hit the web this week. One covers the history of one of PC gaming's most recognisable characters, but it's the above video that had me scratching my chin the most. Duke Nukem Forever is actually going to get released, which is great, but I cant help but feel that Gearbox are pushing just a little too hard. The above trailer is amusing, but I can't shake the awkward feeling of misogyny that seems to ooze from it. Is pixelated pornography a step too far, or is it just harmless fun? Debate in the comments.


PC Gamer US Podcast #266: Chess Boxing

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Fighting bravely through debilitating illness, Dan takes the PCG Podcast squad into battle this week and orders Evan, Chris, Anthony and guest star Brian Brushwood to charge the news. Topics include Bohemia Interactive's new helicopter sim, CCP's new EVE Online-linked console game, Hawken gameplay impressions, Magicka: Vietnam, yet another co-op zombie shooter, do we care about Max Payne 3 anymore, SOE closings, Truthiness and Falsity, your listener questions and much more!

PC Gamer US Podcast 266: Chess Boxing

Magicka: Vietnam gets release date, price and new screens

Tom Senior at

We haven't heard much about the Magicka expansion, Magicka: Vietnam, since that brilliant announcement trailer a few weeks ago. Now we have a release date, and 12 new screens. Magicka: Vietnam will be out on April 12 and will cost $4.99. You'll find the new screens below, featuring wizards in body armour, machineguns and plenty of napalm.