This game is AWESOME. It has just the exclusivity that PS3 owners need to differentiate themselves from those other consoles.
I spent a lot of time researching this slowly emerging game and it took me a lot of digging to find the facts,- but it wasnt long before I was compulsed to drive 50 miles & grab a copy.
The aim of the game is to set up the 9 grid board and capture any 5 squares by summoning creatures and spells using your hand of cards which you place on the squares... Your opponent also has the same aim so you have to be very strategical with which units you place and when. Each unit can attack and defend from different directions so you play off your oppenent by exploiting these. Not only this - but each square represents terrain and your placed units get bonuses or penalties based on where you place them as well as each card having it's own abilities. This all adds up to make some mind twistingly great strategy although there is a dash of luck as well. Once you know how to play, you will be thinking very long and hard about your next move and it's great seeing strategies pay off.
What lets it down slightly is:
-The play matt is a lowsy piece of cloth which rucks up when you place the cards (improved by ironing first)unless you are very careful.
-The tutorial is the most droning load of drivvle and confused me more than anything so I just learnt how to play myself.
-The heavy metal soundtrack becomes a touch repetitive.
-US version is half the price but i would still say £60 is well worth it.
-Manual only provides the basics so you'll probably find yourself on forums looking to find answers for some of the advanced elements of the game.
Now for the good points:
-There is a massive amount to learn once you get to grips with this game which is what makes it so riveting. Ive had it for a week now and im still learning different things about it which make you use a different strategy.
-The way the camera reads the cards and puts a 3d character on the screen is fantastic and so so innovative.
-You get a starter deck of 30 cards but you can buy random booster packs to get you more units/spells (110 available). Some theme packs are available which give the same as booster packs but are biased towards certain ranges of units. BEWARE!- This can get expensive if you become obsessive about collecting them all!
-Free online multiplayer (with ranked option) so you and your friends can all discuss your next move.
-You can play a friend or the computer which makes a nice change from vegging in front of the sofa.
-Millions of strategies to use which make this a game for life.
Ive never played card games before but Ive got to say this is a fantastic innovation and will hopefully lead to all sorts of expansions. If you are a ps3 owner at a loose end who loves turn based strategy then this is definately for you. I couldnt recommend it more.