Recently got my hands on a Hearthstone beta key and have been playing it for a bit since.
If you haven’t heard yet, Hearthstone is a CCG (Collectible Card Game) by Blizzard, the same folks who did other popular titles like Diablo and World of Warcraft. Hearthstone borrows some characters and elements from the latter. It isn’t subtitled “Heroes of Warcraft” for nothing after all. The game opens with a bunch of tutorial levels, after which you can defeat AI controlled Heros to unlock them and some of their cards. And once you think you’re up for it, you can take your custom deck (or use a default one) and mach yourself against actual people.
Never been very “into” CCGs, but no denying they’re fun to play. That being said, I’m not particularly good at them. Sure I’ve only just started playing, but so far I’ve lost four PvP matches, without winning a single one. Guess it takes a couple losses for the matchmaking system to recognize how baby-tier my skills are? Eh, guess I need to read up on a bunch of things if I want to take it more seriously. There’s a couple quirks I noticed, behavior you wouldn’t expect, and I think getting to know those little tricky bits is a good start. Or, you know, a more general look on the “do”s and “don’t”s.
The game plays really well. Super juicy. Summoning strong minions causes the playfield to quake, and the audience to gasp. Sometimes there’s also a bit of applause if you land a couple of strong, carefully planned hits on your opponent. And while you’re waiting them to make their move, you can interact with the board as if it were a tiny world of its own. Nothing more fun than wrecking the ancient statue on your opponent’s side of the field after they outplayed you.
Really satisfying to play, can’t wait to get better.