Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Dec 20, 2018
    One of the best digital card games ever released, with the caveat that even with so many great selling points, it's also an incredible investment in time and brain power to get to a point of competency.
  2. Dec 12, 2018
    Artifact is a challenging, deep, and surprisingly approachable card game that breaks many of the conventions I’ve come to expect from the genre. That mechanical bliss is complemented by countless Easter eggs and detailed lore, but I am starting to miss a more meaningful progression system to keep me engaged long term. Its physical card game model has ended up being one of the more reasonable around, and the completely level playing field of Draft mode is so fun it’s worth the price of admission even if you don’t want to spend another cent.
  3. Dec 5, 2018
    Artifact pulls a ton of flavor from Dota 2, but it’s not necessarily a game for Dota 2 players. Artifact is instead a highly cerebral card game of push and pull, with intense resource allocation and randomization management. Artifact is absolutely not for everyone, but it excels at creating a crazy strategy cocktail pulling from every bottle on the shelf. For card game fans, Artifact is not to be missed.
  4. Nov 28, 2018
    It is for people who enjoy card games with an incredible set of fair and unique mechanics that reward out-playing your opponent over luck and randomness. And while it may be based on Dota 2, with a lot to love for its fans, knowledge of the Heroes or universe is in no way needed to enjoy Artifact. All you'll need is $20 and an open and creative mind.
  5. CD-Action
    Feb 6, 2019
    Innovative mechanics designed by Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering), rules that you can grasp after just a couple of minutes, clear interface – Artifact is a great game. It’s a shame that it’s huge esports potential can be squandered, because Valve doesn’t seem to care for it enough to implement progression systems, leagues, rankings or means to comfortably communicate with rivals outside an invitation-only friendly tournament. [01/2019, p.58]
  6. Dec 9, 2018
    Once you manage to overcome this impressive rock, however, the game experience becomes satisfying, fascinating and satisfying. Valve, in short, has embarked with knowledge of a difficult road, tortuous and uphill compared to competitors, now we must see if the community will be on his side. Artifact, we repeat, proposes a challenge that is not suitable for everyone.
  7. Dec 6, 2018
    It would be nice to see some more extensive options for those wanting to play by themselves or in non-competitive settings, but beyond that, Artifact is a great showing.
  8. Dec 5, 2018
    Building the best decks will cost you, but Artifact is an intricate and rewarding card game.
  9. Dec 3, 2018
    Artifact is a marvelous Trading Card Game with deep mechanics and beautiful art style. You might be upset for the businness model, but the gameplay it's an absolute gem.
  10. Nov 29, 2018
    Robust tactics and elegant design ensure Artifact’s often sublime strategy isn’t complex. But a lack of long-term goals and a risky monetisation strategy leaves the game’s future feeling uncertain.
  11. Dec 3, 2018
    Artifact is as hard-core as Dota2 and you might feel exhausted when you finish a single round which usually would last half an hour. The greedy economy system is lacking in long-term reward and it gives players no choice but to spend more and more money. But despite all those flaws, Artifact is also an innovative game which fuses basic MOBA mechanics and TCG rules together, and those elements actually work well. It's still full of potential.
  12. Mar 5, 2019
    Complex and challenging card game, but with some fundamental flaws and bad monetization system that basically killed the game even before it went out.
  13. Dec 12, 2018
    The game offers a great experience with an intense concept. The input mapping is hard to handle at first but offers, with a controller, everything you can do with keyboard and mouse. Sadly, the game suffers from technical issues, especially clipping and framerate capping.
  14. Dec 14, 2018
    Artifact is one of the most polished digital card games available. The game’s multi-lane mechanics bring MOBA elements into card game form, providing challenging strategic gameplay. Valve still has a way to go to prove Artifact’s long-term viability though due to its lack of a progression system and ranked modes.
  15. Dec 4, 2018
    CCG fans looking to sink their teeth into some juicy tactical complexity should consider giving Artifact a try.
  16. Nov 30, 2018
    Artifact feels like the MOBA of card games, in more ways than one. There's just as much strategy, just as much variety, just as many resources to manage, and it's just as challenging.
  17. Nov 30, 2018
    I desperately wanted to enjoy Artifact, but it currently stands as a monument to the flaws of early CCG design. It’s random, it’s expensive, and it does a horrible job of teaching players both basic gameplay and high-level strategy.
  18. Jan 15, 2019
    In theory, a brilliant card game for a demanding audience. In reality, a concept heavily damaged by bad balancing and a truly terrible monetization system. It may yet prove to be a success in the future - but right now, this is a game for wealthy masochists only.
  19. Dec 8, 2018
    Can you separate a game’s design from its business model? In the case of Artifact, that’s a resounding no. Both are broken. In a market of pay-to-play, Artifact is pay-to-pay. Skill matters, but the strongest card is your credit card.
  20. Dec 11, 2018
    There are no reasons why you should buy this game, unless you are the biggest Dota 2 fan in the world.
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  1. Nov 28, 2018
    Artifact is deep, innovative, and complex. It’s taxing at times to play, and demands investment, in learning, playing, and fielding a deck. The economy is likely to scare off players who don’t want to buy a game, then pay again for more cards. Artifact is daunting. But if you’re willing to take the time and delve into it, Artifact can be intensely rewarding. It’s not for everyone, but for the deck-building, number-crunching card nerds like me, it’s something you need to see.
  2. There’s a special appeal, too, for Dota players. It’s remarkable how effectively Artifact captures the structure of a Dota game, where semi-isolated struggles build to climactic battles that see every hero converge on the same lane. Though not always: Artifact’s well of possible situations runs deep, offering variety where other CCGs dry up.
  3. Dec 13, 2018
    That, in the end, is Artifact in its iron heart: a machine for capturing metagames.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 579 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 579
  1. Dec 1, 2018
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    -Casino Simulator
    -not half life 3 -Pay2Win - no achievements - no steam cards - no daily challenge - Axe Axe Axe Axe
    -Donate Simulator
    -Casino Simulator
    -not half life 3
    - no achievements
    - no steam cards
    - no daily challenge
    - Axe Axe Axe Axe Axe
    -30 min+ for 1 match

    +its not fallout 76
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  2. Dec 1, 2018
    Это ужасно. Я зарегистрировался на этом сайте ради этого отзыва. Я купил игру за 1500 рублей и получил тонну негатива. Баланса нет, донатЭто ужасно. Я зарегистрировался на этом сайте ради этого отзыва. Я купил игру за 1500 рублей и получил тонну негатива. Баланса нет, донат везде и всюду. Чтобы выигрывать, нужны нормальные колоды, которые не собрать без доната никак, про рейтинг забудьте. Ежедневных или еженедельных заданий нет ,как в гвинте и хс, поэтому на карты вы не выбьете и не получите задротством, а только донатом. Это отродье не должно существовать. Мечатю о том, чтобы валв в один день сказали что это пранк и вернули всем деньги, Досих пор настроение испорчено. Full Review »
  3. Nov 28, 2018
    Awful gambling-based economy. Other card games relying on gambling as a card acquisition mechanic doesn't mean it's an acceptable model.