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  • Summary: A collaboration between legendary game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact promises the deepest gameplay and the highest-fidelity experience ever seen in a trading card game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Dec 20, 2018
    90
    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 5, 2018
    85
    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.
  3. Nov 29, 2018
    80
    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.
  4. CD-Action
    Feb 6, 2019
    80
    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]
  5. Dec 12, 2018
    75
    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.
  6. Dec 4, 2018
    70
    CCG fans looking to sink their teeth into some juicy tactical complexity should consider giving Artifact a try.
  7. Dec 11, 2018
    30
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 167
  1. Jan 21, 2019
    10
    Best card game ever played and still it has a good potential. Big thanks and good luck to developers.
  2. Nov 28, 2018
    10
    Artifact is probably the best card game out there beating out uno, and cards against humanity
  3. Nov 28, 2018
    4
    This game could have been a real interesting competitor to HS / MTG Arena / Eternal but unfortunately it cripples itself with pay-to-win,This game could have been a real interesting competitor to HS / MTG Arena / Eternal but unfortunately it cripples itself with pay-to-win, total lack of progression system, and a real focus on gambling as the core mechanic. This game is interesting if physical MTG was your only competitor but cardgames are a crowded space and I don't see how I could justify any more $s on this game.

    It is a real pity because their are positives. They really looked to innovate on the core card game formula and that should be worth a few points just by itself.
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  4. Dec 10, 2018
    0
    Total P2W garbage. To have a good deck u need to pay 50$. Disgusting, Valve, look at CDPR and learn.
  5. Nov 29, 2018
    0
    The premise of the game is good but the actual gameplay is both somewhat monotonous and overly luck based.

    Combined with a new monetization
    The premise of the game is good but the actual gameplay is both somewhat monotonous and overly luck based.

    Combined with a new monetization model that is Pay2Pay2Win made me get turned off this game. Wish I could have refunded it but they've smartly done it so that's not possible.
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  6. Nov 28, 2018
    0
    I really wish I could give this game a higher score. It is very fun to play, and has all the hallmarks of Valve's insane amount of polish.I really wish I could give this game a higher score. It is very fun to play, and has all the hallmarks of Valve's insane amount of polish. It's very skill-based and enjoyable.

    But then there's the monetization. First you buy the game. That's fine. Then you buy packs containing a lot of duplicates. Sure you can sell them on the Steam Marketplace, but they are only worth a penny since the rare - and good - cards that everyone wants are the only ones people are looking for. At upwards of $30 for a single good card (like Axe), this absolutely reeks of pay-to-win. If this game instead had a way for everyone to be on a level playing field, but also allowed monetization on the side (such as opening packs for a chance of foil cards, which would be ultra-rare and high-value), it would be less on the nose and less offensive. Other digital TCG's, such as hearthstone, also have annoying monetization schemes, but with one key difference - there is a way to get card packs while playing, albeit slowly. This means that theoretically, everyone is on an even playing field since given enough playtime, everyone can eventually get all the needed cards. This game doesn't offer that, and as such has no way for any player to get any needed cards without paying - either through the market, or through card packs.

    I honestly believe that this game's overall legacy, longevity, competitiveness, and overall quality are all being effected by a system which is, at it's core fundamental level, worthless and adds nothing to an otherwise amazing game.

    It's a real shame, since it's obvious Valve put a lot of effort and polish into this, but tying the good cards to rarity seems to completely undermine the skill and balance of the game at it's core, something I expected from a lesser company. This is egregious, and unfortunate.
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  7. Nov 29, 2018
    0
    EN:
    It's just some piece of junk! There is no complex 3D environment, however, the game is insanely slow on my laptop, on which I can
    EN:
    It's just some piece of junk! There is no complex 3D environment, however, the game is insanely slow on my laptop, on which I can normally play, for example, in a much more complex "Witcher 3". By default, the game starts at the maximum resolution (which is 4K). In order to improve performance, I decided to try to reduce the resolution, but the game does not have a full-screen mode. So, it launched in a small window on 1/4 of the screen. It is impossible to see anything on such a little screen. Can't use this! Wasted money. And can't get my money back. Thanks Valve for this disaster!

    RU: Это просто какой-то кусок дерьма. В игре нет никакого сложного 3D-окружения, однако игра тормозит у меня на ноутбуке, на котором прекрасно идет даже Ведьмак 3. А знаете почему? Потому что в игре нельзя поменять разрешение. У меня 4К дисплей на ноутбуке и игра запускается в этом разрешении. При попытке уменьшить разрешения до 2К, например, игра запускается в окне. У нее нет полноэкранного режима! Это нонсенс! В итоге, у меня игра показывается на четверть экрана и всё настолько мелкое, что прочитать ничего невозможно. Полный бред. Зря выкинутые деньги. Не покупайте это дерьмо. Я запросил возврат средств, при том, что соблюдены все условия, я играл меньше 2 часов, я не трогал внутриигровые предметы. Но мне было отказано. Видимо, слишком много кто пытается вернуть деньги за эту поделку и они устали возвращать.
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