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What are the differences in terms of story and gameplay between single player and co-op?

A friend and I have just bought Magicka and we are wondering if we should start play in single first or if we can immediatly start play in multiplayer?

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just a (possibly) helpful comment - the new Magicka: Vietnam DLC is out now so you have another reason to play co-op! :) – Alex Apr 13 '11 at 14:24
@Alex Are there new co-op features in Magicka : Vietnam DLC? – Drake Apr 13 '11 at 14:34
don't think's already got 4-player co-op, I don't think there are new spells or elements, but I'm not sure so I'd check out some previews if I were you – Alex Apr 13 '11 at 16:30
A lot of the charm of Magicka, in my experience, is when you and your co-op partner(s) keep accidentally blowing each other up because of your inexpert beam crossing, mine laying, and thunderbolting. Why ruin that by getting good first? – PeterL Apr 14 '11 at 1:42
@Peter Oh yes, we tried yesterday evening. It was hilarious! One of the best hours spent in game, in recent times. – Drake Apr 14 '11 at 7:10
up vote 12 down vote accepted

The campaign is the same in single player and co-op. There is no reason to play alone first, just start co-op directly.

The game is also better balanced in co-op, IMHO. Single player can get pretty frustrating at times.

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Well, it was worth it given how you dragged me and Tom singlehandedly through the first four chapters! – badp Apr 13 '11 at 7:46
@fail It's just far less frustrating if your teammates can just revive you, instead of having to restart from a far away checkpoint every time you die. – Mad Scientist Apr 13 '11 at 7:50

So far as I've seen, co-op adventure mode is identical to single player.

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It's the same as mentioned before.

I wouldn't start in single player, you lack the fun of co-op if you do so... also when playing in co-op, you can do some cool stuff you can't in single player. For example you can cross a water-beam with an electric beam which causes an explosion at the place where the beams cross. Try doing that when you're alone :)

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