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To play the Magicka campaign in co-op mode, do we need to buy a copy each, or is one enough?

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You can play locally with one copy of the game, one person playing on keyboard and 3 on gamepads.

According to the Wiki:

Magicka is rather unique in its handling of multiple players. Up to 4 players can either connect via a network, or directly on one machine using a USB Gamepad.

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Magicka with joysticks? That doesn't sound like it'd be fun. –  lunboks Sep 1 '11 at 16:40
    
@lunboks Unfortunately it is not very easy to cast complex spells, but its doable with practice. The keyboard provides a better playing experience. –  RedDragon23 Sep 1 '11 at 16:41
    
@lunboks Sorry, english is not my main language and looks like joysticks are a specific kind of gamepads, those which are even harder to play with. I corrected the answer. –  RedDragon23 Sep 1 '11 at 16:54
    
Thanks! What kind of gamepads work? Most posts just say "gamepads". –  user7220 Sep 1 '11 at 16:54
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I completed the campaign with three players, we used PS3 controllers with MotionInJoy set to emulate x360-controllers. The game is quite playable, although spellcasting is noticeably slower than with a keyboard since you use the right thumbstick for selecting elements (which works a lot better than it sounds, to be fair). I'd still recommend you give it a go, playing the game with more than two people on a couch more than makes up for the slower controls. –  Tzarium Sep 2 '11 at 7:44

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