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?

  • just a (possibly) helpful comment - the new Magicka: Vietnam DLC is out now so you have another reason to play co-op! :)
    – Alex
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 14:24
  • @Alex Are there new co-op features in Magicka : Vietnam DLC?
    – Drake
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 14:34
  • don't think so...it'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
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 16:30
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    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
    Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 1:42
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    @Peter Oh yes, we tried yesterday evening. It was hilarious! One of the best hours spent in game, in recent times.
    – Drake
    Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 7:10

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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.

  • Well, it was worth it given how you dragged me and Tom singlehandedly through the first four chapters!
    – badp
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 7:46
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    @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. Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 7:50

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


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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