Magicka: The Stars Are Left Goes Noir

Dames, moonlight, robes

Arrowhead tell us that Magicka: The Stars Are Left should be available at online stores later today and to herald the alignment of the code, here is a pleasing video. The familiar robed figures are present but the combination of Lovecraftian and noir stylings makes them all the more entertaining, even if they’re not accidentally blowing one another to wizbits. Before the release of the DLC the game engine received what is described as a “major overhaul”. I haven’t had a chance to test that out yet, though I will be trying out this blasphemous content as soon as I get my claws on it.

It’s the second live action thing today that you are allowed to enjoy, apart from actual things happening in front of your eyes in a non pre-recorded fashion. Oh, I suppose if you really want you can watch and enjoy Double Indemnity later on. Maybe even another film of your choice, but make sure to run it by me first.


  1. Emmanuel says:

    This Games looks really good but I don’t understand the meaning of the trailer.

    • iniudan says:

      Magicka trailer never had meaning they are all parody where all the character are wizard and where some form of sausage appear except in the early infomercial trailer.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      He’s a spambot. He only makes generic random comments. I’m amazed he hasn’t been banned yet.

    • sneetch says:

      Yeah, it’s odd that RPS does nothing about him especially as they’re apparently stealing RPS articles lock, stock and barrel on the site he’s spamming.

      link to
      link to

      Basically don’t go there, it seems to be just a slimy google trap intended to spam ads for miracle weight loss “secrets” that “local moms” discover and big companies apparently don’t want you to know.

    • max pain says:

      Ban the sinner!

  2. simonh says:

    Classic sound effect when he opens the book!

  3. povu says:

    I’m getting a lower framerate since the new Magicka update, not sure what’s up with that.

    Also 0:27 That journal opening sound… Morrrowind’s, isn’t it? :P

    • Gnoupi says:

      Try to play in a window, it tends to help. Not much with raw framerate, with a potential stuttering (at least it works to fix mine).

      About the journal, sounds like, but it’s probably just the actual sound of paper :P

    • povu says:

      It wouldn’t surprise me though, many of the sounds Bethesda used for Morrowind weren’t made by themselves. It has a footstep sound that’s also used in Bloodlines. Probably some sound library somewhere.

    • son_of_montfort says:

      I’ve heard the Daggerfall horse whinny in several different places, including TV shows. I think it came from a general bank of sounds.

    • Stephen Roberts says:

      My favourite sound bank sound is ‘rusty door’. As first heard by myself in Farcry, but featuring in almost any film with a destitute building and door usage. Door sounds pop up everywhere. Here check my blog, left a jar where I chart door sounds and their rise to popularity. Part of me wishes I actually did this.

      Also worth keeping an ear primed for the ‘booh-fwaa’ noise of a Doom one rocket launcher broken into two sounds ‘boohf’ and ‘fwaa’. Usually when some fire engulfs things, or Buffy the Vampire style TV shows have any kind of ‘action’.

    • Kdansky says:

      There is a generic explosion / lightning sound that makes me ragequit games, because it’s used so incredibly often.

  4. unangbangkay says:

    Magicka is the Saints Row of wizard games. Or is Saints Row the Magicka of open-world gangster sims?

  5. julianbenson says:

    Is Cowboys and Aliens OK Adam?

    • Tusque D'Ivoire says:

      The new episodes of Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire? That ok?

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      Adam Smith says:

      Go on then. If you must.

      Particularly Boardwalk Empire. That is most acceptable. In fact, everyone watch that.

    • HothMonster says:

      But Adam I still have two episodes from season one left, do I have to watch the new one?

      And how has anyone waited till Tuesday to watch Sunday’s walking dead, for shame!

    • johnpeat says:

      Boardwalk Empire is a classic example of spending money on poor content…

      Series 1 could have gone 2 ways – it could have been a gangster thing OR it could have been a political thing.

      They went for option b – and the nation snored away – there are far better things to watch.

      Breaking Bad for one – best TV series made in a long, long time…

    • Tyrone Slothrop. says:

      Boardwalk Empire is easily the best show since The Wire and even supersedes it in many respects. Whilst the latter is an unmitigated novelistic and documentary masterpiece, the former is a triumph of a more cinematic nature. Neither achievement is lesser than the other.

      Also there must be a GTA-form game where you play Richard Harrow.

  6. cafe says:

    Another magica dlc? I didn’t know anyone was still playing it…

    • Droopy The Dog says:

      That’s heathen talk!

      *QDW + matchstick*

      PvP is still fun (wizard dueling!) and on an hour a fortnight basis I’m still trying to drag my brother through the original campaign

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  8. westyfield says:

    I don’t understand the title – can someone explain “the stars are left” to me please?

    • NthDegree256 says:

      It’s a play on how Lovecraft’s Cthulhu will awaken “when the stars are right.”

    • sbs says:


    • westyfield says:

      Ah, thanks. I’ve never read any Lovecraft so I’ve no idea what half the stuff in this is.

    • gwathdring says:

      I’m not certain it’s specific to Cthulu. There’s a general pseudo-mystical cliché about things occurring when the planets align and the stars are right. Of course, I wasn’t aware Cthulu in particular arrives when the “stars are right,” and as this is Lovecraft themed that may well be the reason. But for what it’s worth, it works at a more general level as well.

    • Shadram says:

      Most of Lovecraft’s stuff can be summarised as “tentacled horrors from space/another dimension/under the sea/your mum.”

  9. Maldomel says:

    Oh yes! Another brilliant trailer for this brilliant game that I love so much!

    • Skabooga says:

      “Gosh, I’m hungry.”

      These people are great with their sight gags.

  10. Demon Beaver says:

    Hey Adam,
    is Key Largo okay to watch? Thanks

  11. Dominic White says:

    That yellow bastard…

    • Catalyst says:

      I got a definite Sin City vibe from the whole thing as well, even though the lovecraftian references are abundant. I absolutely love what Arrowhead is doing :D

  12. Teronfel says:

    And of course yellow dies again…

  13. jaheira says:

    Can I watch Caprica? It’s not that great to honest, so if you say “No” that’s OK.

  14. Carra says:

    Fun trailer, reminds me of sin city.

  15. Shadram says:

    I’ve got tickets to go see Submarine at the cinema tonight. Is that allowed?
    (Yeah, NZ is far behind you Britishers when it comes to movie releases, but far ahead when it comes to time itself.)

  16. HeavyStorm says:

    This is clearly based on “Ghosts”, by Paul Auster. No, really, I’m sure!

    • Knufinke says:

      Yeah, seems to be a weird noire lovecraftian “City of Glass” thing, I guess?