This Week In Arcade: Sam And Magic: The Gathering

Sam & Max Save the World this week on Xbox Live Arcade, just in time for Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers to come along and ruin it.

Sam & Max Save the World is a compilation of the first season of Telltale Games' Sam & Max episodic PC adventure game series, lovingly repackaged for Xbox Live Arcade consumption at a reasonable 1600 Microsoft points. A great series, and not the downloadable title we should be worried about this week.

No, that's Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers, which brings the addictive game play of Magic: The Gathering to Xbox Live. Eight player decks, deck customization, single player and co-operative campaigns, ranked and unranked online play, and more, all for 800 Microsoft points. Folks who buy the title will also receive a code good for one limited edition foil Garruk Wildspeaker Planeswalker promo card, which can be redeemed at the Wizards of the Coast website.

All of this information came from the Wizards of the Coast site incidentally, as the official Microsoft press release amusingly featured a link to their Uno page instead of a dedicated Magic: The Gathering page on Xbox Live. I suppose they are both card games, after all.

It remains to be seen if enough players still harbor an interest in Magic: The Gathering for this release to bring about the apocalypse, but if it does, Sam & Max will be there to stop it.