10 August, 2015

Review - Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: I have the Heart of the Cards

It’s time to duel Yugi boy, and this time the duels take place across time and space, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist allows players to duel through iconic moments from four of the five major anime series. Giving you a direct attack to your life points, straight to your nostalgia.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist

The campaign contains over 20 single player missions from each series, featuring key duels from Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, as well as a single duel from the current series Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. The duels are all delivered by a robot called IN4-M8, they are challenging and fun, you can play with a recreated deck the characters used in the Anime, or with your own. It’s a great nostalgic throwback to see all the monsters and characters again and to hear some of the dialog in the cutscenes before the duels. I found myself quoting Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series during the campaign, admittedly, making the game about 100 times funnier than it should be.

 After you beat each character you can move onto the next duel or you can play the same duel in reverse, changing history by playing as the loser of the duel and winning instead. Although this does not alter any of the stories, which is unfortunate but understandable. You can then challenge the characters you beat in a mode called Duelist Challenge, where you duel them yet again, only this time they have a really powerful deck which may include XYZ or even Synchro summons. Card types that didn't even exist in Yugi's days. I have yet to beat a single character in this mode, though I came close to beating Yuya Sakaki from ARC-V twice, bringing him down to 100 Lifepoints before he destroyed me.

As you duel and beat your opponents you unlock their deck recipes that can recreated in game by unlocking the required cards. Allowing you to recreate some of the legendary decks from the Anime series, such as; Maxamillion Pegasus’ Toon World deck, or even Yugi’s God Card deck. A number of signature cards from each generation of Yu-Gi-Oh! have special attack animations, the monster pops out of the card, as a pretty poor looking 3D model and plays an attack animation which is unskippable. This gets very old, very  quickly as you are forced to watch Dark Magician’s attack animation each time you use it.

Multiplayer is back, you can fight against random people over Xbox Live or PSN, or duel your friends in private matches. This is also Ranked Play, where you can duel for a position on the leaderboards, wins award you 1 point which places you higher on the leaderboards and some Duel Points. You can duel using your own custom decks, or the default decks provided, giving you a taste of the different summoning types, including the new Pendulum Summoning. There are no Tag-Duels in the game, however it may be added at a later date stated on an official stream before the game launched, probably as DLC which would be nice.

The game features a really solid way to unlock cards, as you play you unlock Booster Packs related to specific characters, like Seto Kaiba and Yugi Muto. You purchase these with Duel Points, earned by dueling in the campaign or multiplayer. Booster Packs give you a random selection of 8 cards, with at least 1 being a rare card from different archetypes based on the character. For example, Bakura will provide a load of Archfiend and Zombie Cards, whereas Kaiba will give you lots of Dragon-based cards. This is an excellent system, especially compared to the last Yu-Gi-Oh! game I played; Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on the Xbox 360, where the only way to unlock cards was to play the campaign over and over again and receive a random collection of 1-10 cards based on how much score you got. It was horrible grindy and there was no way to get cards you wanted. Sadly, all of the cards in game have an awful watermark in the bottom left hand corner of the artwork, it scars them, and feels completely unnecessary. 

The creation of decks has been improved drastically, with much easier ways to search and sort the cards you unlock, and move them from the trunk to your deck. You can also search for cards related to a specific card you own using a new feature called Smart Searching. For example; it allows me to search for cards related to my Dark Magician, returning cards such as, ‘Thousand Knives’ and ‘Ancient Rules’ that I would have forgotten about otherwise, it's really handy.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is a great game for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. With over 6600 cards, four single player story modes, Duelist Challenge mode, and an active Multiplayer which includes ranked play, it is a steal for its price. My one really gripe is that there is an Arc-V campaign listed, but no story missions aside from the tutorial right now. Missions will probably be added later as DLC which I'll buy regardless, because not only to I really enjoy this game, but I need them cool Pendulum monster cards. This games has once again reawakened my love for Yu-Gi-Oh!; it is a good thing for me, but a bad thing for my wallet.

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