Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is Konami’s latest game based around the popular trading card game and anime. The popular Yu-Gi-Oh! series, which began as a manga over 15 years ago, has spawned several shows and has sold over 25 billion cards worldwide. The premise of the game is quite simple: Players face off against one another using decks comprised of various monster, spell, and trap cards. Both players start off with 8000 life points, and the objective is to reduce your opponents life points to 0 first.
Being the latest iteration of the game series, Legacy of the Duelist incorporates strategies and cards from all the various Yu-Gi-Oh shows to date including the original series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. The campaign in Legacy of the Duelist allows you to experience these shows in a condensed form, as you sit through cutscenes before and after each duel which are taken from each respective show. The scenes and dialogues are taken from the show themselves, but unfortunately lack proper voice acting or video cutscenes in the game itself. The campaign of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V is missing as of now, but should come out later in the form of DLC.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Xbox One [REVIEWED], Playstation 4
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Publisher: KONAMI Digital Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: June 30th 2015
Price: £15.99 [Disclosure: Game copy supplied by Publisher]
While it can be fun using the cards that the character themselves use during the show in the campaign mode, the later duels can become increasingly frustrating if you stick with the story decks because of how limited and terrible they are. I found myself using my own custom deck after a while in the campaign, because I simply became fed of barely losing to the same opponent multiple times due to having an awful deck. Luckily the game does allow you to play through the campaign with your own deck, and has a robust selection over 6,600 cards to play with. Some of these cards are given as rewards after beating your opponent in the campaign mode, while most can be purchased from the card shop.
In the card shop, players can use virtual currency (which are earned through playing and winning duels) to purchase card packs in the store. The packs are represented by the different characters in the show, and are usually centered on the cards that they used in the show. The card shop is a novel addition, which is reminiscent of actually buying the real life card packs in stores since you receive 8 cards with each pack and the cards that you get are random. On top of the card shop there is also the battlepacks, which allow you to use decks created randomly (or through a drafting process) to battle against opponents in order to win the cards that you used with.
Legacy of the Duelist seems to be a game made more so for hardcore fans of the series, as it does little to entice or properly ease newcomers into the series. The tutorial in the game does an adequate job of explaining the basic rules of the game, but does little to go beyond that as far as tactics or the more advanced nuances of the card game. Most battles are represented as arrows from the attacking monster to the defending monster, and only certain monsters (mainly the famous cards in the show such as the Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician) are animated albeit in a lacklustre way. The game therefore feels more suited on something such as a smartphone or tablet, rather than a current-gen console.
Outside of the campaign, players are able to take their decks online for ranked or player matches. In player matches, users can customize their own rule sets and terms for winning while ranked is set to the rules in the regular card game which allows you to duel for a spot on the leaderboards. The online experience can vary on a few factors. Lag isn’t a big issue since the game itself is turn based and will ask you if you’d like to respond to their actions (if you have a card that can), but the online experience can be frustrating if your opponent disconnects once they realize they are about to lose. Unfortunately the game does nothing to punish or detract players from doing this, so this is a common practice in online matches, especially in ranked.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is the deepest and most comprehensive game around the trading card game to date. It has the a large selection of cards as well as the most recent rule changes from the trading card game itself, making it the best experience for players looking to experience Yu-Gi-Oh! without having to spend a lot on the physical card game.
The campaign mode offers a great way for players to relive classic moments from the show as well as get an idea of what kind of decks each character was using with cards that may not have appeared in the show itself. However, the game is quite lacking in the presentation, and given all the new systems that have been introduced since the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, it can be quite intimidating for newcomers looking to dip their toes into the trading card game for the first time. Otherwise, fans of the series owe it to themselves to experience the countless hours of dueling fun.