IT’S TIME TO D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL! Yu-Gi-Oh! as a cartoon series is frightfully silly. After all, what other animated series are there that can boast about a spin-off show about card games on motorcycles? Not that f***ing Beyblade show, I’ll tell you that much. But beyond the cartoon, the actual card game that the franchise is built around, is actually pretty damn good. A new game is on the way, and it actually doesn’t sound bad…until a certain point that is.
Konami’s next game in the franchise will be Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Just like the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! game from the previous generation of consoles, it’ll be a downloadable title, costing $19.99. Here’s the official synopsis for it from Konami:
Players from around the world have been invited to take part in an elite Dueling program that simulates the best Duels from every era of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Gamers can replay actual events in the Yu-Gi-Oh! timeline, from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series up to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, featuring the same storylines, characters, and Decks in a brand-new Story Campaign. Duelists will also battle against characters from the newest generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, with even more Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Duels to be included later as add-on content.
Compared to the half-dozen duellists available to battle in the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! console game, that actually sounds appealing. Konami is also teasing the following features:
- Relive past Dueling glory with a Story Campaign that recounts the events from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series! Battle your opponent, and then take on the role of that character and Duel against the protagonist in a “Reverse Duel.”
- Duel with the latest cards from the official Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, including Pendulum Summon Monsters.
- Compete in Battle Pack Sealed and Draft play against the A.I. or with players online. Battle Pack formats supported include Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants, and War of the Giants: Round 2.
- Customize your Decks with more than 6,600 cards.
- Compete against characters from the newest generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.
- Add-on content available at launch, with additional Decks, Avatars, playable characters and Duels.
And here’s where things get tricky. Legacy of the Duelist will feature add-on content, of which I’m assuming will be similar to the previous game. In other words, prepare to spend some money on digital cards, at $4.99 a pop. The biggest problem with the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! game, was that the cards on offer were absolutely terrible. And unlocking more cards, was an absolute nightmare as the duelist AI had been tuned to godlike levels. Even if you could beat the AI, chances are that you’d walk away with a few cards that didn’t add much to your deck, with the better cards out there being locked away as DLC.
Compare that to previous Yu-Gi-Oh! games on the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, where you could earn credits and buy several packs where your chances of getting that Stardust Dragon card that you were after much more easily, and you’ll see the massive difference at play here. If Legacy Of The Duelist repeats that same idea, then I’m already giving up my license to play card games on motorcycles.
Last Updated: June 5, 2015