Legacy of the Duelist Brings Yu-Gi-Oh! to Current Gen Platforms

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Most card battling games have a fiction that arises from the card games themselves. Magic doesn’t tell you about the wizards, just the spells. Rare is the case in which the fiction that surrounds the card battles is actually more interesting. Such is Yu-Gi-Oh!, so it pleases me to see that the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, coming from Konami some time in early summer to PlayStation 4 and XBOX One, will include a story campaign that recreates many of the major events and duels from the long running Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, from the original TV series to all the way through to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.

This really is my preferred way of catching up on long shows. Ultimate Ninja Storm is how I watched some 150 episodes of Naruto and it only took, like, eight hours. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is also part of the game and more from that, the newest of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, will be added on after launch.

If you’re like me, you’ll also appreciate Legacy of the Duelist’s comprehensive tutorials for newcomers. For the seasoned Yu-Gi-Oh! player, the new game also includes the latest cards from the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, including Pendulum Summon Monsters, bringing the total number of cards to over 6,600, a franchise best. Also for the first time, players can compete in Battle Pack Sealed and Draft play online or against the computer. Battle Pack formats supported include Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants, and War of the Giants: Round 2.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist will be available digitally for $19.99 at launch with additional content (more Decks, Avatars, playable characters and Duels) also coming at launch for $4.99 each.

Written by Albert Chen

Albert Chen

A student of games, I play a bit of everything because I like to see what’s out there. Nothing better than first hand experience when it comes to knowing about games. Current game obsession: Anything MOBA (Paragon, Battleborn, Heroes of the Storm), except, ironically, the most popular ones, LoL and DOTA2.

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  • Makai Ookami

    The Problem I have with Yu-Gi-Oh games is that even when you just play the demo the learning curve is INSANE.

    I played quite a bit of Yu-Gi-Oh. Hell I played the unofficial Yu-Gi-Oh online game where you basically had to hack the game together in order to get it to work from multiple different pieces and had to be intimately familiar with the rules.

    Since it’s starting with the original show, this will HOPEFULLY be the best game ever for Yu-Gi-Oh and hopefully be more fun than the GBA games, because I miss the card game, I just can’t afford it, and I’m not dealing with that learning curve.

    So ideally you’ll start off with a few abilities here, a couple cards there, and you’ll learn the basics like putting down a 4 star or lower monster, and then you can sacrifice one of those to put out a 5-6 star monster. Then you’ll work your way up to Fusion, and then some higher strategies.

    However if they do it wrong, in the first hour you’ll be fighting against like a Hero deck. This is one of your worst case scenarios because a Hero Deck can have a card come out, and ability activates, which allows them to do something else, then an ability activates, then they play a card, and an ability activates, and then they sacrifice them, for more ability activations… and before you know it 5 paragraphs of rules have just occurred, and they expect you to know what each of those cards with very specific stipulations means to the game that you just played. I don’t mean playing at the moment, because you’re basically screwed and dead unless you get lucky with a good card you don’t know you had.

    That was my experience on the Demo to a PS3 game of Yu-Gi-Oh. That’s when I just bought that years version of Magic the Gathering. But they aren’t releasing those games for Playstation anymore… so that bites.

    If you’re really itching for a card game, if you don’t mind Blizzard, go grab Hearthstone. You can get a LOT of enjoyment out of the game (even if they will curb stomp your face in with decks made out of completely rare cards, while you’re trying to get just a few rares for yourself) and without spending a penny.

    If you have self control issues, maybe don’t play that one because… you might end up spending $40 like a coworker. He was like “I’m only ever gonna spend $16 dollars on this man.” 2 months later “Yeah I bought the expansion pack for $25”

    Meanwhile here I am slowly grinding my way up a few missions at a time up to 50-100 gold a day, and after a while I get 700 gold and I play the next 3 story fights, maybe drop 150 on an Arena which gives you a card pack worth 100 gold, and some other bonuses BUT you get to build a deck out of cards you don’t own, so you can actually have a chance at beating people based on skill, if you build a competent deck out of random cards.

    So there’s my rambly opinion about the card game options available that I’ve dabbled with.