Release Date: February 12, 2013
Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Platform: [Reviewed: XBLA]
Genre: Card & Board
Rated: E for Everyone
Yu-Gi-Oh returns to Xbox Live Arcade with this newest version featuring the newest cards from the Television series, 5D’s Decade Duels. Developed by Other Ocean Interactive and published by the well-known gaming publisher, Konami Digital Entertainment, Yu-Gi-Oh is another excellent entry into the gaming series for this brand and is sure to satisfy fans of the Anime.
Yu-Gi-Oh offers both single-player and multiplayer. The single player game mode falls short in it’s lack of story. The player is invited to compete in a tournament style event in town, but delivers little in connection with the Anime series itself and this may disappoint fans of the show. Multiplayer offers more options, with both casual and ranked matches featuring 1v1 and 2v2 style duels.
The player begins the game with a core starter deck of 40 cards, with more cards earned through gameplay. One major plus is that cards are unlocked in both wins and losses when playing single-player. The game features a high difficulty level which new players may find frustrating but at least in a loss the player is given new card unlocks as a consolation prize.
Deck customization is very in-depth and offers the player multiple tools to create their dream decks to suit a multitude of different strategies. True Yu-Gi-Oh fans with in-depth knowledge of the cards have a significant advantage over those new to the series. A new player should expect a large amount of time reading cards and definitely playing through the tutorial at least once to learn the gameplay and strategy basics.
The graphics are nice and suit the game’s genre nicely, with a solid Anime feel to it. Simple controls and AI prompted advice on what cards are playable make the game controls simple and basic, very easy to pick up after just one duel. Sound Effects and audio are suiting as well and add to the Anime feel, enhancing the players experience stepping into the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. Single-player offers a high amount of replay based on the difficulty level and unlocking a “Character” theme when defeating an opponent. Multiplayer is where this game’s endless replayability shines. Between deck strategies and construction and the multitude of offerings of cards and expansions, no two online duels should be alike, making for some good times, particularly online with friends.
All-in-all, this new entry into the Yu-Gi-Oh series is a solid effort but falls short for new players. A steep learning curve hinders this game from the casual player. The difficulty of the single-player campaign may turn off some players, and a new player will definitely spend a large amount of time researching and studying cards in the deck builder to fine tune what and how they will play. Fans of the series are likely to have a much easier time getting going with this title, but once the player can get past that initial difficulty, this game offers some great fun and can definitely be played over and over in both single-player and multiplayer game modes.
Replay ability: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5