Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Xbox One)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Official GBAtemp Review

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Reviewed by Austin Trujillo, posted Aug 9, 2015, last updated Aug 9, 2015
Aug 9, 2015
  • Release Date (NA): June 30, 2015
  • Release Date (EU): July 31, 2015
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Developer: Konami
  • Genres: Card Game
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone
  • PEGI Rating: Three years and older
  • Also For: PlayStation 4
  • Single player
    Local Multiplayer
    Online Multiplayer
    Co-operative
It’s time tempers… to review the latest entry in the Yu-Gi-Oh video game series! Did you expect a different kind of intro? I know what you were thinking... and I don’t go for the cliché’s.
Austin Trujillo

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I’d like to start by talking about the biggest selling point of this Yu-Gi-Oh game. The campaign mode is just awesome. Legacy of the duelist is exactly what the title implies. A legacy. The legacy of every Yu-Gi-Oh protagonist, all handed to you in one cheap package. You can take on the role of Yugi Moto, Jaden Yuki, Yusei Fudo, and all the future protagonists of the franchise.

The stories parallel the anime/manga adaptions of each respective story, allowing you to play through the duelist kingdom and domino city in the original Yu-Gi-Oh, to taking on Yubel and the sinister Evil Hero cards in the GX storyline.

All duels allow you to play either with the respective protagonist/antagonist characters deck, or allow you to take on the story line with your own structured deck as well! (For all you little crazies that want to break canon and bring synchro summons into the original Yu-Gi-Oh.)

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As far as gameplay goes, it all stays true to the original games. All the rules of Yu-Gi-Oh are followed, and it all flows smoothly. It actually feels much quicker than previous entries, with AI reaction being much more on the spot than in previous games. Frankly, this was a relief, as past entries were guilty of AI taking minutes just to complete a turn.

Victories will award you battle points, which can be spent on new packs in the card shop, as well as signature cards, avatar unlocks, alternate duel stories (such as being able to play as Pegasus vs Yugi, instead of vice versa) and more.

Signature cards are rewarded cards that you can add to your own extra deck. They tend to be famous cards from key characters in the story, such as Kaiba’s precious Blue Eyes White Dragon.

There’s an enormous card set to choose from this time around, with over 6,600 cards available to create a multitude of deck opportunities!

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And in case you don’t feel like playing against the classic villains and their decks, the new sealed play mode allows you to purchase a set amount of card packs, and then create a deck from those booster packs to take on CPU’s. It’s a really cool way of teaching yourself to be more versatile with card sets, and is great for strategizing.

But of course, let’s not forget the real challenge and fun of this new Yu-Gi-Oh title, online play. Online has casual free play modes, as well as ranked battle, which allows you to keep track of some of the top duelers in the world. Online follows similar rulesets to the regular TCG tournament rules, so rest assured you won’t have to face trolls that have loaded up their decks with forbidden cards. That being said, there are also modes that allow you to check for forbidden cards to activate, so no need to worry about rules getting in the way of your fun in free play.

As far as other aspects of the game goes, the graphics aren’t anything special, and there isn’t any voice acting involved, which is kind of a letdown for all the story content. Either way, it shouldn’t be enough to upset any dedicated Yu-Gi-Oh fan in the long run.

Verdict
Pros
+ Huge selection of cards
+ Great story elements that parallel the anime
+ Online play works great
Cons
- Visuals are very basic
- No voice acting
9 Presentation
It's probably the best presentation of a Yu-Gi-Oh game I've played in awhile. All the campaigns wonderfully reflect the anime adaption and it's both nostalgic and nicely presented.
8 Gameplay
The gameplay stays very true to the originals, and that's a good thing. Simply presented, highly effective.
8 Lasting Appeal
The stories alone will eat up plenty of time, and if you're a dedicated fan of the franchise, online will have you locked in for days on end.
8.5
out of 10
Overall (not an average)
Legacy of the Duelist was a refreshing Yu-Gi-Oh experience. It's fun, it's addicting, and at the cheap price of $19.99, you'd be crazy not to pick it up. I'd highly recommend you get your game on, because it's time to D-D-D-D-DDDDD-DUEL! (I couldn't resist.)
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