One of the most popular card games out there has gone through many iterations over the years since it was introduced. New packs, new generations, new characters to behold! It’s even gone so far as to get into the video game world. With monsters, creatures, traps, spells and worlds to explore, it has continued into the modern day with popularity. That’s right; we are talking about Magic the Gathering! What? Wait, I’m not reviewing a Magic video game? It’s Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy of the Duelist? Okay, I have just been informed that I am in fact not reviewing Magic but reviewing Magic.
If you couldn’t tell, the game of Yu-Gi-Oh, or as it is called in the anime Duel Monsters, is in some ways very similar to Magic. But instead of telling you the similarities, let me tell you about probably the best playing Yu-Gi-Oh video game. Legacy of the Duelist came out in 2015 but I never got around to it until earlier this year. In it, you can play through the story of the main Yu-Gi-Oh series and 4 of its spin-offs: GX, 5Ds, Zexal and Arc-V, although you can only play one mission for Arc-V as at the time it was the most recent to have come out. You can purchase additional duels as DLC. You are able to learn the story of each series through them and play the decks that they used at the time. If you want to, you can even use your own deck that you can create inside the story for more immersion, which is what I use now for every story mission I play.
The game plays really like any other Yu-Gi-Oh game, there isn’t much to change. I’ve enjoyed playing through everything and trying to collect as many cards as I can. To attain cards, you can get specific ones for completing story mission and their reverse duel, from completing duel challenges, or just outright “buy” card packs from the card shop. Now I saw that like that because you do not have to buy a DLC thing to get these cards, there is an actual card shop within the game. The points to buy these packs are gain from winning duels in missions or duel challenges.
I found myself getting 100% on the 5Ds campaign before the rest, as 5Ds was my favorite series. I mean come on, those motorcycle were cool. I didn’t really play through the Arc-V campaign until during the writing of this, mostly because I fell off of Yu-Gi-Oh after 5Ds. I will say that there will be some BS sections to the game, especially when you factor in the duel challenges (F*** you Aporia!!!!!), but if you continue to play through and through, you’ll be able to get the win. I do recommend looking up a video “Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist | EPIC DUEL!!!” as it is a perfect example of the BS that can happen. In all, it’s a pretty fun game with a ton of replay ability. I give it a 8/10 for nostalgia, overall gameplay and its fun factor.