Collectible card games are a bit of a weakness of mine, and it feels like I’ve played them all to some extent. I tend to like the concept more than anything, since I tend to be pretty terrible at them, but hey – you play games to have fun, right? When Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist showed up on our radar, I unable to resist giving it a look. Turns out I was pleasantly surprised; Legacy of the Duelist is one of the best games in the series.
For instance, the interface and available content are top-notch…well, as far as I can tell. While I haven’t been following every iteration of these games, having stopped around the time Yu-Gi-Oh GX Tag Force came out, Legacy of the Duelist appears to be the most feature-complete option we’ve got. It’s easy to play through duels and construct new decks with the thousands of available cards. There’s a workable tutorial for new players as well, though as CCGs go I found that Yu-Gi-Oh is one of the easiest to understand on a fundamental level, so it shouldn’t take long to grasp the game.
There’s an extensive story mode in Legacy of the Duelist, covering each of the Yu-Gi-Oh series from the original up to ZEXAL with a bit from the latest series as well. This leads into my favorite feature: the ability to use the story characters’ decks during each stage. These games are pretty notorious for giving you a garbage deck to start with, so being able to forego your starter deck entirely and wield Yugi’s (or Jaden’s, or whoever’s) deck right from the start is a great way to get into the game. This also means that you can pull off moves you remember from the show, like Yami Yugi’s classic win with Exodia, since you’ll have the cards you need. Fans of the anime series are going to love this.
I also appreciated that, while the starter decks aren’t fantastic, you’re given a selection to choose from; these focus on each series’ gimmick, like GX’s Polymerization and 5Ds’ XYZ monsters. What’s more, booster packs don’t cost millions of currency points, so you’re not stuck with weak cards. Instead, you can work on improving your decks right from the start, allowing you to really indulge in the deckbuilding aspect that makes these games great. Naturally, online play is also available and packed with people who’d love to beat you down, as well as a sealed deck option.
Yu-Gi-Oh fans have probably already have Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist…well, Yu-Gi-Oh fans who’ve gotten over being burned by some of the previous titles in the series. For those who still feel a bit scorned, well, let me assure you that it’s best to forgive and forget, as there’s tons of content here and it’s all well done. Newcomers to the series, meanwhile, are clearly the target demographic for this game: it’s got tons of cards, concise versions of the series’ many stories and fully functional online play. For them, it’s absolutely worth the cash.