It’s Time to Duel…Again

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Jason Messina, Writer

So I’ve been a little burnt out on ideas recently. Every week I try to write a video game article, but I can’t get a new video game every week. So I’m going to be writing about something extremely nerdy, and if you’re like me, it will take you back.

Recently a game came out for mobile device that brought me back to a place I haven’t been in a long time. A new game for mobile devices called Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links came out. I will be reviewing the game, the first season of the TV show, and one of my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! games Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist of the Rose for the PS2. So without further adieu IT’S TIME TO DUEL!!!!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

The mobile game starts off by letting you choose between two of the game’s main characters; Seto Kaiba and Yami Yugi. Along with the characters, you also unlock their starting decks. The game then teaches you the basic rules of the game. Now being a former dust myself, I was able to pick up and remember the game fairly quickly. My one friend who had never played the game before was able to catch on pretty quickly, too. You proceed by playing against characters in the game earning new cards and learning new strategies as well as playing against people online. There are some changes to the rules; you can have fewer cards on the field, and fewer cards in your hand. This overall makes the game slightly more challenging than the original card game, but the game is also somewhat simpler.

My verdict is 8/10. The game is fun, fresh, and it’s able to bring a lot of people back into the game after so many years.

Yu-Gi-Oh! TV show

The mobile game made me want to get back into Yu-Gi-Oh!. The easiest way was to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! on Hulu. I forgot that the show was made for kids, but it honestly didn’t stop me from watching it. The show developed multiple plots in the show as well as some intelligent directions on where it should head. The characters are not only fun, but the show has created many sayings and memories that are dear to me and many others. I will never be able to play a card game without threatening to banish my opponent to the shadow realm. However, the main thing I picked up from watching the show is that the show does not care about the rules of the game. They will create cards, rules, strategies, and effects that would make the game cooler but also way more complicated.

My verdict is 7/10. The show was good, but it’s slightly too cheesy at points for me to entirely enjoy it as an adult.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist of the Rose

For those of you who have never played the game before, it is by far one of the most fun Yu-Gi-Oh! games you can play. The game follows the rules of the show more than the actual card game, but that makes the game more intriguing. Everything was great from the designs of the monsters to the core mechanics. There isn’t a very intriguing story, but the game is by far one of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! inspired games you can play. It can only be played on a PS2, but the game was so much fun that I was driven to get my old game and get a PS2 to play it.

My verdict is 10/10 would duel again.

Yu-Gi-Oh! was my game, and now I have the fire reignited. So if you want to duel, my username is JaySlayer55. But be warned–loser gets banished to the shadow realm.

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