This title is exclusive to Nintendo Switch and was reviewed as such.
Back in the dark, dark ages of 2015 the developers at Other Ocean Entertainment made a game published by Konami… this game would take over 2016 Brad’s life…it went by the name of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist.
Back then the game was kind of barebones and was pretty far behind in terms of card availability and content but would later get updates in the form of paid DLC. Now we come to 2019 and we have the definitive version of the game. With over 9000 cards to use, much more story content and an up to date ruleset will it be better? Or a waste of a hefty price tag of $90?
The art in this game is pretty standard Yu-Gi-Oh!. Characters have strange two tone hair styles that shouldn’t be possible without massive amounts of hair dye and extreme skill in applying it, most of the girls are drawn the same in terms of body type and the boys are all drawn with about two different body types. Small and lanky teenager or ABSOLUTE UNIT adult. But that’s peak anime style so it still looks good.
The music in this game is quite good as well. I found myself humming the tune of the duel music during my games and it really fed into the investment of the game. One new addition they have made is adding a nicer sound effect to their card pack opening. It gives off a little sounds that satisfyingly escalates as it opens each of 8 cards per pack that totally adds to the addiction. (Thank God that the game uses a very fair in game currency with no hide nor hair of lootbox based microtransactions)
Another cool addition to the game is special cutscenes that play when you summon certain monsters. Although from a gameplay standpoint it can be annoying due to the fact that it’s not skippable.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is a big beast to get into so there is no way I’m going to explain all of the rules so I’ll just explain the premise: each player starts with 8000 “life points” and plays “monster cards” to attack each other while using “spells and traps” to help with that. although now that I’m thinking about it… if you’re reading this, you’re probably a fan or have some experience with Yu-Gi-Oh!… that makes writing this a whole lot easier.
The core gameplay loop goes like this: You’ll start by playing a few story mode duels which function like puzzles where you have to figure out the strategy to beat the opponent. It normally helps to have watched the anime as the way to victory is often a 1:1 remake of an episode. But it’s not out of the ordinary for you to figure out the result. Then you’ll buy a few card packs because you unlock them from story missions, then you’ll play more story missions to get more money to get more cards until you’ve beaten the story, and then finally after completing the story modes the game truly begins. 100% completing the story modes (and the reverse duels where you play as the loser and have to win) unlocks duelist challenges. Duelist challenges are where you fight each character from the series with a very powerful deck that sort of follows their character’s main theme. And this is where you’ll learn how to make a very good deck because if you don’t you’re going to get wrecked.
Outside of this there is online play, where it’s like duelist challenges but you’re opponent is real and has probably played way more than you by this point. But don’t let that scare you, if you keep at it you’ll eventually get good enough to consistently win online.
In regards to story content it’s good to see that they went to the effort to adapt the major duels from seasons that were originally only out in Japanese and in the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series’ case: adapted an entire filler arc that wasn’t in the original manga it was based off of. If you’re a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan there is a good chance you’ll enjoy this.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is a fantastic love letter to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and is good fun to boot. My only misgiving is the over inflated price tag for a game that is less of a sequel and more of an updated rerelease. However as I say in the by-line, this is definitely the cheapest way to play Yu-Gi-Oh! if you and a friend both own a switch. Especially if you consider most starter decks are about $20 and this game gives you a potential 9000 cards to use for $90.