But here's the bottom line: While far from great and way too complicated for its own good, Duelists is reasonably deep and ultimately pretty satisfying. Duelists of the Roses with all of the fun and excitement of the ever-popular trading card game rendered in beautiful 3-D graphics. The confusing Terrain and Fusion systems, boring battles, and uneven difficulty make Duelists a frustrating mess. Fans of the franchise will scream bloody murder when they see this score, while casual gamers are gonna think the grade is at least a couple points too high. After all, the monster battles look fantastic and the game's strategic elements make for a surprisingly addictive experience. The game includes three exclusive trading cards. Retelling the infamous War of the Roses conflict of 1485 between the English houses of Lancaster and York, Duelist of the Roses is admirably based in factual history.
The new card-movement battle system encourages strategic gameplay, while 680 beautifully rendered 3-D monsters keep the onscreen action exciting and engaging. No, it's all about random trial and error, memorization, note taking how else will you recall that the Princess of Tsurugi combines with a Dark Rabbit to form a Negokal 2? Play this game long enough and you'll feel like a complete loser. It's unforgiving for newbies; the in-game tutorial doesn't actually teach you how to play, so you're left to crawl via trial and error through its convoluted rules. And the new Fusion system is confusing as all heck. Weevil, the first boss, is easily as tough as Kaiba, your final opponent. At least fans of the card game will enjoy watching their favorite beasties in 3D, but the rest of us won't find anything fun here.
If you've never played a Yu-Gi-Oh! Instead of the guns and bayonets used in the Battle of Bosworth Hill, however, this narration is played out with mystical card battles and gigantic summoned monsters. Combat is entirely turn-based with a consistent 7×7 grid map serving as the battleground. Rather, it's because Roses stacks the cards so heavily against you that you're likely to lose the vast majority of your battles. Build a powerful deck and take on your opponents with ferocious monsters, mystical traps, enchantment cards and more. Not because of the Yu-Gi-Oh! As was the case with Yu-Gi-Oh! Each player can summon up to five monsters simultaneously, with powers and abilities determined by card type, location, posturing, offensive and defensive point values, square terrain, and an experience-based rank system that determines its power.
Fans of the show and strategic gamers with perseverance should ante up; everybody else should pass. This isn't a game of strategy. Oh, and I have to mention the music--the melodic harpsichord battle tune is fine. Worse still, the steep learning curve will obliterate new players. A little variety would have been nice.
The problem is, it takes forever to learn how to play the damn thing. Featuring all the characters from the television series;New Card Movement Battle System;Intuitive controls;680 3-D rendered monsters;Includes three exclusive trading cards. Even curious card-battling aficionados should steer clear-- this is for hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! The big question is whether you'll play long enough to understand all the rules. Combining monster cards to create a more powerful deck is the key to winning battles, but trying to understand all of the unstated and seemingly arbitrary card-compatibility guidelines is a nightmare. But you won't enjoy Duelists if you don't already know and love the Yu-Gi-Oh! There's plenty of strategy involved, and once you get to the point where you understand the defense and attack principles, it's definitely addictive. .
Duelists of the Roses features all of your favorite characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Players willing to put 20-plus hours into learning the rules of this crazy card-and-board-game hybrid will have a decent time. . . . . .
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