Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4
of Yu-Gi-Oh will be pleased to know that another new title from this
series has landed on the PSP which is based on the popular card game of Duel
Monsters. With that said, if youíre not a fan of virtual card games,
than you might want to look elsewhere. However if youíre still reading this,
then obviously youíre a little interested which is good news. The
premise behind the game is simple, challenge other people or AI in Duel
Monsters which allows you earn money and new cards to assist in your
world conquering domination.
main thing you will notice about Yu-Gi-Oh is the intuitive menu system
that makes it easy to access your cards and hopefully defeat your
enemies. Although this premise is not new, this current version revolves
around the latest instalment of this series, the 5Dís and the game
offers an interesting, albeit subtle story mode. Best of all, the
ability to challenge real players is where this game shines.
relation to the story, players must battle other characters from this
universe in order to improve their card deck. Once you have built up the
power necessary, you need to take on the Dark Signers who have returned
from the Underworld to Earth. As you battle, trade and duel with others,
the key is in finding a balanced deck to defeat your enemies.
the entire 4000 card deck available to players, this is definitely
nothing to scoff at and the strategies involved in this card game is
quite intricate. The AI in the game is a mixed bag but as mentioned, the
wireless aspect of this game is what most gamers will want to be
involved in. That is because it offers more challenges to the players
and is more rewarding, rather than beating 1ís and 0ís or AI intelligence.
Graphically, the title looks a little bland on the PSP and although it
does mimic the cartoon series and replicate the characters well, it just
feels a little lacklustre in the overall presentation of the game. There
are some nifty and anime inspired special effects here and to spruce
things but at the end of the day, this title looks more like a DS game.
Thankfully the music and sound effects are from the cartoon series and I
do understand that attempting to mimic a real-world card game is a
little challenging, even though the end result may be a tad boring.
conclusion, if youíre a fan of the series, than youíre in Yu-Gi-Oh
heaven which does successfully transfer the card game to the virtual
world. Although the graphics are a little lacking, the gameplay with
real players more than makes up for this inconsistency. Of course, in
single-player, even though the story is a little forced, there are other
gameplay options in this title that can be played over and over again,
definitely a worthy purchase.