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What the Game’s About
My Saturday mornings as a kid usually consisted of Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles and a slew of other cartoons with rad attitudes. The generation following mine grew up with slick anime shows like Dragon Ball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh! The latter is a game that spun off a popular card game that plays a lot like Magic the Gathering called Duel Monsters, just like in the anime. Naturally, it also spun off a bunch of video games and the latest is Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Stardust Accelerator World Championship 2009.
It doesn’t matter if you believe in the “heart of the cards” or not, there is some serious, hardcore gameplay behind the game of Duel Monsters. There are so many monsters, spells and traps that the combination for effective strategies is nearly limitless. Each battle isn’t a simple formula of crunching numbers, you need to think a couple of moves ahead of you opponents. You need to think about constant one-upsmanship or you will lose the duel and have to keep finding an effective strategy to progress.
In card battle games, there are usually the trump cards that will win a battle no matter what. Not the case with the core gameplay in World Championship 2009. Even the weakest monsters can either be chained with another card or played with unique abilities that can turn the tide of a battle when all looks lost. That kind of dynamic makes each duel very engaging and interesting.
This is one of the most user-unfriendly games in existence. If you don’t have basic knowledge of Duel Monsters, prepare to be hopelessly lost in the game. You won’t know how to build a deck, duel effectively or know much about where to go or what to do. Most games like this usually give an option to walk you through the basics but World Championship 2009 just kicks you in the pants and sets you on your journey. There should have been a small tutorial or something done to ease new players into the gameplay if they are just finding out about Yu-Gi-Oh!
There is some deeply rewarding and complex gameplay, if you know how to play the game. If you are new to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and the meta-game Duel Monsters, you’ll flounder for a life raft that never comes. Fans of the series will be thrilled while the rest of the population is left out in the cold.