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Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Eternal Duelist Soul (Game Boy Advance) review

"My name is LastHero. I am a Yu-Gi-Oh fan. "

My name is LastHero. I am a Yu-Gi-Oh fan.

You wouldnít know it to look at me. I donít own a single card. Iíve never been to a tourney. Iíve only seen a live game once. And while I do watch the TV show, I do so for the same reason I tap on the brakes while passing a car wreck. As a matter of fact, I didnít even know what Yu-Gi-Oh was until about three years ago. Sitting on the school bus, riding home with an afro pick in my hair and a smile on my face, I asked my friend Patrick what he was playing on his Game Boy. Seeing as Patrickís girth occupied 4/5s of the seat, I somehow felt I had a right to know.

He said he was playing Yu-Gi-Oh: The Eternal Duelist Soul. I asked him what that was. He let me play. And Iíve been hooked ever since.

No bells, whistles, or any other stupid metaphor to describe extra things. The game starts you out with one of three decks. Nothing special, just enough to give you a solid base. You go into Campaign mode, take on a few characters from the TV show, beat them enough and you get to fight more characters from the TV show, beat them enough andÖnothing happens, because youíve just unlocked all the game has to unlock.

The fights themselves are standard fare; no attacks animations, noÖanything. Just the cards. They make this funny little crash sound whenever you get a successful attack, but other than that? Nada. You get a little speech from the character youíre facing before and after every fight, but if youíve seen the show then you know thatís better off skipped. If you havenít seen the show (lucky you) let me give you a taste:

ďBlah blah blah ITíS ALL IN THE HEART OF THE CARDS blah blah blah blah ITíS TIME TO D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!!Ē

The A.I.ís does its best work on defense; it wonít set up any complex strategies, but it knows how to stay protected and itís not afraid to put its deck to full use. Itís not worth much on offense, though; itíll attack even when youíve got the most obvious of traps set up. Thing is, youíll only get five new cards for every battle you win, and theyíre usually crap. And since all three starting decks arenít too hot to begin with, your opponentís usually better stocked than you. It all equals out to a fair fight; youíll lose often, but not too often.

And thatísÖit. I wish I could be more enthusiastic and tell you what I like so much about the game, but truth is, I donít even know. Maybe thereís a little nerd in me that enjoys the world of card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, but itís being dulled by both the hermit in me that doesnít want to be around any Yu-Gi-Oh fans and the lazy man in me that doesnít want to shell out sixty bucks just to get a decent deck. In the end, I guess thatís who Yu-Gi-Oh: The Eternal Duelist Soul is made for: People who want a taste of Yu-Gi-Oh, but not the whole thing.

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Community review by lasthero (September 22, 2005)

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