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This review is from: Yu-Gi-Oh! Dawn of Destiny (Video Game)
Yu-gi-oh: Dawn of Destiny finally came out for x-box. For me, it was a long wait for something I could sink my teeth into, being an avid Duel Monster Card Game collector and player. I did not expect another smash hit like Halo, but I was hoping for something a little more in depth. I was disappointed at first when I received the game, but that view later changed. I tried to view the game in two ways. 1) as a gamer and 2) as a Yu-gi Fan.
1) As a gamer, this game is definitely poor. There is nothing appeasing or positive about this game coming from a typical gamer. Someone who is not remotely interested in Yu-gi-oh would most likely find this game boring. There is no definite plot you follow (or at least I haven't found yet), although you do pick up some hints and pieces of a very very very subtle plot. Graphics are low quality and most likely could have been duplicated on an N-64. The buttons are limited and at first very repetitive. I found myself getting very annoyed and just start hitting a button to get out of a window and found I had accidentally skipped over my attack phase or set a card face down and not face up. This is a game I would strongly recommend renting before buying for an avid gamer who doesn't know too much about Duel Monsters.
2) For the Yu-gi-oh fan who's looking to play some dueling, this game is it. It takes a little bit, but the rules are in accordance with the actual duel game.
The perks as a fan: 1) Official game playing, for those who know and want to play the game. 2) Opponents can be a little stupid at times, but then can present a real challenge as time goes on. 3) Actually able to use trap and magic cards. 4) Ability to link to other counsels and duel against friends. 5) Collect cards and find your favorite cards then put them in your deck. 6) Great collector cards inside.
The downsides: 1) could have done more with graphics and actual game play. (i.e.: When summoning a monster, the monster appears on the field and not just when it is attacking or being attacked.) 2) Messages your opponents say become very repetitive very quickly. 3) Could have done a lot more with putting x-box live on it and actually taking the game to the next level. 4) Winning cards isn't hard, but winning the cards you want is extremely irritating and difficult. 5) Despite going by the rules, the game itself seems to become repetitive. Opponents seem to have many of the same cards as you play as well as say the same thing over and over. 6) It's a pain in the butt that you can't discard cards on the field yet the computer can. A glitch I'm sure the company forgot, but an annoying one nonetheless.
I'm sure many players will find other perks as well as other downsides. If you are a fan and there's no one to ever duel with, this is your game. This game is not the worst game out there, but like I said, I strongly recommend renting the game or borrowing it from someone before deciding to buy it; even IF you are a fan.