Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Coming to More Platforms https://www.gameskinny.com/1hzb7/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-coming-to-more-platforms https://www.gameskinny.com/1hzb7/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-coming-to-more-platforms Tue, 18 Feb 2020 11:33:19 -0500 Erroll Maas

In the latest issue of Famitsu, Konami revealed that Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC some time in spring 2020. The card game will arrive alongside a new update for the original Nintendo Switch version.

The Switch update was previously said to feature 15 new characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRains anime series, as well as a large number of new cards that will bring the total number of cards available in the game to more than 10,000.

The most notable feature in the update, however, will be the rule change to the Master Rules, which will once again allow monsters from the Extra Deck, such as Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz, to be placed in any Main Monster Zone or Extra Monster Zone.

Additionally, face-down Pendulum Monsters can be summoned to any Monster Zone when not specifically Pendulum summoned.

Previously, only one monster at a time could be summoned from the Extra Deck, due to each player only having one Extra Monster Zone. This could be circumvented by summoning Link Monsters to those zones, which allow for the summoning of other Extra Deck monsters to any zones they point to.

While this new update is unique to Link Evolution, the game itself is an expanded version of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, which originally released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on July 30 and July 31, 2015, respectively, and on PC via Steam on December 7, 2016.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution originally released on April 25, 2019 in Japan, and on August 20, 2019 in North America and Europe. 

For more, check out our E3 2019 interview with producer Charles Murakami as well as our review to learn more about the game.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution — A Duelist's Paradise https://www.gameskinny.com/uosn3/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-a-duelists-paradise https://www.gameskinny.com/uosn3/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-a-duelists-paradise Mon, 02 Sep 2019 09:58:12 -0400 Jonny Foster

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game has enveloped my life on multiple occasions, but the video game offerings have always been sub-par. That was until Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution came along on Nintendo Switch last week.

Firstly, before we go any further, let’s address the troublingly long name: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (hereafter called Link Evolution for simplicity) is essentially the “Deluxe Edition” of Legacy of the Duelist, a title that has already been on PS4, Xbox One, and PC for a few years.

Legacy of the Duelist received mixed reviews as it featured a slow trickle of paid DLC, but Link Evolution bundles these all together for the reasonable price of $40.

As a result, Link Evolution is absolutely brimming with content, with a nice mixture of old and new. The primary draw is the campaign mode, which summarizes each Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime season into a series of one-off duels, interspersed with brief dialogue segments with static character models above textboxes to move the story forward.

This is an excellent way to get up to speed if you’re unfamiliar with the full Yu-Gi-Oh! storyline. It's also a nostalgia-filled rollercoaster for long-serving veterans. Whether it’s Yugi facing off against Seto Kaiba over the fabled Blue-Eyes White Dragon, or something more recent, these are all familiar duels for fans of the TV show. 

Aside from being a fun trip down memory lane, the campaign is also a requirement if you want to build your own custom decks. Campaign missions will unlock new booster packs for you to buy with Duel Points (DP), the in-game currency. It’s fantastic that there are no microtransactions in sight, but the booster pack solution has it’s own teething problems.

Not only can you get several duplicates of cards you already own — well beyond the limit of three copies per card that are allowed in a deck — but it can also take a long time to find specific cards you’re looking for. The boosters each have hundreds of possible cards to unlock, and you can only open 8-card boosters one at a time.

Unlocking the boosters by playing the campaign is also a nuisance if you’re primarily looking for multiplayer matches, but thankfully, you can play each series separately. This means active TCG players can quickly jump into the VRAINS duels to unlock the boosters featuring Orcusts and Cyberse monsters, for instance. 

The fun doesn’t stop there, though, with sealed and draft play both available, along with online and local multiplayer. These are all excellent additions that help round Link Evolution into a more complete game than previous digital Yu-Gi-Oh! entries.

However, there are some hiccups to be found along the way. The audio, for example, does let Link Evolution down a little. The music and sound effects, though high in aural quality, can get repetitive before long. It’s also a shame that there’s no voice acting during the dialogue segments of the campaign, but that probably would have been a licensing nightmare anyway. This does mean that there’s no harm in playing with the sound off entirely, though, which makes it perfect for quick duels on public transport.

There is another downside of Link Evolution as well, but it’s almost a necessary evil. I’m talking, of course, about the lack of tactility in a virtual TCG. There’s a certain allure to playing games like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering, or the Pokemon TCG in person.

Link Evolution, like every official Yu-Gi-Oh! title before it, can’t match the tactile feeling of holding the cards or the nerve-wracking tension of live play, and while the automatic shuffles and instant searches are often a significant boon, the response popups here are still an ordeal. On the default setting, Link Evolution will prompt you roughly 10 times per turn if you want to activate a trap or quick effect. Other options exist to counteract this, but they aren’t without their own shortcomings.

Even with these irksome issues, though, Yu-Gi-Oh! is still a fantastic deck-building TCG title, and the portability of a game like Link Evolution can’t be understated. It's great for theory-crafting and playtesting new builds, ideal for someone that doesn’t have enough time to keep up with the ever-changing card game, and the perfect entry point for beginners.

There are tutorials to explain all of the game’s mechanics, both new and old, which are concise but effective. You also have the option to play with character-themed decks in story mode if you don’t feel like constructing your own decks, though it also gives you some generic structure decks to improve if you’re not sure where to start constructing. Sealed and draft play modes are also brilliant learning tools for anyone looking to improve, so there’s a bit of something for everyone.

The performance has been spotless on the Switch so far, too, and the graphics are all vivid and authentic. Iconic cards like the Blue Eyes White Dragon and Number 39: Utopia even have their own entrance animations. Though these can get old for more mature players, this is a charming touch that is sure to wow a younger audience.

Pros
  • The campaign is a fun trip back through time to enjoy each series of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV show
  • Efficient tutorials help newcomers brush up on the current rules
  • Over 9000 cards included and not a microtransaction in sight
  • Tons of content, including sealed and draft play, plus local and online multiplayer
Cons
  • Collecting individual cards that you need can be an absolute chore
  • Mechanics are unforgiving if you make a misinput

Whether you’re reliving childhood memories of card-swapping on the playground, brushing up on your latest TCG builds, or coming into Yu-Gi-Oh! completely fresh, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is the best game you’ll find.

At $40, the entry price may seem high, but there’s well over 30 hours of single-player content available, various multiplayer options, and no microtransactions in sight.

If this has whet your Yu-Gi-Oh! appetite, why not check out our other Yu-Gi-Oh! coverage, here.

[Note: A copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution was provided by Konami for the purpose of this review.]

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Interview with Producer Charles Murakami https://www.gameskinny.com/n3ozc/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-interview-with-producer-charles-murakami https://www.gameskinny.com/n3ozc/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-interview-with-producer-charles-murakami Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:42:11 -0400 Erroll Maas

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is an upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game and franchise.

Link Evolution also serves as an updated version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, which originally released digitally for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 30, 2015, and on PC via Steam on December 7, 2016.

At E3 2019, we had a chance to check out the new game as well as interview producer Charles Murakami about new summoning methods, worldwide releases, other Yu-Gi- Oh! games, and more.

GameSkinny: Link Evolution features over 9,000 cards, so is it based more on the TCG (Trading Card Game, which it's called in North America, Europe, and other territories) or the OCG (Original Card Game, as it's called in Japan)?

Charles Murakami: It's actually not based on the TCG nor OCG. If  a card is released in both territories, this game is likely to have it. There might be a few that aren't in the game like some promo cards, but for the most part, if the physical card was released worldwide, then it's in the game. This is the first time in a while that we have a game released worldwide. With each territory having the same set of cards, you can play U.S. versus Japan online. Online play is also ranked. So, if you're ranked number one online, you’ll be number one in the world.

GS: With that many cards featured in the game, how do you work with the balancing for all of it?

CM: Well, the TCG side has handled a lot of the actual card balancing, but putting all the card assets into the game, getting the cards to play correctly, and having the AI be able to play those cards has been quite a challenge, definitely. But we're diligent enough to try to make it happen.

GS: Something a lot of players noticed when Link Evolution first launched in Japan is that it already had full English language support. What was the reasoning for this?

CM: Yes, it has English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese, and it has all those languages because we wanted to make sure that the game is compatible worldwide. We didn't do an exclusive Japanese version where only players in Japan can play with each other, and having multiple languages ensures that every release is the same version. This way, there won't be any problems with players competing against each other.

GS: This will be a first time in eight years a physical version of a Yu-Gi-Oh! game will release in North America and Europe. What is the reasoning behind that?

CM: It's been so long that we wanted to do that again, and the thing about physical copies is you can also lend it to a friend. Link Evolution has tutorials throughout, so if you're new to Yu-Gi-Oh! it's a good way to start. So if you're a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan and you have a friend who's interested, you can then lend a physical copy to them.

GS: Some of the cards from the OCG are censored in the TCG for a variety of reasons, but some players noticed the Japanese version still had these censorship changes. Why was that?

CM: If you play the game in English, we want to display the card art you’re used to, so the game will show the TCG card art. If you change the language to Japanese, it will show you the Japanese art for most of the cards. There's some Japanese art that we couldn’t use for different reasons, but for the most part if you play in Japanese it will actually show you the Japanese card. The game's rating is also T instead of E10+ this time.

GS: Recently, the new Master Rules, including new Monster Zones, have been introduced. Are these the only rules in the game or are the old rules in as well?

CM: It's only the new rules throughout, since we didn't want to confuse new players with lots of different types of rules. To make sure everything works with the new rules, we've tweaked many of the AI opponents’ older decks from the original Legacy of the Duelist as well.

GS: So for older players who aren't as open to newer features like Pendulum and Link summoning. What would you say to help them get interested and what did you do in this game to help do so?

CM: So the game starts all the way back from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. The first series has a little bit of Fusion summoning but the rules are fairly basic. Then, the next show, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX introduces a lot more Fusion summoning (with each following campaign introducing a new summoning method such as Synchro, Xyz, Pendulum, and Link).

Each one of these has a tutorial explaining how to use the new cards and a sequence of additional duels that slowly increase in difficulty. By the end, you'll be and expert at everything Yu-Gi-Oh!. So no matter where you may have started or stopped, this game will get you back up to speed. 

GS: So one game Link Evolution is likely to be compared to is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links; why was the decision to make an updated version of Legacy of the Duelist for Nintendo Switch rather than a Nintendo Switch version Duel Links with an offline mode?

CM: We noticed that although there is crossover with people playing both Duel Links and the physical card game, players dedicated to Duel Links like the fast format, while others likes the longer, combo driven play of the traditional Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. We like allowing players to choose between the two.

GS: So in another comparison to Duel Links, it features some voice acting here and there but Legacy of the Duelist does not. What is the reasoning behind that?

CM: We don't have voice acting mostly because we have over 130 characters with dialogue covering multiple TV shows. That is a lot. We were actually making the game as Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS started airing, so we were literally watching the TV show during development.

It would be hard trying to get voices on top of that when we weren't even sure what the dialogue would be yet. We wanted to make sure to try and get as much of all these shows into the game as possible.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is currently available on the Japanese eShop with English language support. It will launch for Nintendo Switch both digitally and physically in North America and Europe on August 20. The physical version will include three exclusive promo cards.

For more E3 2019 coverage, but sure to head over the conference hub page. Here are a few articles to get you started: 

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Heads West in August https://www.gameskinny.com/25xst/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-heads-west-in-august https://www.gameskinny.com/25xst/yu-gi-oh-legacy-of-the-duelist-link-evolution-heads-west-in-august Tue, 21 May 2019 15:18:27 -0400 Erroll Maas

Konami's Switch-exclusive, updated version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, has a release date: August 20, 2019. The reveal comes from a brand-new trailer for the game uploaded to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel (seen above).

In addition to the release date, the new trailer also revealed that three cards will come as a bonus with the physical version of the game that's exclusive to North America and Europe. The three cards are Progleo, a Link monster, Micro Coder, a Cyberse archetype monster, and Cynet Codec, a new spell card.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is the first game based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise to release on Nintendo Switch. It originally launched in Japan on April 26. The previous version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist launched digitally for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 30, 2015, and on PC via Steam on December 7, 2016.

Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will be the first physical Yu-Gi-Oh! game to release in North America and Europe since Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus for the Nintendo DS. Link Evolution will also include all content from the previous version as well as an added story mode based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRainz anime series, new master rules, link summoning, and over 9,000 cards.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is currently available for pre-order digitally on the Nintendo Switch eShop for $39.99. The Japanese version has an English language option, so players who can't wait have the option to purchase the digital version of the game on the Japanese eShop. 

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