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Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway To The Destined Duel Package Art
†GENRE
††Card-RPG
†DEVELOPER
††Konami
†PUBLISHER
††Konami
†NUMBER OF PLAYERS
††1-2
†CONNECTIVITY
††Yes
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway To The Destined Duel

Donít have the enough money to buy all the Yu-Gi-Oh! booster packs you want? Got a Game Boy Advance? Than has Konami got the sweetest deal for you! Based upon the popular and growing franchise, Yu-Gi-oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway To The Destined Duel aims to bring the collectable card game to a small screen near you, even though Konami has done this a couple of times already through most systems with subtle differences. However, the 2003 release of WWE promises to be the most complete and compelling experience yet.

visuals

The limitations of the Game Boy Advance are all too familiar to most of us. However, this shouldnít stop the developers from exercising their initiative. For the majority of the game, youíll be spending your time on a virtual battlefield, parted into three segments (due to screen restrictions). It is accurately represented but there are very few flashy effects that break up the monotony. The game uses cards as they are seen both in the TV show and in reality. It contains accurate scans of over 1000 of the best and most popular cards, with acceptable results.

Outside of the battles the HUB is not much better. Even though the game follows storyline with very little depth, within it there are recognizable locations from the TV show. To add to this, multiple characters from the TV can be met, and they all look just fine. Though these visuals are nothing spectacular or groundbreaking, theyíre good for what they are in fact attempting to do.

audio

There are no voices from the TV show and only a limited amount of tunes that arenít really memorable themselves. Playing this game with the sound off is recommendable to sustain your precious battery life. Really.

gameplay

Iíll give it to you straight. If you know nothing about Yu-Gi-Oh! I suggest that you go and look for your gaming needs will be elsewhere. For the Yu-Gi-Oh! fan without the ability to obtain the countless number of real cards, welcome to paradise.

There is no tutorial or welcoming committee; you pick a deck of cards (at random) and WWE throws you straight into the action. The aim of the game is to take your mediocre deck, beat everyone that you come across, and enhance your deck with the booster packs that you win.

Along the way, youíll meet and attempt to beat a huge range of characters from the TV show. The beauty about this is the length that the developers have gone to make these characters as authentic as possible. This is mainly by means of the cards that they have in their decks. The game is based around the time of the Battle City tournament and all the characters are here in the game. This is including the rare hunters, a band of rare card thieves. These guys could probably be considered mini-bosses, because once you have beaten all of them, the pathway to the final boss is opened.

The card game itself has been well translated to into the Game Boy Advance. It is actually much easier to play using the engine within this game than in real life. The automated rules and simple yet accessible interface help to streamline the battles and give you great control. Anyone who knows even vaguely how the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game works will take this game like a duck to water. Iíve known people who have adapted to playing this game simply after watching a few episodes of the show.

It is outside of the battles that the game contains a separate branch where you can organize your deck and trunk of cards. Again, the interface is simple yet accessible. You could (virtually) completely reconstruct your deck well within a minute.

multiplayer

Another advantage of beefing up your deck is to take on your friends in head-to-head duels. If the single playerís potential gameplay hours can easily exceed the 100 mark, just imagine how many more hours can be added to that with a multiplayer mode that is compatible with anybody elseís copy throughout the world.

overall

What this game lacks in glitz and glamour, it makes up in structure, skill and longevity. And while the uninformed will struggle to see what is so good about this, fans will revel in the opportunity to play this game. With over 1000 cards, simple and streamlined battles, a need for deep strategy, and potentially huge gameplay hours, the title exudes authenticity. Since World Wide Edition was released some time ago, you could probably find it at a really nice price if you look hard enough.

final score 8.0/10





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