[Review] Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution! – Nintendo Switch

  • Developer: Other Ocean
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: 20/08/2019
  • Price: £39.99 / $39.99
  • Review code provided by Konami

Prepare To Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution (boy, that’s a mouthful) is a trading card game based on the extremely popular Anime Yu-Gi-Oh! Let’s face it, if you don’t know what Yu-Gi-Oh! is then you must have been living under a rock for the past 20 years; yes, it has been 20 years. Feel old? I do.

With 20 years under its belt it safe to say that Yu-Gi-Oh! has a lot of cards to offer; Link Evolution features a staggering 9000 of them from various generations going up to VRAINS – it doesn’t feature the Dual Power expansion, yet. Still, that’s a lot of cards to play with and build your decks to your heart’s content.

A Whole ‘Lotta Fun

Link Evolution has a pretty extensive campaign that will undoubtedly keep you busy for quite some time. It’s spread across 6 different chapters – one for each generation – and follows the show, featuring the most memorable characters and battles. As you can probably imagine, that’s a lot of battles. As you progress through these battles you will unlock various deck recipes for specific characters that allow you to recreate their decks – or mix it up. Whatever you choose. Not only that but after each story battle you will unlock the reverse battle of each – if you were curious of that other person’s deck…

Whilst playing through the battles in the campaign you will be given the option of playing with your very own deck or using the story deck – the same combination of cards that were originally used in the show. I always opted to use the story deck, I think it added something extra to the campaign. Although, it could get pretty annoying as some decks you use are basically trash.

On top of that heavy campaign, there is a whole host of other game modes to explore and enjoy. You have Duelist Challenges which are pretty self-explanatory, as you progress through the campaign you will encounter various characters, thus unlocking their Duelist Challenge. You then have the Battle Pack mode; Play using a temporary deck using cards gotten from a number of battle packs. Finally we have Multiplayer in the form of Ranked Matches, Player Matches and Local Matches.

Battle Points Galore

Each battle you complete in Link Evolution earns you some Battle Points, the amount you get pretty much depends on how well you played and how many turns are used. Battle Points are used to purchase new card packs and to enter Battle Pack Drafts. That’s right, you can purchase packs of cards!

Okay, it’s not what you are a probably imagining. You can’t go to the store and pick up a specific pack and rip it open with excitement… sadly. Instead, you will select a specific character and you will unlock random cards from their decks. So, if you want to complete Seto Kaiba’s deck you will need to purchase his packs.

De Ja Vu?

Yes, Legacy of the Duelist originally appeared on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One back in 2015. The only difference in Link Evolution being the Link Summoning era being added and it includes all previously released DLC. Does this make it worth its £39.99 price tag? Well, probably not seeing as you can pick up the game on Xbox One or Playstation 4 for £15.99… It’s a hefty price to pay in order to experience this on the Nintendo Switch.

With this being an updated version of a previously released game you would expect that any issues found in the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions would have been fixed. Sadly, this isn’t the case. The AI is still too unpredictable – sometimes you will have to restart a duel multiple times purely because you are not drawing any useful cards at all. Sometimes the AI will get the perfect hand and wipe you out within only a matter of turns and you had no chance. Oh, and I had forgotten how annoying it is when you have a card placed that can activate at any time… the game will constantly ask you if you want to use it… NO.

Generations

There’s no doubt that Link Evolution looks and feels great on the Nintendo Switch. It has received a little bit of a graphical improvement since its Xbox and Playstation days, 4 years prior which made it feel like I was playing a brand new game in the series. Each battle I played just brought back memories from watching the series all those years ago. It’s very nostalgic and it’s nice to be able to shift from generation to generation at my own leisure as you can play each one straight away.

Pro’s

  • Extensive amount of cards to unlock
  • Nostalgic going through the generations
  • Lengthy campaigns with many ways to play

Con’s

  • AI too unreliable
  • Frustrating alerts
  • Pretty Pricey

Verdict

Link Evolution is a great game to experience on the Nintendo Switch system, although it is a pretty pricey re-release.

4/5

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