Review by methedemon

"A solid comeback from last year's letdown"

Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006(er..) proves that perfect gameplay rules over any other aspect in a video game, especially YGO. You don't need a stupid story (Reshef Of Destruction anyone?!) nor good graphic, not even a good music. The only thing you need is solid AI and a glitches-free gameplay, and that's exactly what we have.

For some reason Konami did not include an in-game tutorial, again, so the game is not newbie-friendly. The mechanics are fairly simple though here is a brief explanation on the duel flow: first you need to build a deck of 40 cards that consists of monsters, spells, and traps. Now your ready to due! Well its not that simple you can't just put bunch of powerful cards and expects to win. You need a theme and a good strategy, especially in this game the AI is very tough even the first level opponents have good decks.

The duel starts by tossing a coin to determine who goes first, once the duel starts your goal is to win, there is more than one way to do this but the easiest and more common way is to reduce your opponent's life points to zero (you start off with 8000 but some cards can raise your life points) you do this by attacking him with your monsters. Each turn you are allowed to draw one card from your deck, you can summon as many monsters as you have in your hand but powerful monsters need a tribute. Its not all about monsters, spell and trap cards play a big role in a duel, some can assist your monsters (raise their attack power) and some can hurt your opponent's monsters ( lowering their ATT/DEF or even destroying them). Winning duels will give you DP (duel points) which you use to buy new cards. There are approximately 2080 cards! You can build up to 60 deck. There are around 25 opponents to duel (there are only 5 at the beginning you need to unlock the rest). There are duel puzzles as well, where you are put in tough situation like winning in one turn.

The graphics are okay, but one not thing I liked is that now you are able to see the pics on the cards in your hand without placing the cursor on and choosing “detail” that may sound nothing but it fastens the duel a lot especially for those who know what the cards do just by looking at the pictures. Other than that, there is nothing spectacular, one thing I noticed is when you switch to Japanese language some cards have their uncensored images (like Dark Magician Girl)

Overall this is the best YGO game on the GBA, its really a shame that many gamers will not enjoy it because of the lack of tutorial and the high learning curve. But for the vets, this is the game you been waiting for! (NOTE: this game does come with three cards as usual )

10/10 Buy!

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 03/20/06

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