Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses - PS2

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Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: KCE Japan Soft. Co.: Konami
Publishers: Konami (GB)
Released: 26 Sept 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Features: Vibration Function Compatible
Accessories: Memory Card, Dual Shock Joypad


Before Pokemon, would anyone have really taken the notion of card battling seriously? A game that's marginally more interesting than Top Trumps and essentially the same concept as the old paper, scissors and stone idea used to settle playground disputes (unless you were a hardcase, of course)? Well, for some reason gamers can't get enough of it lately and, subsequently, there's no shortage of card battle games. The PlayStation 2 is the latest machine to receive such an offering, part of Konami's popular GBA brand, Yu-Gi-Oh!

In a novel way, this fantastical and magical video game is actually based on actual historical fact, more specifically the 15th Century English conflict, the War of the Roses. Thankfully, though, there are no 'bayonets at ten paces' shenanigans to endure here, Duelists of the Roses relies on the good old, tried and tested combat system of ridiculously explosive magic attacks and massive summoned monsters.

The actual battles take place in the usual turn-based way, with each player able to summon up to five monsters on the battleground. Powers and abilities are governed by a range of factors, most notably card type, but also including location, offensive and defensive point values, and an experience-based rank system. The basic idea is to either reduce your opponent's Leader Points to zero or populate all of your opponent's summon squares on the battleground. Failing that, if you're still both standing after 99 turns then it's a case of the old 'whoever's got most points wins' idea.

Putting an immensely complicated spin of one of the simplest of gaming concepts, Duelists of the Roses makes for an entertaining experience. Yu-Gi-Oh! Is an extremely popular series already - if you're a fan then you'll already be looking forward to this.


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