Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel by jeuxvideo.com

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Announced in the summer of 2021 among other Yu-Gi-Oh! projects, Master Duel presented itself as a different title in its desire to break away from the anime universe. Instead, this new free-to-play game tries to faithfully capture the physical playing card game experience. For a convincing result?

For those who are not familiar with the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the arrival of a second free-to-play from the playing card game is surprising when you know the existence of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, available for free on PC and mobiles since 2017. And yet, when you take a closer look, you quickly realize that the two titles have a very different philosophy. First of all, while Duel Links uses characters seen in the various Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga, the latter are completely absent from Master Duel since this new game is intended to be a faithful adaptation of the physical playing card game. The title will then prefer to focus only on the story behind the cards and its multiplayer aspect.

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

However, this does not prevent Master Duel from offering a slight scripted dimension thanks to its single player mode. Once the game is launched, we are first greeted by a small questionnaire which measures the degree of knowledge of the player in relation to the universe of Yu-Gi-Oh!. The tutorial is then adapted according to the answers, with the basics exposed to us first., then more advanced mechanics which are optionally offered to those who want to discover decks with particular functioning. Once these steps have been completed, we therefore find single-player campaigns that all take place in the same way.

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

After a short presentation of the lore, we are entitled to a tutorial and then to a fight in real conditions to familiarize ourselves with the deck. Once the duel has been won, new illustrations that allow you to learn more about the story behind these cards come to conclude the campaign and we thus obtain the basic deck. For the more determined, you are also entitled to additional missions to collect even more cards. If these campaigns are quite practical to become familiar with decks with very particular functioning (End of the World, Knights-Gems, Elementsaber…), it must be recognized that the lore is really very light, even anecdotal. For all these reasons, Master Duel is not to be considered as a single-player game, but of course as a free-to-play game focused above all on multiplayer.

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

Indeed, Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel offers two multiplayer modes: first matches between friends in lounges for up to six players, then a ranked mode in which you unlock different ranks as you progress and which is the heart of the game. where Duel Links players might be surprised is that Master Duel takes, as its name suggests, the official rules of the Master Duel which is today the standard format for Yu-Gi-Oh!. While the previous free-to-play offers a deck with fewer cards, a smaller game board and life points halved at launch, here we play directly according to the rules used for the physical card game.

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A neat realization despite a busy interface

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

So, unlike Duel Links, the fights here are much longer in multiplayer, especially if your opponent takes their time. Sadly, it is at this moment that you realize that it is sometimes difficult to find your way around this interface which is not always clear. This is particularly the case when an opponent plays a card and the latter is not presented to the player who therefore does not know its effect on the move. Of course, you can manually read the effect by selecting the card, but the process remains more tedious. Moreover, we can also note that in general, the long descriptions of certain cards may also put off new players, which reinforces the idea that the title is primarily aimed at connoisseurs. Finally, let’s end by pointing out that there are some mistakes in the French translation that will surely be corrected once the launch has passed.

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

But one of the great strengths of this new free-to-play, it is above all its careful technical realization that makes the games as pleasant to play as to follow. In addition to 4K graphics on the platforms that support it (PC, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X), the most powerful cards or the final blow are entitled to special animations which make the duel even more dynamic. The same can be said of the terrain breaking and the music changing as players lose life. Finally, the other major argument of the title is also its cross-platform aspect. The game being available on all media (except on mobiles where it is planned for a little later), you can therefore face players on other machines, but also easily recover your progress on another device. For example, if you started playing on PS5, by creating a Konami account, you can transfer your account to your Switch using QR codes and thus take advantage of the nomadic gameplay and the touch that is taken into account.

An impressive card collection

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

On the content side, it must be recognized that Master Duel hits hard from its launch by offering more than ten thousand cards to collect. These can be acquired in the campaigns, but also by buying card boosters in the shop. As for in-game currency, the title is pretty generous (at least, for now) since you can get a certain number of them for free simply by playing. Also note that it is possible to access secret card packs by coming across a card from this series by opening a classic booster. To finish on the economic aspect of the title, we can also highlight the presence of a combat pass which allows you to obtain more resources as you level up, as well as cosmetic elements to customize your terrain. , its companion or even the back of these cards.

Yu Gi Oh!  Master Duel: The ultimate free-to-play playing card game?

Thereby, between all this choice and the ability to easily acquire new cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! can quite easily build their favorite deck. This is all the more the case thanks to the system which makes it possible to disassemble cards to materialize others, a feature found in many games of the genre. But with its abundance of cards, Master Duel may scare off many newbie players along the way. Fortunately, apart from the preconstructed decks of the solo mode, the title makes a public decklist available to everyone to find inspiration. However, among this impressive number of proposals, it is difficult to determine which decks are viable or not, which means that we can quickly feel lost. Same thing with the deck editor whose busy interface is also enough to discourage more than one.

Conclusion

Points forts

  • An impressive number of cards at launch (over ten thousand)
  • A neat graphic and musical realization
  • Many scenarios to unlock decks…
  • A very practical cross-platform aspect

Weak points

  • A loaded and not always clear interface
  • A less accessible title than Duel Links
  • …with anecdotal lore

By its proposal, Duel Master clearly distinguishes itself from Duel Links, the other free-to-play in the universe of Yu-Gi-Oh!. By focusing solely on the playing card game, the title offers a very complete experience with official rules and a huge collection of cards on all media thanks to cross-platform. And even if it is mainly oriented towards multiplayer, its solo dimension allows newcomers to familiarize themselves with decks through different campaigns. Despite everything, the title is intended primarily for players of Yu-Gi-Oh! in physical format who can deliver dynamic duels here thanks to an effective realization. Enough to give them all the cards in hand to embark on the fierce classified mode.

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Announced in the summer of 2021 among other Yu-Gi-Oh! projects, Master Duel presented itself as a different title in its desire to break away from the anime universe. Instead, this new free-to-play game tries to faithfully capture the physical playing card game experience. For a convincing result? For those who…

Announced in the summer of 2021 among other Yu-Gi-Oh! projects, Master Duel presented itself as a different title in its desire to break away from the anime universe. Instead, this new free-to-play game tries to faithfully capture the physical playing card game experience. For a convincing result? For those who…

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