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'Tag Force 4' the ultimate 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' game

Jan 19, 2010

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Yu-Gi-OhThe original 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' TV Series ended years ago with our hero Yugi Mutou figuring out the secret of all those Egyptian God cards and saving the world from imminent disaster, once again. But, as everyone knows, the real star of the series was Seto Kaiba.

Yes, you and your trench coat rule, Seto. You rule and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Sucking every last life point out of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, the makers have produced more of the card game adventures in ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! GX’ and ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s’ but without little Yugi and the gang, things just aren’t the same. That fan base has grown up and moved onto ‘Naruto’ or ‘Bleach’.

Yu-Gi-OhNot much has changed with the ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ video game series. That’s actually a good thing. ‘5D’s TagForce 4’, made only for the PSP system, takes the best of the previous installments, cleans them up and puts them in a spiffy little package. Following the Dark Signers TV storyline, you can battle through a Story Mode, jump into a quick duel or battle other players online or in Ad Hoc mode with friends who have a PSP and a copy of the game.

“5D’s TagForce 4’’ offers the popular “sandbox” Story Mode where you can wander around the world map, pick your battles, collect cards and interact with an assortment of personalities and other duellists, both kind and unkind. As you might expect, the duelists have their own particular strengths and weaknesses, which you must uncover to defeat them. Regrettably, there are still those duelists (mostly female, I might add) who rely on stall and defence tactics to win a battle. You know, the ones who lay down something like ‘Final Countdown’ then proceed to delay and delay things until 20 turns pass. Yeah, that’s about as much fun as licking a steel fence in winter time.

Yu-Gi-OhStrategy aside, the duel cut scenes are lively, sharp and colourful on the PSP. The best thing about them though is if you’re sick of your rival spouting off, you can just hit a key to skip them and their aggravating banter. See yah!

As the title suggests, you can engage in tag team battles as well if you befriend any of the duelists you bump into. They will travel along with you, aid you in duels and even battle in your place, you know, just in case you need to step away, make yourself a sandwich or catch the latest episode of ‘iCarly’, ‘Power Rangers’ or ‘Monday Night Raw’.

Virtual slave duelists? Now, I have seen everything. I wonder what little Yugi and his grandpa would think of all this?

With 4063 cards in its library and the ability to store 200 deck recipes, ‘5D’s TagForce 4’ is the ultimate ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ game. You cannot get much better than this, unless someone, somewhere, finally clues into the fact that just like Ash in the ‘Pokemon’ series, you can bring Yugi back, continue his adventures and for the love of all that’s holy, stop churning out second hand clones that nobody wants to see.


Yu-Gi-Oh'Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's TagForce 4'
Format: PSP
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
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Rating: 7 / 10




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