You may or may not have heard about Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duels. Many fans of the long running animated trading card game are very familiar with Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links but may not know there is another way of playing the very popular franchise’s game.
So, what is Master Duel? Battle solo or in tournament play against AI or real player and uncover the story behind the more than 10,000 Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards.
o Tournament play
o Solo play
o Linkable with Yu-Gi-Oh! Neuron (mobile app)
o View Decklists from Duelists worldwide
o Sample Draw
Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel release date
January 18, 2021
What platforms can I play Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel on?
XboxOne, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC
External Reviews / Comments
“Its a hunk trash. It starts out fun, but then you get opponents who no matter what you do pull omni counters, negate card effects that are said not to be. Turns taking up to ten minutes because some meta head wants to be cool and otk you. Its fun at times, but duels in ranked need better rules and banlists. Or this game just belongs in your trashbin its that bad. Konami dropped the ball”
– From HuggableDuke351 on Xbox – 02/03/2022
“Yu-Gi-Oh has changed and tbh its not so bad. I played back when it was all beat sticks and og cards and coming back ya its jarring at first but there are plenty of guides to learn. Also it isnt ptw if you watch a guide you basically get the pass and like 10k gems to build whatever deck if you lose it all it isnt the games fault if you mess up its not hard to try again on a new account”
– From Holy Jamo on Xbox – 02/03/2022
Those dates are also today’s date (date of the article)
So, there are some mixed reviews on Xbox but this is very much the case across the board on all platforms. Which is really the case across the board with all games. It is a free game, so it is worth checking out at least.
My Own Review
The game is rather polished right out the gate. That is always a nice thing for a free game. There is certainly a push for players to spend real money; however, that only makes sense for a free game. I would shy away from calling it pay to win, but there are minimal p2w elements present. The game plays very nicely on console and PC platforms. Competition is always fierce in Yu-Gi-Oh, often a player who has a bad start, bad draw, or who isn’t quite ready at the start will have a very hard time winning a duel. That is Yu-Gi-Oh, not Master Duel per se. Overall, a very fun game for Yu-Gi-Oh fans and those trying to learn the game. I recommend.