|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Konami||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 23, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
The 5D's sub-series of Yu-Gi-Oh! has brought a lot to the franchise. From new characters like Yusei, Akisa, and Jack Atlas to the mysterious world of New Domino and the Satellites that surround it, there is quite a lot to the 5D's series. When the decision was made last year to start incorporating elements from the 5D's series into the World Championship game series, fans were nervous. However, the switch to the 5D's series brought many positive elements including a more robust story mode, which incorporated characters from the game, and a new virtual card battling interface, which included a new "guide" system that controlled the flow of battle and prevented inappropriate cards from being played during the wrong phases.
These changes were certainly a gamble, as the World Championship series was quite well established, but they paid off and made World Championship 2009 much better than its predecessors. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2010 builds on the momentum of last year's World Championship to create a well-rounded title that Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will certainly enjoy.
Like all Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship titles, Reverse of Arcadia requires some knowledge of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. Although there is a tutorial mode, the game doesn't go into much detail about the battle system, and if you are picking this game up as a franchise newbie, then you can expect a steep learning curve. The Yu-Gi-Oh! card game is quite complex, and if you are not familiar with the basics of the game, World Championship 2010 will be an exercise in frustration.
However, if you have at least a passing knowledge of the rules and the different card types, the guided card battle system will actually help you improve your game. Much like the World Championship 2009, Reverse of Arcadia's card battle system has a robust phase system that only allows you to use cards when appropriate, and it also includes warnings about special summons that have effects that may be detrimental to your game. The guided battle system is very helpful for those who are just learning the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, and it also helps speed things up for those who consider themselves experts, as you can quickly shift from phase to phase, and use the onscreen cursor to highlight the cards you want to use and use shortcuts to set them on the playing field.
Although much of the game does revolve around the card battling, Reverse of Arcadia does have a complete-feeling story mode that allows you to do much more than duel. You play as a new recruit for the nefarious Arcadia Movement, which is being manipulated by the Dark Signers. As you play, you will battle friends and foes and will also be able to race in true 5D's style. The game also has several puzzle levels to help round out the gameplay. Though 60% of the gameplay will revolve around dueling, it was nice to take a break with the racing and puzzle levels, and as a result World Championship 2010 feels more like an action adventure game with a card battling system rather than just a card battle simulator.
The story mode may be nice, but of course the real reason to pick up World Championship 2010 is for the online play. Playing Yu-Gi-Oh! online has never felt so seamless, and the guided card battle system works well within the online mode. Within moments of signing on, I was able to find a ranked match and start dueling and there was no lag. Card animations are also very smooth in the online mode; however, if you are using multiple summons, you may experience infrequent framerate drops.