Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution’s New Content Makes the Series’ Best Game Even Better
With the console release of Link Evolution and a new content update on Switch, Konami has made one of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! games even better.
The problem with Yu-Gi-Oh! games, generally speaking, is that they always get outdated a few months after release, due to new content being added to the card game on a regular basis. Because of this, these games can launch without up-to-date content, which is sorely missed by the community. The new update for Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is looking to change that. The developer has, seemingly, attempted to make the most up-to-date version of the game possible, and for all intents and purposes, they have succeeded.
After the new free update for the Switch version and the game’s release on other consoles, Link Evolution now has a ton more content than it did before. First and foremost, not only are there more duels in the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS campaign, but EVERY duel from the show is there (as far as I can tell). From Playmaker’s first duel with Revolver (I refuse to call him by his English name) to Soulburner’s introduction (my favorite character in the show by far) all the way to Playmaker’s final duel with Ai: everything is seemingly here and it’s a blast to play through.
That being said, there are definitely some difficulty spikes. The duels against Ghost Girl are notoriously hard. It took multiple attempts for me on both the PS4 and Switch versions of the game to beat her and even then, I barely scraped by. I even used decks that have the potential to FTK (First Turn Kill) to no avail. These duels are the only REAL difficulty spikes, but they are certainly worth noting.
The only major complaint I have when it comes to the new VRAINS duels is the fact that just like before, there are absolutely no cutscenes to speak of in this campaign, even though every duel is here. While this isn’t a huge loss, it just makes VRAINS stand out among the other campaigns. While it was more understandable when there were only three duels in the game, the fact that every duel from the story is here makes it less excusable.
In terms of actual cards and content, there’s a lot here to enjoy in Link Evolution. After the new content was added, there are now over 10,000 cards in the game from both the OCG and the TCG, which is just…amazing. Playing an official Yu-Gi-Oh! game with what is essentially the most up-to-date version of the card game is really nice. I can make whatever deck I want to make with little to no restrictions. While there’s not much to go in-depth about here given the absolutely insane amount of cards in the game, just know that having access to all these cards allows for a ton of freedom when making your deck.
I was able to play this update on two separate consoles. For the PlayStation 4 version of the game, the game ran pretty much flawlessly. Aside from the fact that there were few people playing the multiplayer, the game ran buttery smooth and looked great. It’s not really that hard to screw up given how simplistic the game is when compared to other titles, but still; credit where credit is due.
After playing the PlayStation 4 version for a while, I switched over (ha!) to the Switch version of the game to see how the new additions hold up. While that version is the same content-wise, there are some major problems with it. The application itself seems to have a major problem with crashing. At several points I would be in the middle of a duel, about to win, and the entire application would crash back to the home screen. I wasn’t doing anything insane or crazy, just in the middle of a duel, playing as I normally would. I’m also not sure if it’s a bug related to a specific deck or card either, because it’s crashed on me while I was using a variety of different decks and characters. While it hasn’t gotten to the point where it’s ruined the game for me in any regard, it is extremely annoying to being on the comeback of a duel, only to have that comeback be ruined by the game crashing.
All in all, however, this new update is amazing. Having all the VRAINS story missions available at my fingertips, as well as the slew of brand new cards, makes for an absolutely wonderful Yu-Gi-Oh! experience. While the game crashing on the Switch version and the lack of cutscenes in the VRAINS campaign is unfortunate, there’s no denying that this is still the best and most complete Yu-Gi-Oh! experience you can find right now.