Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links closed beta was launched today and I managed to have a go at it.
The controls are easy and intuitive – a simple drag for summoning or attacking, similar to the touch gesture that is used in Hearthstone.
Having Speed Duel as the format is a great UX design choice made to accommodate the compact screen size of mobile phones. Duel Generations was a pain to play on a small screen.
Amazing voice overs, beautiful monster animations and pleasingly responsive gameplay, Duel Links is a very well made game that has the potential to be popular.
The defining factor would come down to the business model that Konami will be implementing. The game needs to have a reasonable free-to-play card acquisition rate so that it can retain its player-base, while still giving out enticing benefits to paying players.
The two starter decks are fairly even, with most monsters averaging between 1000 ATK to 1300 ATK.
Kaiba’s deck might be just slightly better with the obvious difference of Blue-Eyes White Dragon over Dark Magician, but Crawling Dragon could be a liability.
These cards would be quickly replaced with new cards obtained from booster packs, so just pick whichever character you like.