The character names and faces in The Duelists of the Roses are all drawn from the standard Yu-Gi-Oh! story line, but all the action takes place during medieval times in England. Two factions are battling for control of the British Empire, and, oddly enough, most of these battles seem to revolve around a collectible-card game. You come into the picture as a nameless modern-day duelist, brought back to the past by one of the factions to help tip the scales of the conflict in its favor. Once you’ve decided which side you’ll fight for, the story pretty much leaves the building, and you’ll engage eight different AI opponents in a long series of collectible-card game battles.
Ultimately, though, your strategic skills are less important than the strength of the cards in your deck, and this is where The Duelists of the Roses runs into its first problem. You’re given a choice of three different decks of cards at the beginning of the story mode, but all three of these decks are woefully inadequate against the first opponents you’ll encounter. In fact, barring extraordinary luck, it’s nearly impossible to win a match with the deck you start off with. The best way to overcome these terrible odds is to go into the game’s custom duel mode, where you’ll face significantly less-intimidating AI opponents and use the cards you win from these duelists to strengthen your deck. There’s really no good reason for the game to be set up like this, especially if you consider the relatively young age of the Yu-Gi-Oh! audience. If you aren’t aware of the importance of the custom duel mode, The Duelists of the Roses offers nothing but complete frustration.
- Type: Card Battle
- Players: 1-2
- Release: 16/02/2003
- Gamespot score: 5.1 / Mediocre
- Hosting: Megaupload Rapidshare
- Format : ISO
- Files number: 9 / 2 / 1 / 10
- Parts Size: 842 MB
- Size after decompression: 1.97 GB
- Tested with: PAL NTSC