“ Manufacturer: Konami / Genre: Strategy „
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 is another one of the many, many video games based around the manga of Yu Gi Oh! or the popular card game. Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 (or YWC as I'll shorten it) is, like many other versions, a simple real-to-virtual adaptation of the strategy card game, and like all the others it features the characters from the manga and television show to duel against, starting with some of the more basic duelists (like Tristan, Tea, and Bakura) to start off with, with more advanced characters joining the tournament as you fulfill the requirements needed.
That's my first problem with this game. Unlocking characters, at first, is a pretty simple thing. Beat certain characters x times to unlock the next level of characters sounds easy enough, but as you get to some higher level CPUs the conditions become a bit more obscure, like having to remove every magic and trap card from your deck for so many duels (and win), and it becomes impossible to figure it out without consulting the internet.
However, each character unlocked has its own level of skill and intelligence, and it's something that I've always admired in the Yu Gi Oh! games - the AI. Having to input all card rulings and strategies must have been complicated.
Unlike other YuGiOh games, though, there's less interaction. In other titles you could travel around a map, or through a city, winning duels and entering mini competitions and so on (read my review on Worldwide Edition) but in this one you simply get given a panel o f duelists to choose from, making it less like a real tournament and more like some kind of vending machine for duels. It misses a bit of the RPG-feel the others had.
There are, however, more cards to choose from, and more cards to win. It lacks the "input code" method used in some other games, to be able to put in the number of your real cards into the game, thus unlocking it for you. Maybe they thought it would make the game too easy.
YWC also features more modern and up-to-date card rulings, limiting certain cards, and banning others. Once you completed the game, though, you can choose to turn these restrictions off.
Yu-Gi-Oh World Championship isn't anything really original, and it differs only from the others in cards featured and AI of players - making characters like Yami Yugi and Kaiba incredibly hard sometimes, but altogether the game plays and looks just like any other YuGiOh game.