Yu Gi Oh The Duelists Of The Roses

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Platform: Playstation 2
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Yu Gi Oh The Duelists Of The Roses
Yu Gi Oh The Duelists Of The Roses
Yu Gi Oh The Duelists Of The Roses

Released in September 2001 by Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses is a strategy card game published and developed by Konami. The title carries the name of the popular anime franchise Yu-Gi-Oh but takes some creative liberty with the stories it tells. Available originally for the PlayStation 2, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses was met with mixed reviews by fans and critics.

History Re-shaped

One of the best things in this game is the premise creators took with the narrative. Bringin fan-favorite characters from the anime to actual real-life events. The anime/manga itself is known for having characters from ancient Egypt play an important role in the plot of the original series. However here Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses takes a very bold move and retells - in a surprisingly unique fashion the English War of the Roses.

This war took place in 1485 between the houses of Lancaster and York, and their representatives Henry Tudor and Christian Rosenkrauz are substituted by the protagonist Yami Yugi and his rival Seto Kaiba respectively. Of course, there are creative liberties taken, but aside from the character swapping, and the battles being waged through the card games this is a fun historical adaptation.

Trust The Heart of The Cards

The gameplay here is similar to what fans of the series will remember. Each player has a deck of cards composed of monsters, spells, and traps. Players are then tasked with assembling a deck and playing opponents in a turn-based, strategy, and set-up manner. Finally, cards are unveiled and the resolution of effects, attacks, and defenses are done. The game is different from the series, and other Yu-Gi-Oh! Titles in the way that cards move, and by the presence of the “Deck Leader” which is a card needed to be able to play the game, since it contains your Leader Points.


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses is an older title and the visuals clearly display it. Even at the time of its release its graphics weren’t impressive and were more in line with PlayStation One games. Combat itself is confusing at first, but once rules and victory or defeat conditions become clear, the game becomes very easy. The card game itself doesn’t look very good, spells and monsters look fine but the CG animated snippets just break immersion. Sound-wise the game is great, even if the soundtrack feels bland at times, relying on one or two memorable tracks.


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses is a decent game that takes card games into a unique place - history itself. The strategy aspect is fairly easy and serves best young gamers, children, or those just looking for some fun without challenge. If you’re looking at card games like this one, Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone, Slay The Spire, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game are all good choices.


  • Narrative is Unique
  • Audio is Great
  • Returning Fan-Favorite Characters
  • Family Friendly


  • Graphics are Underwhelming
  • Soundtrack is Bland
  • CG Scenes Aren’t Great
  • New Rules Can Be Confusing at First

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Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The game that everyone's calling "the next Pokemon" has finally arrived on PS2, and it's sure to divide players into two distinct camps: fans of the TV show (who will love it) and everybody else (who will likely be confused by it).

The Duelists of the Roses is complicated, difficult, and demanding, which won't be a problem for vets of Forbidden Memories (the PS1 game), but if you're new to the franchise, expect a frustrating initiation. The computer A.I. is way out of whack, making it ridiculously tough for you to score even your first win. And the new Fusion system is confusing as all heck. But to be fair, when compared to Yugi's PS1 debut, Duelists definitely offers the better experience; the new board layout adds a lot, making the game feel a bit like chess.

There's plenty of strategy involved, and once you get to the point where you understand the defense and attack principles, it's definitely addictive. The big question is whether you'll play long enough to understand all the rules.

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As was the case with Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories on PS1, The Duelists of the Roses is a true love it/hate it kind of game. Fans of the franchise will scream bloody murder when they see this score, while casual gamers are gonna think the grade is at least a couple points too high. But here's the bottom line: While far from great and way too complicated for its own good, Duelists is reasonably deep and ultimately pretty satisfying. Players willing to put 20-plus hours into learning the rules of this crazy card-and-board-game hybrid will have a decent time. After all, the monster battles look fantastic and the game's strategic elements make for a surprisingly addictive experience. The problem is, it takes forever to learn how to play the damn thing. Combining monster cards to create a more powerful deck is the key to winning battles, but trying to understand all of the unstated (and seemingly arbitrary) card-compatibility guidelines is a nightmare. Worse still, the steep learning curve will obliterate new players. Weevil, the first boss, is easily as tough as Kaiba, your final opponent. If you've never played a Yu-Gi-Oh! game before, it's possible that you'll lose for a good 10 hours or so before claiming your first victory. Oh, and I have to mention the music--the melodic harpsichord battle tune is fine...for the first few hours. A little variety would have been nice. Fans of the show and strategic gamers with perseverance should ante up; everybody else should pass.


Some card-battling games, like Monster Rancher BattleCard (PS1) and Card Fighters' Clash (Neo Geo Pocket), are fun even for those of us uninitiated into the Brotherhood of Hardcore Trading-Card Gamers. But you won't enjoy Duelists if you don't already know and love the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. The confusing Terrain and Fusion systems, boring battles, and uneven difficulty make Duelists a frustrating mess. It's unforgiving for newbies; the in-game tutorial doesn't actually teach you how to play, so you're left to crawl via trial and error through its convoluted rules. At least fans of the card game will enjoy watching their favorite beasties in 3D, but the rest of us won't find anything fun here.


Play this game long enough and you'll feel like a complete loser. Not because of the Yu-Gi-Oh! license, mind you--I've actually grown to appreciate Yugi and his card-carrying pals, thanks to the endearing cartoons and the nifty manga. Rather, it's because Roses stacks the cards so heavily against you that you're likely to lose the vast majority of your battles. This isn't a game of strategy. No, it's all about random trial and error, memorization, note taking (how else will you recall that the Princess of Tsurugi combines with a Dark Rabbit to form a Negokal #2?), and frustration. Even curious card-battling aficionados should steer clear-- this is for hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! fans only.

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