Video Game Review: Yu-Gi-Oh Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale

The newest video game in the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise just hit the Nintendo Switch not too long ago. It is Yu-Gi-Oh Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale.

Dawn of the Battle Royale is based on the current Yu-Gi-Oh Sevens anime. Rush duels are a feature on the show which is the selling point for this game. If you do not know what rush duels are, you are in for a treat. Rush duels limits the field down so both players would have only three Monster Card Zones, and three Spell and Trap Zones. The key here, is that you can normal summon monsters from your hand as many times you want during your turn. And at the start of each turn, you draw cards from your deck until you have five in your hand.

Once you know the basic rules, you are able to play. Being a veteran of Yu-Gi-Oh, I can say that the flow of duels are very fast when you have a rush duel. There were multiple times where my duels would end in less than 15 turns.

As you progress through the story, you will gather cards and in-game currency to buy more cards. Unlike in past Yu-Gi-Oh video games, the way to acquire these cards are based on rarity. That means it is a long grind to get the cards you want because the decks you begin with are too basic.

Speaking about the cards, there are fan favorites such as Blue Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, and others. But their iconic artwork along with several of the classic cards have been altered. I do not know why this decision was made, but I got used to it after a few plays.

I also like that the duel puzzle mode from past World Championship games returned on Dawn of the Battle Royale. This time, they are all under specific ranks and they are quite challenging. Especially for the duel puzzles that have different win conditions.

Overall, Yu-Gi-Oh Rush Duel: Dawn of the Battle Royale is a nice addition to the Yu-Gi-Oh video game franchise. Rush duels are for the ones who want the current TCG simplified and shorter. If you are a first time player, I would recommend playing this game that could introduce you to the genre before going pro with the current TCG format.

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C2E2 2021 Recap and The Best of Cosplay

Photography by Julian Cannon

For the first time in nearly twenty two months, C2E2 returned for a weekend of cosplay, gaming, panels, and much more. You would think that the ongoing pandemic would have made C2E2 2021 less fun, but that was not the case at all.

Big name celebrities such as John Cena, Hayden Christian, David Hayter, and Giancarlo Esposito were the draws of the show. Also to note, the All Elite Wrestling superstars had the biggest line of the entire weekend. When you have names such as Matt Hardy, Orange Cassidy, and CM Punk appearing in C2E2 under the AEW banner, there will be fans lining up to see them.

But like for any of the guests, it is the first time since the pandemic started that fans of all fandoms are seeing them in person. There were safety measures that were enforced the whole weekend at C2E2. These included proof of vaccinations, plexiglass at the photo ops area, and for masks to be worn at all times on the show floor and in the panel rooms.

Speaking about the show floor, the iconic C2E2 red carpet that covered the entire floor was nowhere to be seen. The same thing happened at New York Comic Con, but it was at this show where I noticed it more. I asked a representative of ReedPop why this decision was made and I was told it was because of the ongoing pandemic. I really felt for the cosplayers who had on heels or footwear that is not built for concrete.

C2E2 Show Floor Entrance. Photography by Julian Cannon

Another thing that was sad to see at this year’s C2E2 was the lack of vendors. Over at New York Comic Con 2021, there were less vendors, but they managed to fill up the empty space. Here at C2E2, it was not a good impression at a first look. I can also say that it was a good thing that I easily walked the entire show floor this time around.

With that out of the way, I enjoyed what was offered at this year’s C2E2. I hope when the show returns in 2022, C2E2 will be back to the scale that it once was before. Now it is time for the best of cosplay! All the photos were shot and edited by me!

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