LOS ANGELES--Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is playable on the show floor at E3 2006, so we grabbed our deck and skittered over there to duel some fools on the PlayStation Portable.
We didn't get to see much of the story in the game, but when we started playing we were running around a school dormitory. We ran around and found a couple cards lying on the ground and chatted it up with a few random non-playable characters. When talking to the characters, you get a large static portrait to accompany the dialogue, which looks nice and adds a lot of personality to each character. The characters themselves all look nicely detailed on the world map, and they all have really massive heads.
After walking around, one of the characters told us to head upstairs to one of the dorm rooms where we found a young man with a bright yellow exclamation point above his head. This indicated that he wanted to duel, so we approached him and talked. He told us he was bored so he figured that the best way to pass the time was to have a card battle. We agreed and a duel ensued.
Before the duel, there was a 3D cutscene that showed our character dramatically preparing for battle by striking a special dueling pose and shouting something about being ready for action. After the dramatic intro, the duel began. Each duel is separated into six phases. There's the draw phase, where you draw a single card from your deck. Then there's a standby phase, followed by the first main phase. In the first main phase, you can summon creatures or cast magic by playing cards from your hand. The next phase is the battle phase, where you can attack your enemy using the creatures you've summoned. This is followed by another main phase, where you can play more cards, and the turn ends with the appropriately named end phase.
Between turns we were treated to more 3D cutscenes that showed our opponent shouting about the cards he was playing. The opponent then took his turn, pausing to shout each time he placed cards and attacked.
There's no word on how many cards are in the game or how the multiplayer game modes will work. Thus far, the game looks like it will do the world's most popular anime-style card-battling game justice, with clean graphics, a simple interface, and a new story. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of 2006, so stay with GameSpot for more details as they become available.