The Eye of Judgment Legends Hands-On

We check out the PlayStation Portable game based on the PlayStation 3 card game.

The Eye of Judgment was one of the more ambitious experiments from Sony early in the PlayStation 3's life. At its core the title was a card battle game that had you battling for control of a 3-by-3 grid using elemental-themed cards. The shiny layer of polish that differentiated The Eye of Judgment from other card games was the PlayStation Eye peripheral, which read data off of physical cards to generate polygonal creatures on the grid. The PSP version of the game doesn't feature anything that flashy and instead just focuses on the card game, which is a strategic and challenging experience. Sony had a demo of the game running in its booth on the show floor that gave us a decent taste of what to expect.

Who's Making This Game: Sony Japan Studio.

What The Game Looks Like: The Eye of Judgment Legends takes a more conventional approach than its PlayStation 3 cousin for its visuals and relies on 2D art and animation with some 3D polygons tossed in for some flair. The game’s presentation is pretty close to the PlayStation 3 in terms of layout. The centerpiece of the action is a 3-by-3 grid of elemental-themed tiles. Your goal is still to hold the most tiles by laying down cards that represent various mystical creatures and taking them over. A new Story mode on the PSP adds a narrative that plays out in still screens. The visuals are sharp and flashy and work well on the PSP.

What There Is To Do: The demo we played featured a world map with various locations called out on it. Not all the locales were open, but we were able to poke around in a tutorial area and another spot where we got into our first proper fight.

How The Game Is Played: The Eye of Judgment Legends sticks very close to the rules of the PlayStation 3 game. You’ll start each round with a set of five cards and will have the option to mulligan, that is, swap them for another five, if you want. Once you're done sorting your cards, you'll be able to lay a card down on the grid, alternating with your opponent. Each space on the grid and most cards will feature an alignment to one of five elements: fire, water, earth, wood, and biolith. You can place any card on any spot on the grid, but putting a card of one element on a grid space of the same element will always net a bonus of some kind. You’ll be able to adjust how a card faces when you lay it down to take advantage of the directions they can attack in when placed. In addition, you'll be able to use other cards to attack enemy cards, change a grid space's elemental alignment, replenish a creature card's hit points, or perform a number of other beneficial actions. The only limiting factor will be the amount of mana you have, which will be drained every time you use a card.

What They Say: "The Eye of Judgment Legends will be the perfect way to capture any gamer's imagination wherever they are."

What We Say: The Eye of Judgment Legends had a nice feel to it and might wind up working better on the PSP than it did on the PS3. While it doesn’t have the flashy visuals the console game did, its digital card system keeps things simple and fun. The new Story mode and the promise of new modes being added for the PSP along with roughly 300 cards is a nice package. The Eye of Judgment Legends is set to ship this spring for the PSP. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

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14 comments
FlashCharge
FlashCharge

I had very little problems with the PS3 version of Eye of Judgment and spent a fortune on buying all three sets. Then it went dead, no more cards, and very few people playing it. It was a great game, that had potential, but could not gather the fan base. If you have to purchase the same cards over to play it on the psp then it will hit a dead end with most of the original gamers. Sony needs to think this one over, but as far as the game goes it's addicting and fun.

Opeth191
Opeth191

The PS3 one was superb with tons of depth and strategy. This looks to be no different and I can't wait!

king_olly
king_olly

This looks awesome! I loved the ps3 version but it is just too much hassle setting it up and getting the lighting right. Hope they dont try and rip us off by selling cards on the ps store!

GtimElky
GtimElky

Hm... well I actually really enjoyed the original after I got into and found someone that would play with me, but idk if they should make another.

5FingersOfDeath
5FingersOfDeath

Sounds better on the PSP, too much of a hastle on the big bro.

PDJ
PDJ

The original was pretty fun, although it faced a huge roadblock when you were required to buy new cards, and then if you wanted to use expansion cards, you had to buy those too along with the licensing fee just to use them! I feel the PSP version won't face this problem, although losing the real physical cards can take you out of the game to some extent.

Lay5354
Lay5354

Too bad Pokemon is already owned by nintendo or else, that'd pawn everything. Pokemon stadium and all AHHAHAH....."counter gem his A**"

jadefury27
jadefury27

They really screwed the pooch on the ps3 model. paying for dlc to USE cards you have to go out and buy was awful. it had no story mode for a single player experence...man it like they designed it to fail. i'm surprised a yu-gi-oh game wasn't designed to take advantage of the eye toy3 or live vision...

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Yeah kikitube, you absolutely nailed it. 8)

kikitube
kikitube

I prefer Yu-Gi-Oh than this.

drswank
drswank

Unless those cards are digital and can be purchased for a nominal fee from the Playstation store. Sony seemed to enjoy peeps pouring money into the PS3 game with its $14.99 DLC to let you play card expansions that you still had to go out and buy. Still, good to see this series getting some love still. I wish more people could have gotten into EoJ.

o0_L0st_B0y_0o
o0_L0st_B0y_0o

Not a bad game once you got on it, its something different for the psp library but really its just another toned down port

jacky531
jacky531

I have one question: do u use cards? I mean in the PS3 version u had to use actual cards with the playstation eye... OR does it already come in the game and buy cards online?

Vojkan80001
Vojkan80001

WTH? From where did this come from? interesting