Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories is a nice game just has a big learning curve.

User Rating: 9 | Yu-Gi-Oh! Shin Duel Monsters (PSOne Books) PS
(+) fun campaign mode, good free duel mode for practice, unpredictability in duels, good music.

(-) faulty star chip system for card passwords, not knowing fusions can cause frustration in the game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden memories was the first appearance made even before the TV show so it is not hard to see why the game is a lot different from the others out there. You play as the Prince of Egypt from the start of the game and try to stop an evil ruler named Heishin from ruling the world.

On this game you will duel characters in order to progress in the game most of the early ones are very easy and later ones can be much harder to win against. You start out drawing six cards from your deck of cards and can choose to either summon a monster in attack position set a magic or trap card or set a monster in defense mode. You will also have to learn some fusions because your deck will have very weak cards and the odds are that your opponent has stronger cards especially later in the game which can often frustrate people if that can't successfully fuse.

Your objective in dueling opponents is to make their life points reach zero before yours do you can also win if they run out of cards. You will use monster cards as a way to attack your opponents life points or protect your own magic cards can up your monster's stats and make opponents not be able to attack etc. Trap cards are like magic cards but they cant be activated when they are set. If you lose a duel in story mode you will need to duel others in free duel mode in order to get better cards so that you can win against the duelist later and move on.

When you win a duel you will be awarded one card based on your letter grade and star chips that are used to get new cards some of the cards that you can get cost the infinite amount of star chips which is crazy but others are very cheap and can help you well in your duels. Your deck can only contain forty cards and should have plenty of monsters and some magic and trap cards in order to be balanced.

The graphics in the game are not bad the scenes where the monsters battle in 3-D look a bit blocky but the rest of the game looks nice. The music is good and doesn't get repetitive which improves the games lasting value.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories can be a very fun experience if you don't mind about the different rules in the game and having to depend on card fusions you should give this game a go but if you are one of those people that hate the different rules then this game is not for you.