Created as part of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh!
' franchise by Konami
, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force
series consists of seven games made for the PlayStation Portable
(with the exception of Evolution
, which was made for the PlayStation 2
instead). The games released were as follows:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force (2006)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2 (2007)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force Evolution / Yu-Gi-Oh! GX The Beginning of Destiny (North America) (2007/2008)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 (Europe/Japan only) (2008)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4 (2009)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5 (2010)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6 (Japan only) (2011)
The first four games were based on the storyline of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
, while the last three were based off Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
. In all games, you as the Faceless Protagonist
roamed the game's world, which consisted of locales from the anime in which they're based from (Duel Academy from GX
; Neo Domino City from 5D's
) and dueled various characters, both canon characters from the two anime series as well as characters made especially for the game. Also, true to their title
, you can partner up with these characters (one at a time) in order to engage in 2-on-2 Tag Duels.Character sheet
for game-original characters also coming up.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force series provides an example of:
- Comeback Mechanic: Destiny Draw, which allows the disadvantaged player to turn the tide of the battle.
- Dating Sim: Much more obvious in the Japanese version. Can be seen as odd when you take into consideration that your player character is Always Male (there is no gender-change option), and many of the characters you can be partnered with are male characters.
- Defictionalization: In these games, a number of otherwise anime-only cards are playable.
- Faceless Protagonist
- Hello, Insert Name Here: Your player character.
- Level-Up At 2nd Heart: Once you finish a partner's 2nd heart storyline, you can start editing their Deck to tailor their strategy to your Deck's.
- Nice Hat: The player character's iconic red hat. Gets a lot of Lampshade Hanging in game.
- No Export for You: Tag Force 3 and 6, which had Japan-only releases (plus Europe, for 3).
- Scenery Porn: Field Spell Cards, when activated, get rendered in (often 3D) animation, which is gorgeous.
- Screw Destiny: In a way, by virtue of the Destiny Draw mechanic.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Some storylines can end this way. One particular story in Tag Force 3 is siding with Chazz in his old obelisk blue uniform (before his Character Development). Needless to say, the other characters really let you have it.