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)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special (Japan only) (2015)
The first four games were based on the storyline of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, while the following three after Tag Force 3 were based off Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.The latest and seventh entry combines series from all five continuities of the first Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D's, ZEXAL, and Arc-V. ZEXAL itself also has a Tag Force like 3DS spin-off game under the name "Clash! Duel Carnival!". In all of the Tag Force 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.The latestand seventh entry
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.
- Continuation Fic: Somewhat seems to be the case for Tag Force 3. Because Season 4 was rushed and not to mention Americans not even getting a dub for it; the game takes the task of elaborating certain character's motivations such as Zane's introspection and Syrus's further character development.
- 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.
- Decomposite Character: Due to a programming oversight in the 1st game, Nightshroud and Amnael are treated as separate characters from Atticus and Banner. Corrected in the sequels.
- Downer Ending: Romans And Mistys storylines in Tag Force 4 both end with the Signer demoralised by your betrayal and Misty suffering Loss of Identity respectively.
- Faceless Protagonist
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Your player character.
- Level-Up at Intimacy 5: 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.
- Running Gag: There are times in class during the first game where Syrus won't notice Bastion until he speaks, and Bastion will reply with "I'm always here!"
- 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.
- Ship Tease: Some of the storylines can go and imply this.
- In Tag Force 3, this is quiet prominent in Jaden's first heart storyline when, while everyone else ran away and/or left after Jaden went Brainwashed and Crazy as the Supreme king, Red Hat stayed and dueled the hell out of him. Add that factor in the narration of how the latter half of season 3 went though in Tag Force 3, that when everyone else pretty much blame Jaden for everything bad that is going on, Red Hat is the only one who stayed for Jaden no matter what they said.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Primo's ending in Tag Force 5 reveals your character is a dueling member of Yliaster sent back in time to influence dueling to change the future (Primo's present) for the better.
- 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.