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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)
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  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3 (Europe/Japan only) (2008)invoked
  • 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 latest and seventh entry allows you to revisit past worlds and Miaimi City, combining every single extra deck mechanic from Fusion to Pendulums. Unlike the other games, it removed all dating sim aspects and focused mostly on dueling.

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force series provides an example of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Each Tag Force games only selects relevant characters on the anime it's featured in. It's even more prominent in Tag Force Special, since you can only partner up with five characters per world.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: If you are defeated on a storyline duel, you are given the option to change your deck to give you a better chance of winning. But if you don't take it, you'll have to start the next day again.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The auto-dueling feature can make very dumb moves at times, as can the AI. It's especially bad if it uses your high leveled card suited to win and tribute it for something lesser.
  • Broad Strokes: Every single Tag Force game creates alternate storylines for each character. While some of them vaguely follow the anime storylines, many contradict or even change the outcome in order to give the chosen NPC a satisfying ending.
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  • Comeback Mechanic: Destiny Draw, which allows the disadvantaged player to turn the tide of the battle.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Due to the storylines having four duels each from start to finish, every character's storylines are condensed so only the important parts are given focus.
  • 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. Averted in Tag Force Special as the dating sim mechanics are removed and you can just duel random duelists on the map.
  • 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: Roman’s And Misty’s storylines in Tag Force 4 both end with the Signer demoralized by your betrayal and Misty suffering Loss of Identity respectively.
  • Faceless Protagonist: Red's eyes are not shown anywhere and if his hat is off, there's usually something blocking his face
  • 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: The storylines focus more one the "Slice-Of-Life" aspects and the relationship between Red and the chosen partner.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Tag Force Special, where every single NPC who appeared in the older game is included in the world they're introduced in.
  • Nice Hat: The player character's iconic red hat. Gets a lot of Lampshade Hanging in-game.
  • Planet of Hats: In Tag Force Special each world are divided by their summoning mechanics save for the ARC-V world which uses all summoning mechanics, just like in in the show
  • The Power of Friendship: The storylines usually either focus on Red and the Chosen NPC's friendship growing stronger the more they duel together. This is represented by the heart gauge.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The storylines for each Tag Force games are condensed up to the time their anime is airing. This resulted in Tag Force 4, 5, and 6 have nearly the same storylines, but uses different card decks and ban lists.
  • 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.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: If you partner with someone who dies in the anime, the storyline changes it so he/she survives said event.
  • Ship Tease: Some of the storylines can go and imply this between Red and the chosen partner. Both the straight and the Ho Yay kind.
    • In Tag Force 3, this is quite 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 through in Tag Force 3, that when everyone else pretty much blames 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.
  • Tournament Arc: You can be able to join a Duel Tournament with your chosen partner, and it's usually a fast way to fill out the heart gauge and earn DP.
  • 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.

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