Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force
|English||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force|
|Japanese||September 14, 2006|
|North American||November 14, 2006|
|European||March 2, 2007|
|Australian||October 12, 2007|
|Next||GX Tag Force 2|
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Tag Force is a video game based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime series. It is the Yu-Gi-Oh! series' debut on the PlayStation Portable system and the first game in the Tag Force series. The game was ported to the PlayStation 2 under the name Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force Evolution, and it includes connectivity with the original game's sequel.
The player enrolls at Duel Academy as a transfer student. The main focus of the game is a Tag Force tournament that will take place on the island. Players must find a partner to compete in the tournament alongside. The game includes characters from the anime, as well as characters exclusive to the video games.
The player enrolls at Duel Academy one month after the beginning of the school year during the month of May. As a transfer student, you are automatically placed in the Slifer Red dorm. The game is divided into three parts, each with different goals, all of which are ultimately accomplished through Dueling.
In the first part of the game, one must find a partner. During the first playthrough, the player may select Jaden Yuki, Syrus Truesdale, Chumley Huffington, Bastion Misawa, Chazz Princeton, Alexis Rhodes or Zane Truesdale as a partner. However, in order to convince them to team up with you, you must build a relationship with them. Whenever a conversation is prompted, you are given four options - to talk about "Duels", "The Academy", "Hobbies" or "Rumors". During each conversation one of the first three choices is randomly selected to harm affection, while the other two will improve it. This can be avoided by getting Pharaoh to follow you, should he be with you, all three choices will yield the best result. Affection can also be increased by giving the characters sandwiches that can be purchased at Duel Academy's card shop. Everyone has different tastes, though all seven characters love the Golden Eggwich. Affection is measured via a heart meter. Once seven hearts are obtained, the character will offer to become your partner. Filling the meter completely to eight hearts will result in the character gifting the player with cards that are either hard to acquire or impossible to obtain otherwise. It is completely possible to maximize the relationship with all Tier 1 characters before ending Part 1.
Each Sunday, Tag Duels are held at the Academy's Duel field. Of the seven characters, the one you have the best affection level with will be you partner for those Duels. Should multiple characters be equal, the one with the higher in-game number will partner with you. Due to this, should all characters be equal, the partner will be Jaden by default, as he is listed as Duelist #1. The SAL lab is unlocked as an visitable area, and may use the "Card Converter" and "Rental" machines to expand their collection of cards.
At the end of July, the Tag Force tournament is held, beginning the game's second part. At this point, players may select any character with enough affection to be a partner for the duration of the playthrough. The player and their partner start with 10 GX Medals, and must bet them in Tag Duels with other Duelists. Up to five medals may be wagered per Duel, but the opponent randomly decides the number, and all duels are Tag Duels. One must acquire ninety GX Medals to make it the final round of the tournament, which takes place in the newly-built Special Finals Arena. The tournament is won by winning 4 Tag Duels in the Finals.
Chancellor Sheppard meets with the player and their partner, and entrusts two of the Spirit Keys to them. The game's third part is a conflict against the Shadow Riders. Each of the seven of them has brainwashed another character and they will function as the Riders' partners against the player and their partner. Should one of the characters involved in these Duels already be the player's partner, the Duel against them is simply skipped. Defeating all seven Shadow Riders forces the player into a Duel against their leader, Kagemaru, who must be defeated 2 times in a row to finish the game
Once the player has finished Part 3 at least once, the player can partner with any other character in the game in Part 2 and 3 by asking them to do so in Part 1. Several new characters can be unlocked as opponents and possible partners as well. Playing through Part 2 and Part 3 after beating the game once gives the player the option to do Single Duels instead of Tag Duels, except during the Tournament Finals and against the Shadow Riders.
Screen-sized images are featured at many points in the game. The following images are not associated to any given particular character.
Bolded cards have been printed in the OCG since Tag Force was released.
|Tag Force anime-only cards|
Japanese: 波動の標的 · Rōmaji: Hadō no Hyōteki · Translated: Wave Target
|Brightness of Angel|
Japanese: 天使の輝き · Rōmaji: Tenshi no Kagayaki · Translated: Angel's Radiance
- The player can activate card effects that can search for other cards even if there are no appropriate cards to search. For example "Future Fusion".
- The effect of "Manticore of Darkness" is unusable.
- If "Destiny Board" is destroyed when constructing the message, the other letters remain on the field instead of going to the Graveyard.
Spelling and grammar
- "Dark Sage" misspells "Tribute" as "Trbute".
- "Dark Scorpion - Tragedy of Love" is missing a space in the text '"Don Zaloog"and'.
- "Elemental Hero Erikshieler" reads "this card are" instead of "this card is".
- "Fairy King Truesdale" uses the British English spelling of "Defense" ("Defence").
- "Hyozanryu" misspells "massive" as "massibe".
- "Mystical Elf" misspells "mystical" as "mistical".
- "Nimble Momonga" uses the British English spelling of "Defense" ("Defence").
- "Philosopher's Stone - Sabatier" reads "this turns End Phase", instead of "this turn's End Phase".
- In the "Options" menu, the explanation of the "Activation Confirm" setting reads "confirm it's effects" instead of "confirm its effects".
There are a number of graphics in the code not featured in the game itself, including:
- Mugshot images for Belowski, Wheeler, Mr. Huffington and Franz
- Portrait and overworld sprites for Belowski, Wheeler and Franz
- Icons for DIVINE and Divine-Beast
The game uses two Forbidden & Limited Card Lists entitled "Default Settings" (the game's default list) and "Game Original"; these mostly follow the September 2005 Lists and April 2006 Lists respectively. The computer opponents' Decks will not change to fit different restrictions.
In the Japanese version, many of the characters are named after members of the production staff.
|Original character and monster design|
|Direction and game design||
|Duel Render Programming||
|Story Render Programming||
|Deck Edit / Shop Programming||
|Title Menu Programming||
|3D Character Development||
|Character icon creation||
|Map Character Creation||
|Promotion Video Creation||
|SFX & Audio||
|Special Thanks To||
- Game manual (PDF)