Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
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  1. A run of the mill game. When you play this game you feel as though this game should be better than it is.
  2. 71
    The story concept behind the game is surprisingly interesting, diverging from the typical rehashing of a franchise universe seen in many similar tie-ins.
  3. 60
    The most distinguishing feature of Duelists of the Roses is that the game is really freaking hard.
  4. Play Magazine
    60
    A beautifully produced, rule heavy, text heavy, story heavy, lore heavy, chess-like card battle royale that could have Yu-Gi-Oh fans pulling more all-nighters than the graveyard shift at Del Taco. [May 2003, p.61]
  5. 60
    Probably best appreciated by newcomers to the Yu-Gi-Oh game who want to learn how to play.
  6. GameNow
    58
    As you get deeper into the game, the attack/defense system starts to make sense, and the whole play experience becomes very tense and strategic. [Mar 2003, p.40]
  7. netjak
    57
    Instead of building on everything that made "The Eternal Duelist Soul" a good game, they built upon everything that made "Forbidden Memories" a mediocre game, and then added enough additional confusion and frustration to the game to make it nearly unplayable for all but the most rabid of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.
  8. The presentation is terribly stripped-down, and as an odd duck sort of hybrid strategy game, it doesn't offer much accessibility or depth.
  9. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    Everything about Roses is designed to make you feel like a total loser. The difficulty level is ratcheted up so high, you're bound to lose billions of battles before you can build a decent deck. [Apr 2003, p.98]
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    50
    A surprisingly addictive experience. The problem is, it takes forever to learn how to play the damn thing. [Apr 2003, p.120]
  11. Strictly for fanboys, PS2 library completists or masochists in search for a higher-than-normal threshold of pain in their interactive diet.

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#15 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 10 out of 42
  1. BillyP.
    May 3, 2003
    10
    The game is awesome. The only thing i dont like about it is that thay shuld let you pick more deaks.
  2. Apr 17, 2016
    10
    The more time and brain power you invest into this game, the more you will be rewarded when you discover the depth of this game. It's a flawedThe more time and brain power you invest into this game, the more you will be rewarded when you discover the depth of this game. It's a flawed masterpiece. Full Review »
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    1
    the game is so **** unfair, the first few fights are so easy and you always **** win then when it gets to the third one (mai valentine) youthe game is so **** unfair, the first few fights are so easy and you always **** win then when it gets to the third one (mai valentine) you just get **** raped over and over and over. they give you some hope and just wiggle the tip near your **** for a bit and you think the raping is over and you're about to get away and then they just shove it back in there and watch you cry like a little **** i hate this **** game Full Review »