• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Mar 23, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
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  1. Cheat Code Central
    Although I will admit that the gameplay, which is based on a card collecting game, can be addicting, this game has no good reason to be the Xbox... I've seen better graphics on the PSX for crying out loud.
  2. If you can make head or tail of the multitude of minor rules and spell/trap combinations, or already enjoy the cartoon, check this out. Anyone over 12, dig out that old algebra textbook for some more interesting bafflement.
  3. Computer Games Magazine
    But don't come to the title expecting flashy graphics; most of the too few animations look pretty shoddy. [July 2004, p.7]
  4. If there had been Xbox Live support it would have at least given you some live players to compete against, but still would be a boring card-dueling game with too many confusing rules and a bland presentation.
  5. 40
    This is one of those games that will remind you that, many times, your imagination is the most powerful console.
  6. The game itself doesn’t offer anything more than what you get from the paper card game. But with Dawn Of Destiny, you don’t have to spend the cash that it would take to acquire the over 1,000 cards available in the game by hitting up your local card shop.
  7. Game Informer
    The biggest problem is that Dawn of Destiny restricts your freedom like a galactic despot. [June 2004, p.132]
  8. But most mystifying of all is the absence of any kind of multiplayer. There’s no Xbox live support and no two-player mode. Believe it or not, the only way to play with someone else is to have two consoles, two copies of the game, two TV’s and the Xbox link cable.
  9. 50
    The 3D graphics give a crisp look to the fighters, but the actual battles are too short to fully enjoy—though it does move the game along briskly.
  10. Aside from being the first version to hit the Xbox, there isn't a whole lot to differentiate The Dawn of Destiny from its predecessors. It's really just a mediocre card battling game.
  11. 60
    A visually clumsy representation of the card game with an even clumsier and clunkier way to play against another duelist.
  12. You cannot add cards to your deck without winning them in a long series of duels, so it wouldn't even be useful for trying to run tournaments, other than having people bring their decks on a memory card.
  13. A great translation with some nice bells and whistles, but the inconsistent AI and lack of Xbox Live really hamper this title.
  14. For the first Yu-Gi-Oh! videogame for the XBOX, Yu-Gi-Oh! Dawn Of Destiny is a good attempt on Konami’s part. But hope and pray, that the next Yu-Gi-Oh! videogame made for the XBOX really lives up to the excellence that most XBOX videogames deliver.
  15. 50
    Besides the graphical representation of the monsters during battle this game offers nothing over the actual card game.
  16. One of the biggest problems that I found about Yu-Gi-Oh! Dawn of Destiny was the fact that it lacked online play. This fact just downright boggles the mind! Why would you make a game based on a card game, and then slap a $40 price tag on it and NOT have online play?
  17. Official Xbox Magazine
    The entire point of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is to incite adolescent jealousy, gamesmanship and spending, and while fans of the series might find something to appreciate in this title, casual gamers will not. Skip it. [June 2004, p.80]
  18. Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! should probably give this one a rent, then take the change and buy a couple of booster packs; it will immediately become apparent what method of collectible card gaming is more fun.
  19. Just another Yu-Gi-Oh! Game. For fans, that might mean something. The rest of us should give these games a pass.
  20. Your $40 buys you nothing but a video version of the standard, real-life trading card game.
  21. 40
    The lackluster visuals, an unsophisticated setup, and tepid pacing render it more curiosity than keepsake, even for series die-hards.

Awards & Rankings

#91 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
#74 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Feb 16, 2013
    An exact rule for rule Yugioh game coming out on a home console wa a big deal, as most of the other yugioh games were twists of the yugiohAn exact rule for rule Yugioh game coming out on a home console wa a big deal, as most of the other yugioh games were twists of the yugioh card game. seeing this game, i was excited, i made sure it was backwards compatible with the 360, took it home and put it into the 360... not compatible. This was the beginning of a long strech of dissapointments with this game. a few months later, my girlfriedn gave me her old xbox with a bunch of games, so i decided to try again. i finally got to play the game, i was so excited. about 15 minutes into the game, i litteraly fell asleep. im not kidding, i slept for a good hour and a bit, a nice nap none the less, but i woke up and tried to play it again. and i couldnt. it was just so damn boring. and things that seemed small were starting to piss me off more and more. like if you lay a trap, anytime anything happens, it prompts you to activate the card, its just annoying. another thing that was bothering me was how bland the game looked. i love the 3d models and the cards, but the backrounds are so boring and uninteresting. i honestly tried so hard to like this game, i really did, but i just cant. everything about this game is so bland and boring. even the music was dissapointing, and i think its one of the main things that put me to sleep. this is a good concept, but was represented and executed in all of the wrong ways. it has a similair premise to dark duel stories, but in that game, the duels are much more fast paced,. the music is great, and theres more to the duesl themselves, the duels in this game however are very unexciting. even though i personally dont like this game (trust me, even i dont see why, i look at the premise and the menus and all the yugioh characters, get excited, and then start dueling and get bored) i still think that as a game, this isnt that bad, especially since it represents the yugioh card game in 3d, plain and simple. i dont like this game, but i still reccomend it for yugioh fans, who enjoy just playing the card game in digital form. no more, no less. Full Review »
  2. JustinH.
    May 17, 2005
    This game is one of the best games I've played in a long time. this game is addicting.
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jan 1, 2005
    You have got to be a 400 pound man to play this, why not just buy some real yu-gi-oh card.