The pokemon CCG is actually great. And I mean that in all seriousness. The biggest shame is simply the franchise, because the game has a lot of depth and good balance.
Anyway, on to EoJ. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this manage to incorporate the worst of electronic CCGs and cardboard CCGs, then add a few more negatives on top?
And what are the perks?
Here’s what I can tell:
-Have to pay large up-front investment cost, like an all-in-one electronic CCG. (i.e. Culcept or the like.)
-Oh, but that only gets you a starter. Now you have to go spend more money on cards like the abusive cost struction of a traditional cardboard CCG.
-You have to have a PS3, a TV, a camera stand with wired Eye Toy, and a large flat surface (table?) in order to play. This would not work at my house without moving furniture.
-The cards are butt-ass ugly. I realize this is to facilitate the tech tricks, (green arrows allow alignment, ‘runes’ are unique barcode,) but the fact is that they’re still butt-ass ugly with a small amount of practical or attractive space.
-If you want to play online, the PS3 tells you what cards you draw, which (as I understand it) means you then have to manually find that card in your deck before you can play. So every turn, you’re digging through your deck for specific cards. I’d rather, you know, play the “make interesting decisions” game, not the “keep looking through my deck for cards” game.
-You have a cumbersome ‘deck registration’ process every time you want to edit your deck, involving putting cards in front of the damn camera, waiting for it to register the card, then repeating for the entire deck.
-Cool eye candy and nifty tech trick.
It just seems like other than the novelty of seeing a 3D unit popping out of your card, there is absolutely no gain to this system compared to an all-digital CCG. And I’m sorry, but that sounds like a retarded number of hoops to jump through all for that novelty.
I want to want to want this, but it seems like one of the highest-hassle, worst-value, and gimmick-reliant products I’ve ever seen. So if I’m missing something, I’m totally serious when I ask you to clue me in.