Here's some comments after playing the first level:
This is complete FF:Tactics to the card game. Don't think you'll get instant retribution after playing two cards. It doesn't. This is a more drawn-out strategy game than the Duel Monsters game is. If you're bored because you're waiting to get a movement crest (multiple if there's a halved-move spell in the dimension), this isn't for you.
Also, your monsters' effects in DM aren't in DDM. No insta-death after a Man-Eater Bug is attacked. No free magic card after Magician of Faith is flipped. There are +/- effects for some monsters, and the Rock/Paper/Scissors etc. rule is also in effect (Beast over Warrior over Spellcaster -- I know it's wrong.. but to make the point).
Oh -- did I mention that you can't save until you lose or win a tournament? Yup. Be prepared to win four games through until you can save.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that DDM does include characters from the manga, so if you see some new characters, it's because they're from the old-school days, and not the 4Kids English version. That is, unless they decide to pull a Food Network and go back and show early episodes.
Graphics are ehh. Music/SFX are ehh. I'd say 2.5 out of 5 for me.
(edited by Teppan-Yaki on 18.2.03 2009) "We had four couples, eight questions, a refrigerator and that's it." --Chuck Barris, talking about The Newlywed Game on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly
Here (computerandvideogames.com) and here (pcgameworld.com) are interviews with the lead designer for the game. He talks about some of the new content (which will eventually be available for download via X-Box live, so fret not, X-boxers)