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Grand Kingdom

 

 

SCORE: 60

Grand Kingdom 

 

NIS America is known for releasing video games with unique game play elements. Grand Kingdom on the Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita is no exception. It is a turn based strategy game where characters are on three lines. They move forward and backward to attack enemy characters on the same three lines. There is only so much movement and attacking that can be done in each of the turns based on an action bar.

Grand Kingdom is one of those video games where online victories are bought with real world money. If you are willing to purchase additional classes and characters then you will do well online. Grand Kingdom also really shoves the online game play mode down the throats of gamers. Which made me rebel against it even more than I normally would have. Grand Kingdom is a five gig download. Families on economy Internet plans should avoid downloads, and online play at all costs. Thankfully there is the much sought after physical copy of Grand Kingdom available online and at retail.

For decades gaming companies have provided physical copies of video games to media outlets. For some scary reason Family Friendly Gaming was provided a digital download code of Grand Kingdom on the PS4 instead of the traditionally accept physical copy. I am going to consider purchasing a physical copy in the future since it does less damage, and is better for everyone.

The bad content found within Grand Kingdom is blood, violence, enticement to lust, magic, witches, demons, bad language, false gods, false goddesses, alcohol, nasty online comments, and more. You must love the battling and leveling up system in Grand Kingdom. Expect to mindlessly grind for numerous hours. Grand Kingdom is an insanely difficult game with few heals, few items, and tons of grinding. I did not find a way to make Grand Kingdom easier. Which will limit its audience to hardcore gamers only.

Friendly fire is one of the issues with Grand Kingdom. Players can hurt their own characters trying to hit the enemy characters. I enjoyed sending additional parties of characters out there to level up and improve. The music in Grand Kingdom is nice, and the intro is pretty cool. There are also numerous classes and characters to hire. I also liked being the captain of a mercenary squad. The grinding got in the way of the story to the point I barely remembered what was going on.

I like the board game like levels in Grand Kingdom. Our team and the enemies move around freely. It is neat to see the enemies and avoid them. Or to go after a treasure chest. Just make sure you have enough technique points (TP). TP points are earned from battle or from purchasing them. Stat boosts for your characters can be purchase with real world money (in app purchase).

The controls in the battle system were confusing to me at first. I eventually adapted to them. When anyone else here at Family Friendly Gaming tried to play Grand Kingdom they had to go through a learning curve to learn how to play Grand Kingdom. Some of the enemies in Grand Kingdom have no faces. The leveling up system of getting a few stars to add to certain stats is too slow.
- Teen Gamer

 

Graphics: 50%
Sound: 50%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 50%

System: PS Vita/PS4(tested)
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Spike Chunsoft, Monochrome Corp
Rating: 'T' - THIRTEEN and OLDER ONLY
{Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol}
Company provided product
Value/Cost of the review is greater than value/cost of provided product


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