Grand Kingdom is a huge tactical JRPG from NIS America with a lot of depth. The game will be released for PS4 and PS vIta with Cross-Save support later this week. As I said a huge game and with Asynchronous Multiplayer, So how great is this game? Let’s find out in our Grand Kingdom review!
Grand Kingdom is set in a medieval fantasy world where four nations are at war fighting for superiority. The game is set 100 years after the Fall of the Uldein Empire. Your role as a mercenary squad is to carry out contracts for one of the four nations. You select the members of your party out of seventeen potential classes, including Medic, Arcanist, Fighter, Hunter and more. You can also choose the voices and colors of your party members to differentiate them.
The gameplay is really interesting as you play on a what looks like a board game with chess pieces. You get a set number of moves, and you have to reach your destination within those moves. Along the way, you will fight battles, and your enemies will move in real time. You can also the open treasure chests that are scattered around the playing field and collect resources.
When you initiate a battle with an enemy piece, it will take you to a turn-based setting where you can move between three lanes to unleash a flurry of attacks. The Square button activates your standard attacks, the Circle button is for special attacks, and the Triangle button is for healing. Depending on your party classes your attacks will be a mix of ranged and melee attacks.
Each member of your party has a set number of moves they can make. There is a blue meter at the bottom of the screen, and when that is empty, you cannot make any more moves. If you think you cannot attack you can choose to end your turn early. I found the battle system and the board game style gameplay very engaging and quite addictive.
The game has role-playing elements, and you can level up your characters and learn new skills. If you are not happy with your party set up, you can swap them out and purchase new classes, and you can even set up multiple parties! As you can see, there is a lot of freedom and room for experimenting. Leveling up allows you to assign a set number of points to your class stats and once you have turned all the stars gold you automatically gain bonuses for that stat. You can also attach pyroxenes to your equipment to enhance their stats, not to mention that using Grimoires teaches characters new active and passive skills that greatly increase your party’s odds of survival.
Grand Kingdom is a huge game that will take a ton of time for your to master, especially thanks to its asynchronous multiplayer. What is Asynchronous multiplayer you ask? Well, there is a lot of it on mobile releases, in turn-based games such as Scrabble or Words With Friends – those of you from back in the day might refer to it as “play by mail.” Once someone has taken their turn you are notified about it and carry on with your turn – it is a convenient way of playing when everyone can’t be on at the same time. Luckily the Platinum trophy can be achieved by playing solo, so the multiplayer quests are completely optional and a nice bonus.
Grand Kingdom has a lot of depth, and the quests system is split into three sections: Campaign, multiplayer and optional side quests you can complete for some extra goodies like EXP and loot. The optional stuff will have you infiltrating places without being seen, collecting resources, taking over enemy bases, and more. For the multiplayer quests, you basically compete against other players to see who can complete quests in the most effective way.
The art style and the graphics, in general, are really stunning with lots of attention to detail which is amazing. The game overall is quite complex, and you will spend a lot of time working on the tutorials. Overall I had an amazing time playing the game for my Grand Kingdom review, as it’s certainly a game you just can’t miss. The Vita version is absolutely identical to the PS4 version, with the only real difference is the graphics are scaled back a bit, because the Vita obviously doesn’t have the same horsepower as the PS4. The game is also compatible with the PS TV so that you can make the most of your portable game purchase!
|Lots of depth and choices.|
Huge amount of content.
|Very complex game.|
This review is based on PS4 and Vita copies of Grand Kingdom provided by NIS America.
Written by: Tracey
- Contributing Editor