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!
Grand Kingdom is one of the most interesting things I've ever had on my Vita, combining so many ideas together and somehow making them all work. Like a weird looking dish at a foreign restaurant your cousin recommended, you might doubt it can be anything other than a huge mess, but once you get a taste of it, you'll realize just how wrong you were.
One of my common gripes about role-playing games is that the genre has largely been stagnant. Too many games rely on the same concepts and mechanics that fans have seen for decades. That's what makes 'Grand Kingdom' feel so refreshing. Sure, Monochrome's debut has its fair share of flaws, but it also offers up a unique brand of gameplay that really isn't found elsewhere. If you're looking for a role-playing game that is trying to do something different, and innovative with online play, then this is certainly worth checking out.
Grand Kingdom takes some time to get going, but once it does, it's a great tactical RPG.
Grand Kingdom is a JRPG for those bigger on game-play than flashy production values and gripping narratives. For its effort to do something interesting with the combat system alone it's worth getting, especially when (to this very day) the genre largely leans on a basic, decades-old turn-based combat system. Fighting and navigating the game board can require strategy at times and so too can sinking your teeth into the tremendous amount of content in this game. While Grand Kingdom makes some strange game design choices at times, it remains mostly a breath of fresh air in a particularly formulaic genre.
If you're an RPG fan looking for something a little different, Grand Kingdom is definitely worth a look. I might be a huge fan of JRPGs, but I'm sympathetic to the way many role-players are turned off by the archaic systems and goofy stories often found in the category — but this is one title that has the potential to cross that boundary. Keeping the silly story to a minimum (and remaining humorous when it does spring up), the emphasis is on battling and building up your party members, loot stash and territory, which is something I think many gamers could find themselves sinking time into. On top of that, you won't find any tired "old-school" turn-based battles or lame button-mashy action-RPG combat here. Grand Kingdom's blend of board game-style map exploration and intriguing lane-based combat is something you won't find anywhere else on PS4, and that's really what makes it something to be savored.
Grand Kingdom is a JRPG that combines good tactic structure with a frantic, fun action. A great compromise for those who love the genre.
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Bland ancillary elements can't derail Grand Kingdom's razor-sharp focus on inventive tactics gameplay.
For the patient, Grand Kingdom is very worthwhile stuff. As a debut, it proves that Monochrome Corporation is a talented development outfit, and this is one of the more original takes on the tactics genre that we've seen in recent years. The reliance on a specific online experience that is reminiscent of mobile games makes me almost wish I was playing this on iPad, but the sheer depth and breadth of content more than validate the premium price point.
Ultimately, I think that Grand Kingdom is a game that should definitely be played by anyone who is interested in it. It’s fun, and showcases a ton of really great ideas. I can see plenty of players loving the game to death, while easily understanding any of the criticism said against the game. However, the gameplay style is a breath of fresh air in comparison to many of the games available now, and is certainly worth a shot if you’re interested. However, I’d have trouble recommending the game to someone that isn’t interested to begin with.