With college being done for now, I'm involved in gaming again. Currently I'm into MMOs again.(Massively Multiplayer Online Games) As a middle school student I would spend many days playing different games and going on wide adventures. Picking up a laptop was like entering a new world. In a way, you could say this started my interest of anime. I've decided to write this post today, because I wanted to share with you one of my favorites, Grand Chase.
While many know it's successor, Elsword, Grand Chase is a bit different. Grand Chase is a Korean MMO. I would describe the game as being 2.5D instead of 2D or 3D. Instead of featuring a wide world to walk around or an anime-like flat plain; the game uses 3D characters in side-scrolling dungeons. Controls consist of the arrow keys to either jump, move down, or walk left and right. The Z and X buttons are used to attack. ASDFG are used for specials. Dungeons are filled with floating platforms like you'd see in a Mario game. There's a wide cast of characters, each using unique weapons.
The old Grand Chase servers had originally closed down, but the game has reopened again. It's free to play always with a few premium features, such as armor and weapons.
I remember loving Grand Chase because of it's unique feel. I had played many MMOs, some feeling like copies of others, and most being a grind fest. However, Grand Chase never felt that way to me. While grinding was a necessity at certain points, it never became boring. The game wasn't at all balanced, but something about it was fun.
I urge you all to try out Grand Chase if you have the time. While the game isn't really great for someone who wants a balanced system, it's relaxing and lots of fun. The voice acting isn't top-notch, the graphics may look a bit old compared to others, and it might feel closed and clunky. Despite all of this, if you can learn to look past the surface, you'll definitely enjoy it!