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a game by KOG Studios
Platform: PC (2021)
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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The Free-to-play lineup has become a saturated one in recent years, with game developers from all over the world trying to use this format to draw in huge numbers of players through the caveat of no price of admission. It’s a tactic that has worked well for many and allowed no name IPs to skyrocket to popularity. Well, it seems that there is a new kid on the block aiming to offer a free side scrolling MMORPG to the FTP community. We are of course referring to Grand Chase.

This game plays like other titles of this ilk such as Lostark, Runescape, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Bless Unleashed and Neverwinter. This game aims to offer a blend of open world gaming, hack and slash chaos and anime bliss. However, does this game hit the mark, or simply end up chasing its tail? We find out in our review of Grand Chase.

Anime Arcade Action

So, lets begin with the visuals on offer within this game. Honestly, we were torn as at times this game reads like a great anime showcase that offers great visual moments and environments to explore. However, at other times, this game feels like a well made mobile game that simply cannot compete with the other games in the genre. The 3D aspects do help to make this game feel more modern, almost like a 3DS title at times. However, the inconsistency is a real issue.

The gameplay does do quite a lot to make up for this shortcoming. The bosses on offer, the environments that you can explore, the wide variety of attacks, powerups, tactical strategies one can employ and the co-op functionality all make this game a joy to play through. Learning the attack patterns of huge bosses feels like something from a Metroidvania style adventure and combining this with an MMO format feels like a stroke of genius.

Sadly, where other MMO’s do an excellent job of packing the in-game world with lore, environmental cues and other subtle storytelling devices. This game fails to offer anything of the sort. The characters to meet are underwhelming, the story itself is very thin and there is little throughout this campaign that makes you want to come back for more when you separate the other game assets from the gameplay itself.

The Verdict

Overall, we have to say that for a free game, this title is a fun MMO experience which has excellent gameplay. The combination of 2D combat and massively multiplayer functionality is superb. Plus, the game does look excellent in spells, especially when there is a lot happening on screen.


However, this game is not consistently visually appealing. Nor is the story anything to write home about. Which in turn leaves the player feeling underwhelmed and after a few hours, we doubt many will stick around.


  • Free to play
  • Decent 2.5D visuals
  • Gameplay is fun and fast paced


  • Story is not worth battling through
  • Visuals are inconsistent

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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