Whenever someone asks me which is the best action RPG that I’ve played you won’t hear me say Skyrim, Diablo or Witcher. Yes, those games are fantastic and Blizzard knows how much time I’ve spent on Diablo 3 loot farming on my Barbarian. But three games come to mind. The Legend of Zelda, Secrets of Mana and Chrono Trigger. Secrets of Grindea reminds me of these games that I enjoyed when I was young, where you get an open world to roam around in which also combines action and puzzle solving games.
Secrets of Grindea has two modes of gameplay. Story and Arcade. In story mode, your adventure begins when your father gives you a Bag of Holding and tells you to school to become a Master Collector. The original story and the fantastic dialogue just adds to Secrets of Grindea’s playability. Building your character is what I love about this game. In most top down action RPG’s, you are only limited with a sword and shield where you only just stab enemies. But in Secrets of Grindea, you have talent trees where you can either build your character as a fighter, tank, ranged DPS using magic or healer. This works out especially if you play in co-op. Different people in your group can assume different roles.
Arcade More is more like Survival Mode. You start out with just a basic sword, shield and bow every time you start in arcade mode. Health is scarce as you enter floors, (don’t worry you’ll pick up some health along the way) defeat enemies and pick up treasure along the way. The further you go, the more points you will earn. You’ll also level up on the way up because the mobs get tougher. Any furniture or vanity items earned in this mode will also be carried over to Story Mode. You also get to upgrade your home base (starting area) where you can add more NPC’s and obtain additional quests.
At the time this article was written, the game is currently in pre-order stage. But anyone who preorders will get to play the demo instantly. With the number of main quests, side quests, the collecting you have to do and the endless floors in arcade mode, I believe you’ll get your money’s worth.
When I first played Secrets of Grindea, I was hooked. The gameplay and soundtrack are remarkable. I’d definitely recommend this game to anyone especially if you tire of all these AAA cookie cutter games.
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