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Grim Grimoire - PlayStation 2

4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Metascore: 79 / 100
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Platform: PlayStation2
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  • The main character (Lillet) will not fight directly -- summon elves and fairy units to fight for her
  • Collect mana crystals on the battlefield before your enemeis do -- teh more you collect, the spells you can cast & more minions you can summon
  • Master Glamour, Necromancy, Sorcery and Alchemy magic to beat your opponents and solve the mystery

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Product Description

Grim Grimoire is the story of young Lillet Blan, a student at the Tower of Silver Star. She lives in a world where science is replaced by magic - where youngsters attend wizardry schools to learn the art of magic. Only the most gifted get into the prestigious Tower of Silver Star. When Lillet was away, a horrible event occurred - everyone in the school was killed. Now Lillet Blan must investigate the magical tower to uncover what occured during the 5 days she was gone.

Product Information

Release date June 26, 2007
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,492 in videogames
#988 in Video Games > More Systems > PlayStation 2
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
Media: Video Game
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I have to start by saying I hate real-time strategy games. I've played WarCraft, and StarCraft, and Command and Conquer. I have never finished any of them, but I keep trying. But I love GrimGrim, even though it is not without its flaws.

The storyline is incredible, with real, deep characters, and an interesting mystery. Lilet is smart and fiesty, though she makes mistakes and has fears. The other characters all have their own strengths and weaknesses and motivations, and their actions are believable and fitting.

The battle system takes place in a side view of the tower, and the floors and walls act as impediments to many units, limiting both you and you opponents. Resource management is limited to mana energy. It must be gathered from mana crystals, and it used to lay down runes, upgrade those runes, and summon new units. Runes can be placed in any open space at least three squares from a mana crystal, allowing you to expand into enemy territory. New upgrades to your runes, either in unit upgrades or new units, are given after each storyline mission.

Your soldiers are divided into four schools, Sorcery (Magic of Demons), Necromancy (Magic of Death), Alchemy (Magic of Creation), and Glamour (Magic of Nature). Each type of magic is strong against one and weak against another. Most battles will have you facing units of one or two types, so you can focus on the runes that will be strongest against a given enemy.

This is where some of the games flaws arise. Each School has one type of unit that can gather mana, and they are supposed to be balanced, but that is not the case. Gatherers from Necromancy can pass through walls (a huge advantage in many instances), while gatherers from Alchemy move more slowly than the other schools.
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Who says that the PS2's dwindling release of titles aren't any good these days? Grim Grimoire marks yet another surprisingly great, late in life game for the PS2 that is definitely worth picking up. Combining real time strategy and small RPG elements that make for a unique and fun gaming experience, Grim Grimoire is a blast. You take on missions via maps and unlock pages from the Grimoire (spell books). It sounds complicated, and it is to a point, but once you get the hang of it, Grim Grimoire offers plenty of deep and rewarding gameplay that RTS buffs will not only appreciate, but greatly enjoy as well. The game looks as great as a mostly 2-D rendered game can look, and the colorful characters and quirky moments are more than enough for one to enjoy too. The few flaws of Grim Grimoire is that the story isn't as clever, or nearly as original, as it thinks it is; and many of the maps look too similar to one another, but these are minor gripes at best. The biggest problem with Grim Grimoire is that if you're not into real time strategies, you'll encounter a few problems getting into the game and it's intricate design, but newcomers can get the hang of it in time. That being said, Grim Grimoire is a surprisingly great game that re-affirms the fact that the PS2 is far from dead.
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This is the first Real Time Strategy (RTS) game I've played for a home console system. I've done Warcraft, a little Starcraft, and I wondered how an entire RTS world with the diversity of units and battlescapes could fit onto my aging PS2.

It fits well. The reality repetition scenario, a'la Ground Hog's Day, is the story accompanied by good pacing/characterization. Since story and game play are what I primarily base my evaluations on, GrimGrimorie is a great game.

The downside is that it is a short game -- about 20 hours for the main story, plus whatever additional time you want to spend on the 25 'bonus' levels. (Maybe another 15 hours tops if you unlocked hard mode by beating all levels on normal mode.) The units are generally well balanced, though once you learn how to use one well (for me it was dragons), you'll tend to favor that unit through the whole game. The background graphics are pretty similar, since the entire game takes place in the same setting. Unit animations are detailed and colorful. No complaints about the voice acting or music.

This would be a good game to buy if you enjoy storytelling, and want to play female Harry Potter with devils crossed with Groundhog Day. If you are familiar with RTS games, a one week (or dedicated weekend) rental should show you everything this game has to offer. The designers made sure even people new to RTS games could get through the levels by offering the option of really low difficulties.
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Ever play a game like Warcraft 3? If so, you'll be in better shape than most, but it's not too hard to learn. You need to "mine" for mana before you can casts spells and summon creatures. And each type has an advantage and a weakness over another. Either way, it's quite addictive. That feelings you get from marching an army of creatures into an enemy rune is wonderful, and having something like a dragon or chimera on your side makes it even more satisfying. However, sometimes the enemy has the advantage, and you are the one who needs to act fast. This can keep you on your toes, and makes you choose an offensive and defensive force just in case.

It you like games that require strategy and thinking while also having cute characters and an unexpected story line, you should buy this. You won't be disappointing. Like the idea, but you aren't good with these games? You choose difficulty before each stage.
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