Granblue Fantasy Anime Game Review Pt. 3 – Gacha

Third part of a big review is all about gacha content in Granblue Fantasy: is it playable without paying real money and how donate can influence the game.

Links to previous parts of Granblue Fantasy review:
Part 1
Part 2

Alright, this is the most important part for this whole Granblue Fantasy review. You probably have a question “Do I have to sink any money into this?” or “Is this game Pay-to-Win? (P2W)”. Let’s first try to answer both these questions first;

  1. No, you don’t have to sink any money into this game at all, you can start from Day 1 and hit endgame with not spending a single cent in the game. All the microtransaction consist of spicy skins for characters, more gacha pulls or even items that help you with progression. However all the items and Gacha pulls can be earnt through gameplay.
  2. Definitely Not, this game doesn’t promote any P2W methods. You can spend money for more pulls, but to be frank with you all the gacha pulls can be earned if you are patient enough.

For the Gacha Pulls, there is a currency called crystals, plus there are tickets that help you towards the Pity System called a spark. By saving 300 pulls you’re able to specifically select a unit that’s within the banner. The best advice – to wait for special banners that increase the SSR rates or when the best characters are in + the SSR boosts at the same time. It can be extremely tempting to pull for units every banner but you won’t get anywhere by doing that. So just save all your pulls for a Spark – it’s worth it. You can be extremely lucky and get other strong characters as well as getting the unit you wanted.

Granblue Fantasy is extremely rewarding. It’s one of the most generous games I’ve played in a while. You get crystals from literally anything in game. You get tickets more than you get crystals. As you can see the game just rewards you for just playing. Don’t even get me started on the events – this is the prime time to get crystals and tickets. So as you can see this game can be completely free, it’s entirely up to you if you want to support the company or not.

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Granblue Fantasy Anime Game Review Pt. 2 – Gameplay

In this part we will finish with gameplay and set the route to other interesting features Granblue Fantasy has. Enjoy!

Links to previous parts of Granblue Fantasy review:
Part 1

Class System

Having so much range and almost unlimited amounts of team comps and strategies, your MC has to keep up with all of it. That’s why developers have implemented a special class system. This really distinguishes what type of player you are. You have your generic Tank, Damage Dealer and Healer. However, Granblue Fantasy is too cool for that. It has even more classes that fit a specific type of playstyle or a goal you want to try and achieve.

There are multiple tiers (4 tiers) and each tier is better than their last class tier adding additional effects and bonuses to the class. In addition to these Tiers there are 2 special tiers: EX1 and EX2. The classes there are completely different from the other tiered classes as they are completely unique and have a completely different playstyle. I’m not going to go into detail I want you to experience them yourself. You could say they’re quite special 😏.

Raids

Well I’ve got the foundation laid out, let’s get into the Raids. If you think GBF is all about a single-player experience, you’re quite wrong! This is where the coveted raids come in. There is quite a lot of raids in this game. They consist of other players joining and helping you fight the boss. You can have 30, 18 and 6 member raids. This can often be chaotic because having so many players all trying to damage and kill the boss at the same time can often lead to your team being wiped. There are players that are a bit inconsiderate to other members. They often can one-shot the boss or just power through, leaving you unable to get the maximum amount of rewards; or you can just be a complete badass and just solo raids. Since there are so many raids and some are incredibly hard to solo.

Cygames really emphasis team work in Granblue Fantasy , especially with the newer raids that come out. These raids have so many mechanics that you can learn through trial and error or you could research. I’ve made so many memorable moments learning the hard way about a specific mechanic within a raid and discussing it with others. This game truly makes you want to improve and discuss the game with other players.

Gameplay Loop

This is probably the part that will really make or break a game for people. Gameplay loops are in every game and how it’s handled can really enrich or ruin the game. GBF’s gameplay loop is all towards progression and early on it’s insanely intimidating. When you start off you have such an enormous wall in front of you, however please don’t be disheartened about this. This game rewards effort. you can play casual or hardcore it’s entirely up to you and how much you enjoy the game.

The gameplay loop consist of farming and almost more non-stop farming. This game is often referred to Grindblue Fantasy and the name doesn’t lie. You farm raids that have a chance for dropping weapons that go into your weapon grid (weapon grids buff your team by giving them unique buff and HP/ATK stats too) and then you farm more! By farming and getting more weapons to improve your team you’re able to beat harder and harder raids. Truly this is the gameplay loop. It can really make things really difficult or even stale (at some point) for players. I enjoy this gameplay loop as it reminds me of World of Warcraft or any other MMORPGs. It’s incredibly satisfying seeing your progression go from smol bean to a buff gorilla. You can gain insane amounts of progression from day 1. Personally, I would set small goals and an overall main goal to aim towards. This tries to attempt to keep the game relatively fresh and avoid the “this game is stale now” thought.

Collaborations

This game can get some really cool collaborations, As the writing of this review there’s a Code Geass Collab going on where you can get all the MCs from the Anime. In the past there have been an Attack on Titan, Detective Connan, Love Live!, The Tales Series, Street Fighter, Persona 5 and they even had a McDonalds Collab.

I guess, that is all for the Gameplay part, so in next posts we will talk about other features.

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Granblue Fantasy Anime Game Review Pt. 1 – Introduction

Let’s get this out of the way first; this is a gacha game. It means that it’s a free-to-play game with the mechanic of collecting heroes and weapons that you can obtain with varying rarity from a roulette.There is a bit of monetisation to this game HOWEVER Granblue Fantasy is completely Free-to-Play (F2P). This means that you can start the game and hit endgame without sinking any cash into this game at all.

Alrighty, since we’ve got the vital point out of the way first, let’s get right into the finer details on why you should play this game. The article will be divided in several parts, so we would cover all the stuff! In this part we will fully discuss the gameplay.

Gameplay

This section will be relatively long because Granblue Fantasy (GBF) has such an in-depth gameplay mechanic. I’ll try my best to explain it in layman’s terms. I will put it into two parts, as there is a lot to tell about!

GBF is a turn-based strategy Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) where you’re given a party consisting of a total of 6 members. 3 Front-line members that start the battle off with the Main Character and 2 Back-line members, that support and replace dead members. There is also a summon mechanic that allows you to call specific summons. They can give you unique buffs or even debuff the enemy, and this can truly change the tide of battle. Each member has a set of skills they can use, as well as a unique “Ultimate Attack” or Charge Attack. These charge attacks can be achieved by having your characters do a normal attack or use certain skills. Charge Attacks are extremely strong and have unique activation buffs/skills that can really aid the team. The best way I can describe the game it’s very close to Final Fantasy 7 in its combat.

Since there are so many unique heroes, there is a tier system to them. These tiers consist of Rare, Super Rare and Super Super Rare (R, SR, SSR). Each of these characters have beautiful artwork and cute little chibi forms (in battle). There are so many characters and they usually have copies of themselves. To easily distinguish each character, there is a special system. This is where we get into the Elemental Wheel. There are 6 Elements in the game in total: Wind, Earth, Water, Fire. Then there are the two edgy elements; Light and Dark. Having all these different elements allow having multiple different parties that have an advantage over a specific element. Can you guess what element beats which?

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