Set in a fantasy world similar to medieval times, The Seven Deadly Sins focuses on the group of knights — Meliodas, Diane, Ban, King, Gowther, Merlin, and Escanor — who disbanded after they were framed for murdering the Great Holy Knight. Princess Elizabeth, joined with Melodias and Hawk, searches for the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to battle the Holy Knights.
Similar to other battle card games, Grand Cross’ main gameplay allows players to control a team composed of four characters in total. The fourth serves as a backup player should one of the main characters be defeated, and for many of the battles in the main storyline, some battles will require a specific character. In the game, every character has a certain attack, debut, and stance cards. In battle, players have to choose three cards or moves to play, and if two cards end up next to each other, they combine automatically to form a 2-star card. Similarly, a 3-star card will appear if two 2-star cards end up next to each other. The game offers some flexibility in being able to skip some moves or resetting the choices to allow players to choose the cards that they desire. Additionally, if one of the characters fills their ultimate bar, an ultimate card will appear for the player to activate.
As players progress in the game, more new characters will be available to them. The tiering system for the characters is similar to that of other games: R, SR, SSR, and UR once evolved. There are enhancements for each character, and players can build their own teams in the game. Players can also team up with friends or other players to battle demons in Deathmatch mode, along with battling other players through PvP mode to compete with players around the globe.
Highlights and Thoughts
Grand Cross manages to attract players through its storytelling, attention to detail, and its art. While some of the animated sequences come directly from the show, many of the in-game moves are original, full of vigor and color. The RPG game enables characters to feel as if they are in the same world as Melodias and the others, especially with the movement around the map and battles with Holy Knights. The game truly fleshes out all the details in the story, staying true to the characters’ motives and actions whether it be from the anime or an original short in the game. Fans of The Seven Deadly Sins will definitely appreciate the game’s adaptation to the source material. The game accurately portrays key moments in the show, along with other storylines that are unique to the game. The side missions or quests also add to the details of the game, showing how thoughtful the developers were in immersing players into the medieval-like world of the Seven Deadly Sins.
One of the best parts of the game is the amount of customization that is available for characters. Players can level up heroes through potions, equip stat-driven accessories like bracelets, necklaces, armor, etc. Additionally, players can also choose different hairstyles and outfits for the characters. There are also fun things to do such as take pictures of the characters in AR mode. On the other hand, the game might also feel overwhelming for new players with the number of customizations, quests, and plethora of information.
Overall, Grand Cross is a great game for anyone who is interested, whether or not one is a fan of The Seven Deadly Sins series. As a fan of the anime, one might enjoy reliving the experiences from season one and season two, as well as appreciate the refreshers from the show that one might have forgotten completely. The game is also very friendly toward newcomers as the card battle mechanics are easy to pick up and the story is easy to follow with the fluid 3D animations, colors and art style. Grand Cross will fully immerse players into the world of The Seven Deadly Sins, and one will find that it is a well-made cinematic anime game.