If you're a fan of the Disgaea series, you'll soon note that Disgaea 3's plot isn't anything that hasn't been offered up by the franchise in previous installments.
But Disgaea 3 manages to save itself from becoming a simple rehash of the original through Nippon Ichi's trademark charm and originality, not to mention a slew of innovative features both on and off of the battlefield.
The third installation in the popular turn-based Disgaea franchise follows cocky young demon Mao, heir to the Netherworld throne and number one honour student at the devilish Evil Academy - an institute where ditching class and failing tests is rewarded, and only the very worst delinquents show up to school on time or even *gasp* perform chores and extra credit!
It's this type of quirky, tongue-in-cheek atmosphere that acts as one of Disgaea 3's biggest draws, as the game offers up an interesting tale cast with hilarious yet endearing characters painted with Nippon Ichi's trademark charm and personality.
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
The first thing anyone's bound to notice about Disgaea 3 is its striking visual resemblance to its predecessors as, quite honestly, it looks almost exactly the same as its PS2 brethren. There are some beautiful new animations and quirky new character sprites both in and out of battle, but we remember being pretty taken aback when we found out that this was a Playstation 3 title.
Thankfully, the Disgaea franchise has never been reliant on its graphical prowess, and in quite a few instances the dated visuals work in the game's favour by offering familiar, friendly environments full of life that never have to worry about slow-down - even when you've just pulled off the most ridiculous Ultimate Attack imaginable.
Now, to what Disgaea is really about: the battles! Disgaea 3's turn-based combat proves as addictive and fresh as ever through a mixture of both old and new gaming mechanics. Disgaea 3 keeps the franchises' trademark randomly-generated battlefields, all the while adding new features such as the Geo-Block system and destructible environments.
If you've played any of the previous Disgaea titles, you'll feel right at home in the midst of battle. The game's interface is also a treat, making level-grinding less of an issue through some of the game's newer offerings, such as a greatly improved interface or the opportunity to earn new special attacks and evil abilities (or as they're constantly referred to, "Evilities") off the battlefield by simply purchasing and assigning attacks, spells and skills to your units.
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Disgaea 3: Specs
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 3
In conclusion, there are only a few things that I can definitively say: if you've never played a Disgaea title before, then head out and grab Disgaea 3. For veterans of the series... yeah, it's more of the same, but with this franchise, when has that ever been a bad thing? Disgaea 3 still manages to carry itself with enough charm and self-referential humor to make it stand out in a wave of "next-gen" role playing games and turn based strategy titles, and is definitely worth a look from hardcore Overlords to fledgling demon wannabes.