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Can you think of any game where you can level to 9999? Have you ever been able to do hundreds of million points worth of damage with attacks that defy all logic? Or have you ever been awarded for bad behavior at school, while the nerds are punished? The only game that comes to mind is Disgaea and it has now made it’s way into the Vita with added content that brings a new flavor to the story.

 

 

What is Disgaea 3?:

Disgaea 3 takes place in Evil Academy, located in the Underworld. As you may imagine, a school for demons value the badly behaved (known as honor students) while giving the cold shoulder to the goody two-shoes (known as delinquents). The main character, Mao, is an honor student and son of the Overlord (basically the principal, and ruler of that part of the underworld).
At first Mao is trying to kill his dad because he … stepped on Mao’s gaming console which had thousands of hours invested in it… of course the story is not that basic and as you go on you will discover unexpected plot twists that, despite sometimes being supposedly serious, is told with a humorous feel to it.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGARNuxWsLo%5D
(I do not own this video)

 

 

What is new on the Vita? :

Nippon Ichi Software have decided to port Disgaea 3 Absence of Justice (on the PS3) rather then make a new Disgaea game. They make up for it by adding so much new content that it feels like a brand new experience. This is a rough list of what is new:
  • 1) All the DLC (Downloadable content)  on the PS3 version will be free on the PS Vita. There are tons of extra characters and new chapters to play through.
  • 2) New gameplay options have been added to match the PS Vita touch screen and unlike other PS Vita games, things such as touch-screen hasn’t been abused.
  • 3) Dialogue scenes have more emotions and movement, although some argue that there are too many dialogue scenes in the game.
  • 4) New outrageous attacks and evilties ( to the already massive list of attacks/ evilities/ classes and combinations already available)
  • 5) Two new characters in the story which will have an impact in the main plot, they are : – The uptight Student Body president Stella Grossular
  • – and the VERY stereotypical cute/ innocent cat girl Rutile
  • 6)  Disgaea 4 characters make an appearance and two are actual bosses

 

 The odd thing:

The strange thing about Disgaea games is that the main story is only for the story …. (read on, im not crazy). In other words, the main story is the tip of the iceberg, if I were to guess; it would be 40 percent of the fun in-game. Only the perfectionists/ bored/ fanatic or curious gamers will carry on playing after the story finishes, this means that a large  portion of gamers have missed out on 60 percent of the game. In the post game you unlock far more stages/ stories/ classes/ items etc.
In the main story your attacks defied gravity but in the post game you are jumping into space, grabbing the moon and throwing it at your bewildered foe (literally). This is a good way to reward the dedicated gamer but it makes a huge number of players miss out on highlights of the games, therefore making you miss out on feeling god-like and seeing secret parts of the story that can actually  be quite funny. The learning curve has also been described as  hard to get use to, although I personally had no problems learning how to play.

 

 

Overall:

Disgaea games are brave, they ask the gamer to look past the graphics and rewards that player with fantastic content and gameplay. Sadly, many modern gamers can no longer look past the graphics and into the soul of a game thus making Disgaea easily overlooked. The new features on the Vita definitely make this game worth getting if you like exaggerated tactical RPGs that makes games like Final Fantasy Tactics look  stale and boring.
With the fact that more content has been added to this already largely complex and deep strategy RPG game. This is easily a game that will take more of your free time then any other game available at the moment on the Vita. The small flaws such as getting use to everything, long but skippable dialogue scenes and graphics not being the best around, isn’t enough to lower the rating of a game that offers so much in such a small package.

 

 

9/10 

 

 

Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention

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