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Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita)

Platform : PlayStation Vita
27 customer reviews

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  • Platform: PlayStation Vita
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.4 x 1.2 cm ; 118 g
  • Release Date: 20 April 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,658 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Please Note: PlayStation Vita titles are not compatible with standard Sony PSP consoles

The award-winning fan favorite Disgaea 3 is set to join the HD handheld revolution with Absence of Detention, an expanded, enhanced special release for PlayStation Vita, slated to land this spring. With all of the console release's DLC, plus new characters, story chapters, quests, bosses, touch controls, and more, Absence of Detention promises to be one of the biggest Disgaea games yet-and you can carry it in the palm of your hand!

  • New PlayStation Vita exclusive content and features: Two new characters and story chapters, new quests and bosses, new skills specific to each job and character class, new moves, and new GPS positioning functionality take full advantage of the of PlayStation Vita!
  • Advanced item customization: In previous Disgaea games, new items could be created based on the stats of something else, but the customization stopped there
  • Compete with your friends using the Record Shop: View other players' game stats and rankings on PlayStation Network to determine who the most hardcore Disgaea player is!

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. Kelly on 4 May 2012
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I've been playing games in the Disgaea series since picking up Disgaea : Hour of Darkness for PS2 about 6 years back, and the games have gotten progressively better and better with each re-release. If you have this game already for PS3, don't let the fact it's a port put you off. This improves on MANY issues with the PS3 version, and adds some entirely new features and improvements not seen in any existing Disgaea games yet.

For those that have played the PS3 version, this game includes all of the Raspberyl mode DLC from that version, all character DLC, and various new DLC-esque expansions. The entirely new content in this game is the addition of two new chapters for characters Rutile (a Half human, half nekomata delinquent), and Stellar Grossenburg (A Majin in training). The replacement of voice actors and the lack of emotions displayed by said actors makes these new chapters somewhat lackluster, but the experience overall is nice, and adds some fun new content to the game. In terms of minor additions, the "Skip animations" setting will no longer skip animations for attacks you haven't seen yet. They also added a new "Absorb" function in the class, so once you have created a character, you can completely absorb them to take all of their skills, evilities, and a portion of their levels. Finally, characters Fuka and Desco from Disgaea 4 have been added as an "End game" treat, once you have completed all extra scenarios.

For those who have never played a Disgaea game. Are you a fan of RPGs? Strategy games? Have you played Final Fantasy Tactics, or Tactics Ogre, but been left feeling like there just wasn't enough content? Disgaea is a great series to get in to.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PL on 20 May 2012
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Ok...I will be honest...I almost gave up on this straight away as it seems like there is a lot to learn (I have never encountered the series before). I love Final Fantasy etc so the genre is familiar, but wow this game is pretty out there and really different. It has great humour, though, and once you kinda embrace the madness, it is a brilliant game. I have been on it today for around 8 hours and have barely scratched the surface. It's the kind of thing I was looking for, having invested in a Vita I wanted an immersive/addictive game.

All I would say is GIVE IT A GOOD CHANCE before you make your mind up. It is certainly different, there is quite a lot to learn, but it is so worth it and for me is a definite must have for the Vita.
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This game is a lot of fun, but uses a very popular engine, that's starting to get annoying.

Firstly: the game. Disgaea 3 is a brilliant game with good doses of humour, combat and strategy. It uses a battle system with phases and tiles, such that a character may move any number of floor tiles, up too a maximum for that character, then attack adjacent tiles or use skills that can hit different tiles within a certain range. Movements are done as and when you please, and attacks are lined up in a queue, and then executed all in a row, allowing for certain attacks and skills to be chained or combined for damage bonuses. The story seems to be quite vast (haven't completed it yet), and the upgrading system is big. Probably a bit too big. For those who like nicely-animated games, this one's a treat to the eyes. The colours are vibrant, the movement is quite upbeat and the animation, where it exists, is quite jolly. The music is quite good, but doesn't change that much throughout the story, so can get boring after a while.

Secondly: my impressions. Although the game is a good one, I can't help but be put off by the battle system they use. This battle system has featured in many games, most popularly in the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, Final Fantasy Chocobo's Tales,and some Fire Emblem games. Although the phase-based modifications made to the system are quite refreshing, it still becomes a bit repetitive after playing a number of the others. Also, this battle system is not recommended for beginners or people who intend on light playing, as there's too much depth to the system, and the battles are intense. The strategic element of the games is good for getting people to think in a logical and out-of-the-box way, but not quite the right idea just before bed.

All in all, best game I've seen using this battle system, but I'm already bored of the system.
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Disgaea 3 is a humorous, fiendishly addictive SRPG that fits the Vita better than it ever did the PS3. The turn-based strategy maps are easy to drop in and out of for short sessions, but numerous and varied enough for longer sessions. The Vita version also contains all paid DLC from the console release for free, on top of its own exclusive content. Basically, way more content than you could shake any manner of stick at.

The mechanics are as numerous as they are complex. To put it briefly, the maximum character level is 9999. It gets more ridiculous from there, but the game does ease you into its more intimidating aspects in the opening hours. After the very charmingly written story (featuring excellent full voice acting in both English and Japanese) is over, the true number crunching begins. There's never a shortage of things to do and achieve in Disgaea 3, so it's well worth the price tag.

The game contains references to parts 1 and 2, but is otherwise an independent story that stands entirely alone. The whole series is of course worth playing, but Disgaea 3's accessibility and lightheartedness make it a good starting point.

For SRPG players, this is a no-brainer. If you just like JRPGs or anime, it's very well worth looking into. Chances are you'll find something to love.
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