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Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (PS Vita)
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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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Back are the favourites from the universe such as the prinnys, explosive bad tempered penguins and the geo battle squares.
You take on the role of the protagonist as you recruit more followers to your cause [mostly the become enslaved to you after being beaten in combat] as you nearer you goal - to become the overlord of hell.
You will quickly realise that defeating the overlord is not going to be a straight forward fight as the first encounter with him results in you assaulting his hand, which takes up the entire battlefield..!
As well as the usual `missions` that make up the storyline, you can take a break and jump into the item world, each and every item in the game can be played as a battlefield against the residents that `live` inside the item, each floor you complete increases the items power, so the deeper you delve the more useful and powerful the item is going to be for you.
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.
So why is it still the best? Well its pretty endless an so well suited to hand held consoles! You have a wide variety of characters to develop and wowzers can you develop them! In fact you can even eventually mix them and evolve them! There's also weapon customization and creation, a special item world, the list goes on and on. I don't want to give too much away as part of the adventure is learning the disgaea world.
If you like a challenge, want endless hours of gaming, something quick to play on the commute to work or something to pass the time whilst dodging work for ten mins on the loo, then this is the game. It's highly addictive fun. You can work your way through battle maps at your own pace, levelling all your different characters at your own pace.
If you're still unsure watch some gameplay videos on you tube. But for me this game is exceptional!
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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played it every rainy day good buy.