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on 7 April 2012
I've played all of the Disgaea series so far and this is one of the best:
This entry in the series has you follow Valvatorez's quest to show the Netherworld the power of sardines! The world is filled with wacky and interesting characters and you'll encounter many of them whilst playing the game. There are some cameo's from the older games too but you don't need any prior knowledge to enjoy them or the story.
The graphics are a major improvement on Disgaea 3's low res sprites. You can see details clearly this time and world looks so more colourful. The skills and maps have been given HD treatment too and it all looks fantastic.
The strategy role playing mechanics are fairly simple to get a grasp of and the tutorial is great at explaining what everything does. Furthermore, the gameplay mechanics have been refined further for Disgaea 4 so there's plenty for old and new fans to discover. The main story lasts around 30-40 hours and after this there is a lot of things to do such as defeating even harder bosses as well as new stages and maps. Be warned though, if you want to get the most out of the game it involves a LOT of grinding: leveling up items, characters etc. (especially if you're trying to get a platinum trophy). All of this takes a lot of time and if it doesn't sound appealing there's still plenty to enjoy in the main quest. A new addition is the map editor which lets you create your own maps and play other people's. I found it slightly disappointing that you had to grind CP just to be able to purchase new things for your map but I suppose it does encourage you to play other people's maps. There's also the item world, character world, new character classes and the campaign board to play around with so there's hours and hours of gameplay to enjoy.
I'd recommend this to both fans and new people to the series. There's lots of fun to discover so it's worth trying it out!