Product Type: Square Enix PS3 games
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This is the game that doesn't end, yes it goes on and on my friends!
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (PS3)
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Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (PS3)
Advantages: Almost infinite replay value, doesn't take itself too seriously, solid and addictive gameplay
Disadvantages: Sub-par graphics, you'll spend more on downloadable content than the game itself.
The Disgaea series enters the realm of the PS3 with this, the biggest, baddest and quite possibly silliest installment of the strategy-based RPG to date. The game centres around Mao, heir to the boss of the demonic realm, the Netherworld, and his adventures as he performs his studies in the Evil Academy. Although 'studies' is perhaps the wrong word, as in this school it pays to be lazy, tardy, violent and rude!
The gameplay mechanics are simple on the surface but can become as complex as you want them to be. It's a turn-based, squad-centric system - you summon out your team members, have them take actions then wait as your enemies do the same. And in terms of allies you have a huge array of different characters with different skills at your disposal, divided between story characters (including Mao and his rival Rasberyl, a demonic delinquent in the sense that she loves to help others and be generally kind and studious), skilled humanoids (archers, warriors, mages and the like) and monsters(yes this includes Prinnies, the demon exploding penguins that are pretty much the mascot for the series, dood). It all makes for near limitless amounts of combinations, and when you factor in the fact that different weapons have different effects and there are numerous skills each character can choose to learn you can essentially build a team catering to any style of play you can think of.
Let's also discuss for a moment the level caps and replay value here, in the sense that 9999 is the highest level you can get to and you can loop through the main game as many times as you want after its initial completion - this being advisable as each pass through the main story unlocks more content. There's a whole new set of maps post-game as well, plus the Item and Class worlds, randomly generated dungeons that can be used to strengthen items and characters respectively. To cut a long story short, you can put hundreds of hours into this game and still not have seen everything there is to see.
It's fair to say I'm a huge fan but if I'm being objective there are a few flaws to Disgaea 3. First of all are the graphics, which have suffered in the name of making the gameplay mechanics so huge. Visually it's nothing that couldn't have been done on the PS2. Also this is one of the worst offenders in terms of charging for downloadable content; if you want all of the extra features, characters and storylines available via the PSN store it's going to set you back £39.99 at the time of writing, well over twice the price you can pick up the game itself for.
In summary, this is a true triumph for gameplay over graphics. Once you get into it there's hundreds and hundreds of hours worth of levelling, squad tweaking and indeed plotline-driven fun to be had. Whatever you make of it, be it just running through the story or spending the time to collect everything you can, one thing's for certain - if you remotely like the RPG genre in any way you're going to have a blast playing Disgaea 3.
Summary: Expect to lose years of your life to this game.
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