Disgaea 4 – A Promise Unforgotten Review
The Disgaea PS3 game goes into its 4th version marking Nippon Ichi’s 2nd PlayStation 3 game after its highly popular strategy role-playing series. The Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten boasts of immensely enhanced visuals over its predecessor, providing gamers the full benefit of what HD gaming is about, while remaining true to its legacy of fun, plus new elements that bring the series into a fresh gaming experience for fans of the franchise.
The story revolves around a vampire prince named Valvatorez, who, after losing much of his powers from an old promise, is relegated to teaching new Prinnies. These are cute penguin-like human souls who have been dispatched to the Netherworld to suffer for their sins committed in their previous life. You play the part of the hero and benefit from the company of his werewolf sidekick Fenrich and several other fun characters who pop up to join the fray as you move from chapter to chapter.
The Good News about Disgaea 4
Nippon Ichi has retained the game’s proven battle system but with a completely revamped graphics. An entirely new storyline, character set and features that include a user-generated content make Disgaea the best in the series and are sure to blow diehard Disgaea fans. The game is presented using an anime isometric view similar to what you see in Final Fantasy Tactics. Along the way, you get to meet engaging characters and you can create and customize warriors and other beneficial RPG characters of your own. One excellent aspect of the game is using its monsters that you can deploy as weapons and you can even combine monsters to make bigger and more powerful versions.
The pacing is quick thanks to the small terrain maps relative to what similar games have. You can easily deploy characters across a grid in any order and take turns attacking and wiping out your opponents and you have the freedom to determine how this is done. Just like the previous versions, it takes about 20 hours or more to finish but is a great value game for those on a budget. Just be sure there are no distractions at home to spoil the fun or interrupt what could well be an addictive console game.
The Not so Good News about Disgaea 4
If you have been a Disgaea fan since its debut on the Sony PlayStation 2, you’d know that the game is not really as user-friendly as most other console games. The latest version is no different. New players will really have to shell out oodles of patience to keep track of the meaty statistics, levels, characters and items as you go through it. You could bog down in several menus like shop menus, item world menus, battle menus, etc., and the massive text can be quite staggering. The game does have some beefy tutorials and after that, you’re pretty much on your own. But not to worry, after going through 4-5 battles, your patience pays off and you get to master the game.
The Bottom Line
The Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten is certainly a step up over the last one and should delight fans of the franchise especially as far as visuals are concerned. Apart from its superb content, it captures the essential gameplay elements from earlier iterations that have endeared it to its fans. It’s not perfect with occasional cumbersome moments and a less than streamlined presentation that has been in the franchise since the original game. But overall, the interesting set of characters and highly engaging combat mechanics distinguish it from its competitors and never fail to define what console gaming is about, which is to have fun. With Disgaea 4, that’s really what matters.