What do you get when you mix video game and anime culture references with wise cracking demons? You get the Disgaea series. Know for their over the top characters NIS has produced a real gem and really out did themselves in terms of storyline and character development. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, is the third game in the series and is available exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Any Disgaea fan will love this game.
Disgaea 3 takes place in the Netherworld, Evil Academy, where attending class makes you a delinquent and skipping class all together makes you an honor student. Angry at his father, Mao is the heir to the throne of the Netherworld. To become Overlord he must kill his own father. Although nothing is ever that easy and Mao learns that he must obtain the power of a Hero to defeat his father.
Gameplay: The Disgaea games are known for their depth in terms of customization. Disgaea 3 is not exception. Every character class is proficient with some type of weapon, and their proficiency allows them to learn a specific weapon’s skill. Skills range from close combat to range attacks, these can also be combined to rack up a combo and for extra damage on an enemy. D3 is a tactical JRPG and battles take place on isometric maps that are all different and unique. Each having some form of puzzle element to make the battle more difficult. On these maps there are “geo blocks” that affect the map in various way giving ally and enemy boosts. New to the Disgaea series is the ability to “Magichange” where a human combines with a monster to get extra abilities for a short amount of time. The monster turns into a weapon and takes on the abilities the host character has for two turns. Tower attacks are also in Disgaea where many humans can stack up on each other and perform attacks and special abilities. As with previous Disgaea games there is an Item World where you select an item and traverse the various levels of the item to increase the value and usefulness. The Class World enable the player to enter in a place similar to the item world but it is an individual character’s world instead so that they may inherit skills and evilities from other characters. Evilities are abilities every character can have that help boost their effectiveness. There are multiple endings as well as extra maps to play on and extra characters from previous Disgaea games to unlock. The replay value of D3 is astonishingly high. I wouldn’t expect anything less of a game carrying the Disgaea name.
Story: The story of Disgaea 3 is simple but effective. What makes the Disgaea 3 story special is that it really turns what the basic knowledge of school is and flips everything opposite. This allows NIS to have a more interesting story. In Disgaea fashion the characters are likeable and relatable. Each character has their own personality and is unique. The execution of the story is astounding and it is what helps make the game. Everything gets incredibly epic and you just want more and more.
Sound: The music of Disgaea 3 is great and fits the mood. It has that awkward quirky Japanese anime music that we all know and love. The English voice acting is amazing and has some familiar voices from other games and shows. Raspberyl, the No. 1 Delinquent, is voiced by Laura Bailey (Fruits Basket) and Kyoko is voiced by Lara Jill Miller, the main voice actor for Kari in the Digimon series.
Graphics: The artwork of Disgaea 3 is fantastic. The anime art style doesn’t get old and it is a symbol in NIS games.
Disgaea 3 is a game for the fans of the series. New players may find the game to be too hard and too much to handle as much is thrown at the player early on. If you like a challenge go for it. The game gets a 10/10 for a fantastic story, in depth gameplay, and replay value that will keep someone playing the game for a very long time.