Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
The popular RPG series hits PlayStation 3. The question on everyone's lips: does our reviewer care?
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Grinding, grinding, grinding and grinding - this is a Disgaea game, no doubt, and if you're a fan of the series then there's no point in reading this review. In fact, it's hard to believe you've got the time to spare between bouts of eating, sometimes sleeping and grinding the hell out of your team of demon schoolkids to even look at this block of text.
So, yeah - get back to the game. Let the uneducated/non-obsessives read on from here.
Now those imaginary people have gone, I can address you readers with a question: do you have hundreds of hours to spare? Would you rather put this time to use addressing problems in the local community, donating to charity and leading a healthy lifestyle, or would you use this time ranking up your brawler character to level 999 and beyond?
If you're going for the second option then you're probably a despicable human being - but on the plus side Disgaea 3 is the game for you. Every cloud, and all that.
So there's a story to this strategy RPG - does anyone care by now? We all know the drill; it's funny, reasonably well-written, quirky in its sense of humour and presented with godawful English voice actors, whom can be turned back to their original Japanese should you so wish. And you should so wish.
This time it's something about an Evil Academy, the main character is the lead honour student (i.e. he's the most evil) and there's some pretty funny deviations on what it is to be good, evil, well-behaved, a delinquent etc. So far, so reasonably okay.
But this isn't about the story. It never has been and never will be. The fact that Nippon Ichi bother to put anything in there to distract from the gameplay in the first place is quite an odd move, and the fact that they put a reasonable amount of effort into it shows they have real pride in their pro-grinding propaganda. Plus there is always an option to completely skip story elements with the press of the triangle button. So hey - can't complain, can we?