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Disgaea 3 Impressions |

What Type of Game is This?

This game clearly fits into the strategy RPG genre: It’s like a regular RPG but there is more focus on the combat system and almost none of the exploration and adventure elements. All the item collection, character building, and stat building typically found in regular RPGs are here. There is plenty of story and narrative in between battles as well.


Who Will Like This?

This is an elaborate, chess-like strategy game that demands a large time investment to appreciate. Does that sound appealing? This genre of game has a definite niche audience, and it is easiest to explain this way:

I would have loved this when I was 8-18 years old and I had no other outlet for making strategic and tactical decisions. As an adult, I don’t want to play this for the same reason that I don’t want to play chess: I’d simply rather spend the type of effort and brain power that these games require on something more productive like work projects, or taking a night class at the university, or learning a real skill of some kind. Now when I play games, I seek either relaxation, inspiration, or type of excitement that I don’t get in my regular life such as gun fights and car chases.



The screenshots and videos give a good idea of exactly what to expect. This does not have flashy graphics or fancy technology and it clearly wasn’t supposed to. This title does look a little bit nicer than PS2/PSP games of this sort, but don’t expect anything huge.

Compared to other SRPGs

This is one of the more highly regarded series in the genre, but I don’t know this genre very well, so I can’t add much. Anyone else care to comment?

  • Excellent insight about the brain power required. These types of games are a huge time investment, even more so than a jRPG like FF XII. I’ve played games like this and even a game like La Pucelle sucked untold hours our of my life. Overall the games are enjoyable if you have the time. And these do burn up time. Not unlike pixeljunk monsters which is currently sucking up at least an hour a night. I’m trying to get all rainbows on all levels.
    This genre of games is one that every games player should try at least once to find out if it is your bag. Some people really like the challenge and these games will challenge you. On the graphics side from what I’ve seen I’m somewhat disappointed that they went the sprite route. They could have gone the Streetfighter HD route and redone the animation in an anime style but it looks like they just recycled the sprites from the PS2 version. I’m hard pressed to see a difference.
    But the strategy seems to be there.
    My friend and I talk about this game a lot but we’re undecided about picking it up. With so many games coming out in the next little while that are first day must haves. LBP, Gears 2, Resitance2 there’s just not enough time or money to go around. Fallout 3 should take up most of my Fall.
    But I eventually will pick it up for my PS3.t is a time suck but it can be picked up after a time away.