Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention [PSVita] Review

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Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention for the PSVita is ported from the 2008/2009 title “Disgaea 3 Absence of Justice” but it’s not just port and I think it surpasses its predecessor containing all the DLC available on the PS3, touch screen controls and a lot more.

Story
Most of the game takes place in a Netherwold school called “Evil Academy” a school for demons, are you normally attending every class and get good grades? Then you are probably the the worst student out there. Want to be a “good” student? Just don’t show up for you classes, don’t do your homework! Good boy!

The story surrounds itself around Mao, Son of the Overlord, he never attended any of the classes since he started school but his wish is to overthrow his father and take the title of “Overlord”. One reason for this is having his game system and save files destroyed by his father. After gathering information, from reading lot’s of Manga’s, his first goal is to become a Hero. Hero’s are always the one who defeat evil overlord’s anyway right? Well, if you want to know what will happen next you should play the game! Even after you defeat the main story, you will have lot’s of friends and enemies to recruit, stories to enjoy. And if you are a fan of Anime and pay attention to the story and text you might be surprised. Some of them are funny references.

Gameplay
Disgaea 3 Absence of Detention is a tactical RPG, although This game has a very high learning curve, but once you know the basics and discover stuff on your own you can’t put this (or any Disgaea game) down. To start off you place your characters on a map, use skills, and use a lot of tactics to outsmart the enemy. The game has lot’s and lot’s of classes to upgrade and play and weapon types to choose from. In the classroom you can make certain groups, each group will have a special advantage and putting classmates closer to each other will make them fight better on the battlefield too! Most of the maps will feature “geo blocks” although I think they might be annoying and used way too much. Sometimes they add a lot of depth into the game. The blocks are connected with area’s on the ground and offer lot’s of advantages and/or disadvantages for your fighters. For example “everybody on the red area (with a red geo block) gain 50 extra attack power”. Once you reach higher levels (up to 9999) your skills will look better and better and your damage will increase a lot too, don’t be surprised if you do over 10 million points of damage! You will spend most of your time in the school’s hallway, with a “portal” ready for you to depart and go on with the storyline. This hallway will feature npc’s to upgrade your skills, weapons, armor and you can even go the the “Item World” yes, you can transfer yourself into certain items and weapons and upgrade it’s level by clearing levels inside!

In between this hallway and and levels you can enjoy fully voiced cutscenes voiced by some of the most famous voice actors from Fullmetal Alchemist to World of Warcraft.

I’m a fan of handheld gaming and I love Disgaea on the go, I hate to play these games in front of a tv!

Graphics
The graphics for this game were bad for a PS3, they almost ported this game back to the PS2. But it looks amazing on Vita’s screen. You can change the sprites from real pixels to slightly blurry characters making them look a lot softer. a
All the maps are in 3D and the cutscenes are animated too this time (this was not the case on the PS3 version). Not much to say about the graphics, it’s a nice mix of 3D environments with old school sprites. This time you can even mix and match the text borders in over three different styles!

Music
Now for the music, oh god, the music! You won’t be able to get the music out of your head for ages. The intro suits the games japanese origin so much, with crazy demons dancing around in anime style. Lot’s of the music in-game also have japanese lyrics, even if you don’t understand it. There’s a lot of variation in music depending on the person you talk to or the area you are in.

Overall
I don’t see this game as a “port”. I see this game as a major upgrade, it’s portable, it has all the PS3’s DLC’s, upgraded animations and extra chapters and characters added to this version. Including some new friends you might know If you played Disgaea 4 on the PS3, it includes new terra and magichange magic and it’s bound to give you hours and hours of gameplay even after the story has been told over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again!

Disgaea Absence of Detention is available in North America on April 17th and April 20th in Europe.

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