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Bigger, funnier, and better than ever before!: More levels, more features, more customization options, improved visuals, deeper strategy, and a hilarious new cast make Disgaea 4 the biggest and best Disgaea game yet!
Completely redrawn artwork, now in 1080p!: Takehito Harada's beloved artwork is completely redone and reanimated to take advantage of the highest resolution possible. The lovable world of Disgaea has never looked better!
Share your stats and data with friends online!: Compare your game data with your friends over the internet and figure out who the master strategist among you is.
Here's a fun game, if you've really liked the Disgaea games in the past. It has the same strategic gameplay, ridiculous amounts of levelling, and same cornball humour that has made the previous titles what they are. There are a few new additions, though nothing revolutionary, just, you know, more of the same kind of Disgaea gaming. If you liked the previous games in the series, you'll love this one. Also, HD sprites!
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For those of you unfamiliar with the Disgaea franchise, it is a turn based tactical RPG much along the same vein as Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem. Your team of 10 characters, made up of your choice of feature characters or customized characters, take turns moving about a battlefield unleashing attacks and spells upon each other. The game has a sizeable main plot, but the amount of time you can spend playing this game is virtually unlimited as the game can randomly generate new levels for you to play infinitely and your character will only reach 'maximum level' if you play this game far, far more than anyone should play any game.
For those of you familiar with the series, Disgaea 4 lives up to your expectations. It has the same sense of humor, colourful characters, and customization of the rest of the series. The Magichange system is back from Disgaea 3 but improved to make it more of a useful and viable option. Monsters have also been expanded by allowing two of them to 'fuse' together to make giant sized monsters. As an added bonus, you get to see many of the characters from previous Disgaea titles show up and join the team, though most of those appear after the main plot finishes.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
For fans of previous Disgaea gamesSept. 6 2011
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Disgaea 4 offers some tweaks and improvements from its predecessors but the core gameplay and mechanic stays the same. If you didn't like any of those, you won't like 4, but if you haven't tried this game genre (FF Tactics, Ogre Tactics) I'd definitely give it a try, it's very unique.
Now is Disgaea 4 worth it or could you just pop in your Disgaea 3 disc and not miss a thing? The answer really depends on how much the tweaks matter to you. Here are the ones I felt were most important:
Graphics: They updated all the sprites and animations so the characters look really sharp, nothing revolutionary but the artistic feel is improved. Characters: I didn't particularly like the characters in 2 or 3 but I think 4 has a very nice group of characters whose chemistry might end up rivaling that of Laharl and friends. The story is still pretty over the top and plays a minor role in the game but the jokes are less forced than 2 or 3. Voice acting is top notch.
Monster character improvements: They made monster characters a bit stronger now. (I never used them before 4 in my core party). Monster characters can fuse together to make a giant version, they have 3 evility slots instead of 2 for human characters, when they magichange they confer their evility bonuses to the wielder. Capturing monsters is also more interesting, you torture them to have them join you or give you items or gil. I think they also took out queuing 2 weapon skills together into a combo (introduced in Disgaea 3).
Story maps: Story maps had more puzzle elements to them. Obviously if you overlevel, you can just steamroll everything, but if you want to put a minute of thought into planning the fight, you can do that too now.
These last 2 were important for me. % progress: As someone who likes to get everything, there is now a form that tracks everything you've encountered and compares them to the rest of the Disgaea playing crowd. It tracks things such as items owned, endings found, levels cleared, special skill animation seen, etc. It's really awesome for a game as deep and complicated as this.
Online connectivity: This adds a little variety to the game as you can download pirates, senators and maps from other users which really beats seeing the same pirates for the 100th time 100 hours in. You can also see how other people customized their characters and see how yours match up to theirs. When you upload your creations to the net, you can give them a preset AI command (you don't actually control them) to have your pirate ship help the other player or mess with them. I have a pretty strong senator uploaded that, if a player forces a bill to pass, will seek out another senator and fuse into an uber senator and duke it out, they can be bribed and they'll bring the bribed items back to your game (You can give them your old gear if you are nice like that). This feature is not game changing but it sprinkles in some variety to the zillionth randomly generated minion. You can also challenge other players in deathmatches where you both control your characters.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Finally a Worthy Successor to Hour of DarknessSept. 12 2011
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I will admit up front that I am a Disgaea fanboy. I bought two copies of the original on the PS1, and I bought it again on the Nintendo DS when it came out, and have hundreds of hours on both versions. I also have Disgaea 2 and Disgaea 3, although I find less to brag about there than I do the original. Disgaea 4 though is an entirely different story.
The Changes One of the first things you will notice is that there is a smaller amount of classes available in this game compared to Disgaea 3, and I count that as a good thing. D3 tried to be "PC" and have both a male and female version of as many classes as possible, meaning you'd get a male Gunner and a female Gunslinger, which were still basically the same class. While some classic classes don't make a return (no angels, no EDFs), there are new ones to compensate (including one that is very much like an upgraded EDF), as well as classes from the previous two titles like Beastmaster and Sorcerer. Geopanel and Geoblock mechanics have not been touched, nor have the classic tagteam attacks. You still gain mana from kills that has to be spent on learning skills/evilities, boosting your skills, etc, and the classroom club mechanic from 3 returns in an upgraded (and not nearly as annoying) format as well. The biggest change/upgrade comes with monster characters. The ability to magichange into weapons returns, but is now accompanied by "fusion" which lets you merge two monsters into one super monster for that one battle, as well as being able to duel wield magichanged monsters. You can even fusion and then magichange for some truly ridiculous combinations.
The Characters The original Disgaea hit a very rare balance with its characters and story, a balance that (for this reviewer) D2 and D3 simply could not live up to. Disgaea 4 gets things back on the right track. All of the characters are extremely well voice acted, none of them are grating in the way D2/D3 characters were (I'm looking at you, Tink), and all are as over the top fabulous as the original cast. Some characters will make you think you won't be able to stand them at first glance (Fuka) end up being very well done, while others are just love at first site (you're not human if you don't instantly fall in love with Desco as the cutest final boss ever made). Like the original, everyone has substantial character growth over the course of the game, and all of your favorites are either available now after beating the main story mode (like Etna and Flonne), or will be made available in the future (Pleinair is confirmed as being future DLC).
The Plot Without giving anything away, the main plot is again much more in line with the original Disgaea than the sequels. Your mission is to overthrow the Netherworld President (this game's version of the Overlord), with some twists thrown in after you do to kick things up a notch. The more convoluted twists and turns of the sequels are gone, letting the game focus more on it's central story and character development. More interestingly for me though was how the roles of demons, humans, and angels have been fleshed out. Instead of simply existing as three different worlds, Disgaea 4 weaves them all together in a method reminiscent of Monsters Inc. where the Netherworld is fueled by Human fear, but the demons are tasked with being the stick to keep humanity on the right track (while the Angels are the proverbial carrot). Heaven and Hell can't exist without the humans, and the humans can't properly exist without Heaven and Hell keeping them balanced. Its all very well done.
Should You Buy This? In a word, yes. As I've said, I bought at least one copy of all three previous games, and this one is on equal footing with the original. Great characters (I think Valvatorez may have almost displaced Laharl as my favorite main character), good story line, and all of the polished gameplay in one package. Plus if you get the deluxe package you also get a mini artbook and a magnetic Fuka figurine (the figurine and the base are separate pieces, with magnets that snap them together). I never finished 3 because I got sick of the characters and the plot, I didn't find 2 all that wonderful either, but 1 and 4 are like wonderful bookends. If you only play one game in this series, make it Disgaea 1 (the PS1 version, with the good voice actress for Etna). If you play only two, get 1 and 4 and you can safely ignore the middle two.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
THIS IS HANDS DOWN, THE BEST GAME I HAVE EVER PURCHASED!!!April 13 2012
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i'm so glad i'm retired, because if i wasn't, i'd loose every single job i'd ever get because of this game! my ruitine: i wake up, eat breakfast, clean house (2 hours), play disgaea(1 hr) do yoga and shower(2hrs) play disgaea(6 hrs). it's all i can think about!!! my daughter plays it with me in between her homework and martial arts. this is alot of video game time for me as i used to only log 1 hr or so a week. this game is the best! the story is top notch and the voice acting is incredible. there's always something to level up, modify, equip, new skills to learn, it's paradise for someone who doesn't want to spend alot of money on games. this one will definately keep my daughter and i busy for the next year or so. by that time, we'll have bought a ps vita with disgaea 3 for when we move to japan in december. definately buy this game. i just don't see how you could possibly go wrong in doing so.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5 out of 5 Omega 3 fatty acids.Oct. 27 2013
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Ah, Disgaea. It has been a while. Grid strategy and I have had a torrid love affair on and off, but rarely did a game ever keep me on it long enough to get the most off of it. I have an extremely low attention span (but playing grid strategy, what the hell, right?), but I was attracted to Disgaea's design and rumors of it being hilarious.
Naturally, I started with the first Disgaea. The characters grated on my nerves. I didn't understand the appeal at all, but years of JRPGS had lowered my tolerance of "loli/shota" stylistic characters. That was a majority of why I ended up dropping it after losing interest. While the game mechanics were interesting with picking units up and throwing them, throwing exploding penguins, randomized gear, and geo panels - it just couldn't keep my interest. So when Disgaea 2 came around, I was hesitant to try it. Remembering how incredibly fun Disgaea's mechanics had been though, I decided to give it a shot despite having dropped the first one. It was awesome. I loved the characters, the storyline, the mechanics again, the dialogue - everything, zam. It was exactly the type of game I typically went for design-wise. Your main cast consisted of a do-gooder servant demon, a sheltered princess, kids (but actual kids, so it didn't bother me), an adorable ninja with something of a speech impediment, and a manservant of a frog. For once, I didn't have to lose myself entirely in the generics and game mechanics and actually found myself looking forward to the next chapter and seeing how the story moved along. Eventually, as tends to happen with these games, I started getting a little OCD with the item world near the end and failed to complete that one, too.
FAST FORWARD to Disgaea 4. I'm skipping three, yes, because again - it was a miss for me, so I figured I'd just wait and see what they came out with next. I was not disappointed.
-- CHARACTERS -- 5 out of 5 Oh, man. Where to start. I hadn't told you earlier that I actually couldn't stand prinnies, so the fact you could just throw them and they exploded was a welcomed reprieve. This time around, I found myself actually leveling one because I genuinely liked them and the two prinnycentric characters. The main characters? Genuinely entertaining. A vampire on a diet of fish, delusional gradeschoolers, a werewolf butler, and the list goes on.
-- STORY -- 5 out of 5 The basics? A vampire on a fish diet tied down by his morality sets about making a lot of big promises he has to keep, much to his werewolf butlers' chagrin. The werewolf butler would much prefer if he just went all out evil on everyone, but what can you do? A lot of stories become intertwined as the overarching one becomes more and more complicated and engaging. It's also hilarious. I had not genuinely laughed out loud at a Disgaea game (not even the second one), so I was starting to think I'd missed something crucial. Here, I found myself with tears in my eyes more than once. Without spoiling, I can't say too much. You can probably find a trailer someplace or the first few cutscenes on youtube. (Randomchannelplox on youtube is who I used. Has other Disgaeas as well. [...] As a side note, I have an overly analytic nature that I cannot turn off. This has spoiled countless games, movies, books, you name it. Here, I was genuinely surprised a couple times and even when I did guess what was coming, I still enjoyed it because of the excellent executions.
-- GRAPHICS -- 5 out of 5 The sprites are in awesome HD. So is everything else. You can turn the HD off for the sprites, if you have PS3 telepathy and can feel you're working it too hard, I guess. I don't know.
-- GAMEPLAY! -- 5 out of 5. Hot dog. Alright, so here's the most important part that you guys have been waiting for or skipped right to. There are new things! A lot of new, awesome things that made me do things that I don't normally do. Out of all of the installments so far, I have had the most fun in-battle this time around. I'd give it a six out of five if I hadn't already typed that.
-- AWESOME THINGS -- - Generic character voice variation by choice of personality! This was a nice surprise as I hadn't read anything on the game before grabbing it. The voices range from bad to maybe, but you can turn on Japanese for a greater range or for when you get sick of your warrior saying "Time to bust some balls" every time you choose him... unless you know Japanese in which case it's probably just as annoying. - TOWER OF DESTRUCTION. Like stacking your characters? Well, do it. Stack them all. Then, grab the new tower skills available at the skill purchase NPC for mana. Watch in glee as you toss an enemy up and each of your units flipkicks him upwards and onwards to the moon. - MAGICHANGE! I missed Disgaea 3, alright? I didn't play Disgaea 2's Axel story mode, either. However, I did get to sample the new to me magichange feature and abuse the hell out of it. Monsters can turn into weapons for your units now. Have an OP cat and a bored gunner? Gear him up and tell him he didn't have to ask for this. - FUSION! Have an OP cat and a bored cat? Fuse the cat with the cat for a gigantic killing machine. But guess what? You don't even have to fuse monsters of the same type. That useless prinny you kind of wanted to murder can be fusion fodder, too. Wot wot. - MAGICHANGE + FUSION! This is later on in the game, but alright. So you fused that useless prinny with that cat for that killer meganeko, but you feel like that's not even its final form. You think that maybe it'd be the best thing ever if you could turn it into weaponized death in the form of magichange because that gunner never asked for that either. So you do it. You do it and it's the best thing ever. - GEOBLOCKS So, yeah. Remember geopanels? Well there's blocks now too. The blocks are the replacement for the tiny triangular holowhatzits, but they can stack on top of each other, and the blocks themselves carry their stats as well. You can imagine how much of a clusterfk things are now but hey, if you're a geobrainiac I'm sure you will have the best of times. Personally, I kind of just abused what I knew and laughed maniacally when units endlessly punched that level 3 mage I threw over there as a distraction. I'm sorry, Nobama. - NEW CLASSES! Later on in the game and well, yeah. Most of the disgaeas had new classes, sure. But did they let me make a robot and name it Kos-Mos? Mmmnope.
-- PREMIUM ITEMS -- The box was good looking. The Fuka statue was tinier than I thought it'd be - like...an inch and a half tall? Ehhh. I didn't really care. The magnetic stand was a nice surprise (for keeping the statue on it). Personally, I just wanted the game and the premium wasn't that costly. The book is pretty nice, too. I'm thankful they included the screen art I frequently bulldozed right past during the victory screen in the art book.
Alright, so that's it for my review atm. Getting sleepy? Me? Naw, didn't I tell you? I got attention span for days. Anyways, just check out the story / characters online to see if it's your thing. Different strokes for different folks. Personally, this game was the sweet spot for story, characters, gameplay, and feelgood times. There's just something about rebounding a kid off of the side of a giant prinny to get it to the other side of the map that just makes me so happy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fans of Disgaea will EnjoyJan. 28 2012
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Disgaea 4 is a great strategy rpg. It takes everything from past disgaea's and builds upon that successful formula. For those looking for a fire emblem-esque game, look elsewhere. Disgaea 4 is not nearly as streamlined and linear as fire emblem or final fantasy tactics. There are many ancillary parts to Disgaea. One example is the item world. The item world is a feature back from the original Disgaea where you can go into randomly generated battlefields up to level 100. Imagine now all the random weapons found and the possibilities for trying to achieve "completion." It's a bit staggering and for me, is one of the reason's Disgaea 4 is not a perfect game. Too often the narrative is sidetracked by all the extraneous stuff. If you like massive amounts of SRPG content and don't mind taking detours in the story to level up items for hours at a time then you will love Disgaea 4.