"Disgaea 3 is a fun, lighthearted experience with a lot of depth and plenty of content to keep you occupied. If it was alone on the system, it would be an easy recommendation. But when you consider the library of excellent PSP SRPGs easily available to download on PSN, Disgaea 3 doesnít stand out too easily, and if you've played it already there's no reason to do it again."
Iím a firm believer in the idea that turn-based strategy games, especially of the RPG variety, are best experienced on a portable. I easily lost count of how many hours I spent with the original Advance Wars and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, which were games I lost sleep over after staying up until the wee hours of the morning so I could just. play. one. more. turn. This should be especially true with a game like Disgaea, which offers tons of complexity that draws people back in long after the story is completed. I donít want to spend the hours it takes to grind to level 9,999 sitting in one place in front of a TV. I want to level in chunks, getting a little time in before bed, during commercials or while pretending to work when my boss isnít looking.
That alone, in my opinion, justifies the existence of a portable Disgaea 3, which has arrived early on the PlayStation Vita scene. But as someone who is a relative newcomer to the Disgaea series, this third game lacks a little something special that those other portable classics really nailed, and itís just a shame there's not much here to entice those who have already taken the plunge on the PlayStation 3, where the game first debuted.
Freelance review by Britton Peele (May 28, 2012)
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