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Scheduled release date:

September 6, 2011

Publisher:

NIS America

Developer:

Nippon Ichi Software

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Strategy/RPG

Release Date:

September 6, 2011

Ah, Disgaea. When you say the name, hardcore strategy/RPG fans the world over start to drool. Featuring hundreds of hours of gameplay, some of the most in-depth gameplay mechanics found anywhere, and kooky yet often memorable characters, these games are all about micromanagement...a lot of micromanagement. Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten launched in Japan last February to the expected critical acclaim, and it’s set to release in the US on September 6. Boasting a new graphics engine with higher-resolution sprites and even more content, the latest installment is primed to deliver in a big way.

This time, the story focuses on the vampire Valvatorez, a warden in Hell who discovers the corruption infecting the government. Well duh, it’s Hell! Nevertheless, he sets out with his werewolf buddy, Phenlif, to fix things. But in reality, while the plots are often interesting and genuinely comical, Disgaea is never really about the storyline. Nah, it’s all about that addictive, super-deep, crazy hardcore gameplay. Once again, the turn-based style complete with the familiar grid will return, as will other features, like tossing characters, the Geo Symbols (colored spaces that can give you a distinct advantage), and the option to create new characters and customize your party to a great extent.

You can even ask the government for better characters and equipment, but don’t expect all your requests to be granted. Oh, and let’s not forget that torturous Item World: every item and piece of equipment features its own little mini-world where you can dive in and level grind to your heart’s content. Doing so ups the level of the item or piece of equipment in question. And I say it’s torturous because whenever I try to play a Disgaea title, I always get stuck doing this for a really, really long time. Let’s just say that the Item world is a tad distracting.

The truly hardcore will want to try the map editor, too. After making your map, you can share it with your friends on the PlayStation Network; make it as challenging as you wish! Now, this all may sound a lot like past entries in the franchise, which immediately makes me assume the critics will hate it for a failure to innovate, but I can pretty much guarantee the franchise followers will once again be plenty satisfied. Resistance 3 also launches on September 6 but let’s face it; we’re talking about two very different types of games. So one shouldn’t affect the other too much.

In closing, I will say this, though— if you’re not a long-time fan of this style, and you’re completely unfamiliar with the concept, you might feel a little overwhelmed by this one. NIS typically caters to the hardcore, and that’s exactly what Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten is all about: hardcore fun to the max.

7/14/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Looking Glass
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 9:38:42 PM
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Here's the official trailer for the game. Personally, I highly recommend looking at it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soH8jG_gfGQ

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 9:50:55 PM
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I'm afeared of this series. Too...much...strategy.

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Claire C
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:20:57 AM

I don't know much about SRPGs. I keep meaning to play the ones I got.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 3:02:55 AM

I rented Disgaea 3 some time ago and while I love the anime flair I just can't deal with the whole ultra super enhanced chess game that these things become. I can see why some folks love them but even I have limits to my patience. The only strategy game I like is Valkyria Chronicles.

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Fane1024
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 2:42:30 AM

World,

Jeanne D'Arc is the simplest SRPG I've played. It might be more your speed. Or not.

Fear is the mind-killer.

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piratedrunk
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 10:28:48 PM
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I've been waiting for this one for a while. Disgaea 3 had me hooked for hundreds of hours and this one looks to improve an already brilliant formula. Between this and Dark Souls my fall and winter are going to go by quickly.

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gray_eagle
Thursday, July 14, 2011 @ 11:27:45 PM
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for those who like collectables, i found this,
Disgaea 4 Premium Edition is loaded with toys,
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/14/disgaea-4-premium-edition-is-loaded-with-toys/

NISA Online Store,
http://store.nisamerica.com/Home/Disgaea-4-PE-Preorder-Reminder

Last edited by gray_eagle on 7/14/2011 11:33:43 PM

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Claire C
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 12:20:02 AM
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I have Disgaea on PSP, haven't gotten around to it yet though. I need to so can can decide if I want this one and Disgaea 3. :/

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Gripheenix
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 3:24:40 AM

As a fan of the series since the first one, I would honestly say pass on #3, unless you can find it for super cheap. The first two (which were ported to PSP) were fantastic. They had a wonderful story to give you a reason to actually play it. Sure, they were pretty silly, but they both had moments where they got serious, and were actually very interesting. And, of course, there was the insane amount of depth of gameplay, and tons of side quests that kept one playing long after the story had been completed.

The third one really only has the latter part of that. The story is, in my humble opinion, very lackluster. All goof, and no serious. While it introduced a ton of new gameplay options, and still has the broad selection of side quests, I lost interest about halfway through the story, as I found that I really didn't want to play through the next story chapter that I was taking the time to grind for.

But, then, that's just my own opinion, and holds no real weight. And I'm still going to pre-order the fourth one, now that I know it's coming.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, July 15, 2011 @ 3:27:09 AM
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Another one that I want to try, but I'm afraid that it'll be WAY too far out of left field even for me. We'll see.

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Fane1024
Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 2:36:48 AM
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I prefer the more straightforward, realistic gameplay of FFT to the NIS SRPGs. The Geosymbols, throwing, etc. just don't do it for me.

La Pucelle Tactics lost me pretty quickly, so I never bought any of the Disgaea games.

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