Reviewed by Jennifer – GEV.com
The Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention first appeared in 2008 on the PlayStation 3. The series tells a tale of Mao, a character who is unfortunate enough to be the son of the lord of Netherworld. His quest has him following the path of light to defeat his evil dad. To do so, he must battle hundreds of monsters, team up with other characters and conduct epic battles in tactics style battles. Players can now finally get their hands on Mao’s adventure for the first time on PSVITA. I on the other hand get to review the game to find out if it is any better than its home console sibling.
For the fans, I would especially like to point out that Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention is absolutely the same game that was made available in 2008. The only difference is that this comes with a complete package that contains all the DLCs made available originally. Unfortunately, those who haven’t played any game from the series will find themselves boggled by the insanely complex battle system. It’s a pity that the game does not have any helpful tutorials.
Fortunately enough, grasping the basics of the game is easier than mastering it. On the occasion of any battle, you and your team members appear in an instanced battleground. You basically move your characters in a turn based fashion, much similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. Each turn will allow you to move, defend attack, use items or cast spells. The complexity of the game starts when you have to take in account the position of your characters.
Each time you move your character in Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, you consume your turn. When you move near an enemy unit, it is essential that you determine what direction you are going to attack from. The direction makes your attack powerful or completely makes them useless.
There is a lot of complexity in the battles of Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention. Hardcore tactics style combat fans will be delighted to get their hands on the game, however new comers will have a lot of problem understanding the advance mechanics of the game. Furthermore, if you have already played the game on PS3, you do not need to grab this title as this does not change anything at all from the original.