By: Uma Smith
The Disgaea series has had a long run of success on both the PlayStation 3 and Vita, and it continues with its latest Vita title, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited. Not just a straight port from the home console version, it actually includes additional downloadable content that intends to hook players in with its cutesy anime antics. So brace yourselves as the number of Prinnies here are about to blow you away… dood!
Given that Disgaea 4 has ported the controls from the PS3 over to the Vita, executing the necessary commands as well as moving about in the game feels smooth and seamless. There is some implementation of the Vita’s touch screen and rear touchpad, although the latter offers very little reason not to use the classic control scheme instead. It may take some time to get used to at first, but the learning curve is not that steep.
On the PlayStation Vita, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited looks mighty impressive and colorful. With the anime art style approach, the visual appearance has a nice clean look with a great amount of detail in terms of both the characters and backgrounds.
On top of that, you get a nice soundtrack attached, which is both catchy and charming for the majority of the time. And courtesy of some effective audio effects, A Promise Revisited delivers a lot of “promise” in executing a hilarious and interesting auditory experience.
Jumping into the game as the main character, Valvatorez, you take notice of a group of Prinnies who, under the order of the President of the Netherworld, were taken away to be demolished. You are then motivated to set out with his team to put an end to this evil plot. As noted earlier, the Vita version is packed with additional DLC, which also includes another scenario called Nagi Clockwork Time Leap. This is where you have a new objective, which requires you to travel back in time for a few hundred years.
Typical of the Disgaea series, the story and dialogue can get pretty corny at times. Still, it’s not exactly dull with a cast of characters to add to your team. The battle system is where its solid gameplay comes from as it can be very deep and engaging to begin with. Developing the right strategy is key to victory considering how you’ll be exchanging attacks against your opponents in a turn-based matter. This is especially apparent when taking into account who is surrounding your character as this affects the impact of their attacks.
You will also need to have the necessary Evility equipped as this will ultimately allow you to grant special attacks on your enemies. This can be acquired via the shop, where you would purchase with the number of mana you acquire. But here, you also are afforded the opportunity to buy class abilities and weaponry skills. The degree of customization is pushed even further with the option to change the appearance of your weapons and character. It’s nothing more than aesthetics in this case, but it’s still nice to have.
The inclusion of the cheat shop in Disgaea 4 may be a double-edged sword. Here, you can set a number of aspects of the game, including the difficulty, enemy levels and how much you can acquire after battles. While this gives players the autonomy to adjust the game to their wishes, it can potentially diminish the game’s longevity depending on how much cheating they wish to implement.
Despite that, A Promise Revisited does take more than 35 hours to complete with the maximum level set to 99,999 for your characters. So there is still a huge amount of opportunity for players to keep “revisiting” this strategy-based experience.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is a “promising” title that offers plenty of content that proves attractive and engaging. The humor may be leaning on the corny side at times, but the game still remains to be a strong choice for players to consider for their PlayStation Vita.