|Dev: Nippon Ichi Software|
|Pub: NIS America|
|Release: September 6, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Drug Reference, Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Animated Blood, Language|
Visually, Disgaea 4 is in pretty good shape. Though nearly every battle stage looks about the same (but with different color palates), characters are all presented in HD and all the stock Disgaea art has been redone to take advantage of the game's higher resolution. Animations are all very smooth, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better-looking game of this type anywhere other than the PlayStation 3. Sound in the game is also very well done, with some excellent vocal performances by the Disgaea cast and a whimsical score to accompany the action. Production values for Disgaea 4 definitely exceed expectations, and the game's technical aspects are all executed wonderfully.
Between the over-the top story and the amazingly deep gameplay, I have to say that Disgaea 4 is a great game for fans of the genre. The game doesn't go out of its way to appeal to those that are outside its targeted demographic, and in a way, I think this makes Disgaea 4 that much more endearing. The game has a firm grip on its identity and knows who it is playing to. It's difficult, deep, and will definitely make you work hard for success. I can't think of a better turn-based RPG that has come out in the past year. Though there isn't that much competition, it is still the demanding game that fans have come to expect from Disgaea.
In a fall crowded with sequels, it is very possible that Disgaea 4 will get lost in the shuffle. And that's probably a good thing if you're expecting a high-energy title with an emotionally resonating story. However, if you feel like the best games are those that involve combing though menus, analyzing stats, and carefully plotting out hour-long battles, then Disgaea 4 is quite simply a can't-miss title. Plus, can you really say no to an oh-so-cute exploding Prinny? I didn't think so, dood!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer