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Take some time to revisit Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited!

Disgaea 4 tells the tale of a former demon tyrant named Valvatorez and his faithful werewolf servant Fenrich. Having made a promise in his past not to drink human blood again, Valvatorez has lost all his former powers and is acting as a lowly Prinny instructor. To fuel his power Valvatorez must rely on eating sardines. A plan to exterminate all Prinnies is enacted by the Netherworld’s government, known as the Corrupternment, and Valvatorez sets off on a quest to stop the current president and restore demons to their rightful role of instilling fear into humans.

If you’ve never played the Disgaea series, no need to fret. These games don’t have an interlocking story, so you can pick up the games and play without previous titles. The Disgaea franchise is known for their over the top humor, storylines, settings, and breaking the fourth wall. Disgaea 4 keeps up with the humor the Disgaea franchise is known for and doesn’t disappoint! All kinds of hilarious hijinks happen throughout Valvatorez’s quest and with the party members, including a final boss-in-training and a money-grubbing angel.

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The battle system is usually the core element people hear about these games.  The game uses a simple setup found in typical tactical RPGs but builds on top of that, but players who’ve played previous installments in the game franchise know what to expect. Players get to utilize geo blocks and panels on the stages where they and the enemies have to deal with status effects on the terrain that can cause damage.  Of course there is also combo attacks, where if the characters are next to each other, that allows characters to team up for attacks and do damage to the enemies. Players also can find themselves lifting and throwing allies and enemies while on the map. There is also the ability to change monster class characters into weapons during battles to power up a character. The object of the battle is to wipe all the enemies off the map, while also getting to collect items you may find while navigating the board. Of course through leveling up characters and the higher calls weapons you equip, these battles will get more over the top and you can eventually see billions of damage being done. After all, with Disgaea games, it’s all about the grind. Your max level is 9999, but you can also reset characters to build up the stats!

The cheat shop is something you unlock at your base in Hades, which serves as the game’s hub. This allows players to tweak the amounts of HL (money), mana, and experience you receive. The higher these values go in one category, you will see yourself having to lessen another to free up the desired amount of points.

Disgaea also gives players a chance to create their own characters, with classes ranging from fighters and mages to monster types such as zombies. Disgaea 4 also introduced the map editor, which allows players to design their own maps with their own high level characters as enemies. This can aide in grinding for levels for lower level characters.

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Music in Disgaea 4 is spot on. The music is a pleasant backdrop in the game and matches up to fit the situation going on. The battle music fits the severity of the fights, light-hearted music for the humorous moments, and somber music from when the game gets its infrequent serious moments. The voice work for Disgaea games is also always well done. This game in particular, I found myself loving the voice work. But for those who don’t care for English dubs of games, don’t fret as they do have the option for the original Japanese audio as well!

A Promise Revisited is an enhanced port of 2011’s PlayStation 3 title Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten. All the original PS3 content is present in this port, as well as having two new episodes and a lot of DLC pieces available! So more gameplay added to an already rich title that had a lot of replay value!

Network features have been added, sort of like spotpass-like features for the Vita. Once you’ve acquired use of Cam-Pain HQ, you can add members of your party to your cabinet. Once cabinet members are selected, you’ll randomly host other players’ ministers to net additional benefits and support while you try to pass bills.

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While the gameplay and game translate well to the Vita, there is one unpleasant thing you will encounter. The frame rate will seem to drop during congested maps and will be ridiculously slow tabulating scores at the end of the level. It may be noted though, that these issues occasionally would be encountered in the console versions as well so it’s not a big turn off. What can you expect, especially later in the game on a map filled with enemies and you’ll be doing ridiculous amounts of damage.

One thing really absent from this solid game for a handheld is an ability to save during mid-battle. This game is a console sized game being put on a handheld. It’d have been great to have this option for when you want to play in short bursts or in the middle of the battle and have to stop for a bit. It isn’t an issue if you are near somewhere you can charge your Vita, but with handhelds players know that’s always not the case. Luckily the Vita has some great power saving features while in standby and can help with this issue.

Overall, this game is still a great play and a great port for the Vita system! Sure the frame rate drop and lack of mid-battle saving are a setback, but it isn’t problematic enough to turn away a great game. If you love the Disgaea series or JRPGs with strategy, pick it up and give it a try.

Pros:
  • Dual voice option.
  • Great strategy RPG.
  • Lots of gameplay and replay value.
  • Solid port to a handheld.
Cons:
  • Frame Rate sometimes drops, quite noticeably.
  • Lack of mid-battle save option.
  • Not for those who don’t like to grind in games.
Art Pixl Score 4 4
Story Pixl Score 4 4
Sound Pixl Score 4 4
Controls Pixl Score 3 3
Fun Factor Pixl Score 4 4