Yes, after years of searching, I finally got a copy of this game! And, it’s every bit as fun as I’d heard it was.
Well, the story is anyway.
I’m very frustrated by some aspects of the game. One is that I never seem to have enough HL (money) to buy the best equipment for all the characters (I spend a lot of it at the Hospital- which charges you according to how badly hurt you are, instead of having a flat rate like most other RPGs. That sucks.)
Another thing is that I seem to have made a mistake in trying to play the game using only the in-story characters (I wanted to save the character-making process for the New Game + play; That’s what I did in FF Tactics, and it made the second playthrough feel just as fun.) But those Prinnies you start with are not very good helpers.
And I’m sorry, I’ve played several tactical RPGs over the years, and this game has some of the worst combat area effects I’ve ever seen. Heck, one battlefield has Instant Death on half of it, and Silence + 20% Loss of HP Per Turn on the other. COME. ON!! ::dekar!:: Thank goodness most fields are easier.
And no, I’m not playing with a guide this time. Had I known I would find a Disgaea copy beforehand I’d ordered one online. After trying playing on my own, I started using Gamefaqs, and I’m doing better now… but there’s something I still am not clear on: I know that you gain new Weapon Skills by using your weapons repeatedly. However, does using those skills increase your weapon level? Or does only using physical attacks do that? Because I’ve been using the skills a lot, but I don’t notice a big increase in their base Weapon Levels. (You’d think Gamefaqs would point this out, but if so I haven’t found it.)
Other than the system problems, I like the game well enough. It’s a riot, and it even has moving moments like when it’s revealed that the Big Sis Prinny was actually Laharl’s dead mother (!) Surprisingly touching for such a tongue-in-cheek game.
My favorite character so far is Captain Gordon, the Buzz Lightyear knockoff. Even if he is dumb and his speech pattern is annoying, he seems sincere enough as a hero, and he cares for his friends. Heck, I like him and his team better than Laharl (whose brat act is starting to get tiring- I hope he gets better soon.)
The graphics are Ok (in fact, I think the sprites are surprisingly expressive, for their size) and the voice acting is good (is it true Laharl is voiced by the voice actress who voiced Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers? I wouldn’t know, I saw the Spanish dub.) The music is OK, but it’s better in some chapters than others.
So overall, a good game so far, even if it’s rather unbalanced.
So, anybody got any tips to give me?