Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is a port of the PS3 game. Lord Valvatorez and his werewolf assistant, Fenrich, have been banished to the Netherworld prison, Hades, as Prinny Instructors. When orders to destroy the Prinnies are given, Valvatorez breaks out of prison in order to investigate the unholy government. Think of it as a not so serious political drama through the lens of a whacky anime. It’s funny, charming, and engaging in all the right places. Witty dialogue and an excellent cast of oddball characters help D4 reach the heights of the original Laharl party.
Tweaks have been made to the gameplay, but this is clearly the same old Disgaea. The battles flow faster, monsters can fuse into others or become weapons, there is a grid system that imbues stat buffs to characters, players can make and share maps, and that’s just the beginning. There isn’t hours of content here, there are months and players can delve as little, or as deep into the combat systems as they want. That said Disgaea remains as one of the hardest strategy RPG series that demands grinding levels. However, it’s a grindfest that fits perfectly well on the PS Vita, which is where the previous console version fell short. It’s plain to see due to its complex nature that the series belongs on handhelds.
Technically it’s not groundbreaking, but D4’s colorful sprites, beautiful animations, and hours of content make up for that. The voice work for the quirky cast is stellar and is amplified by the diverse soundtrack. From sad sonatas to metallic symphonies, D4’s soundtrack is great. Everything has been retooled for the better.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is spectacular. What Persona 4 Golden did for turn-based RPGs on the PS Vita; D4 does for SRPGs. Disgaea 2 and 3 were fun, but they lacked the irritable charm of the first Disgaea. D4 matches that first game’s imagination and beyond. What was great on the PS3 is now a most own for the PS Vita. There has never been a better chance to hop aboard the Disgaea train. Get on it Dood!
Score: 5/5 Stars
Special Notes: The publisher provided a review code for the game. This article was originally published on August 6, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.