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The PlayStation Vita hasn't exactly had a splashy start, coming out of the gate with a decent lineup of launch titles, though still having failed to deliver the kind of killer app that sells consoles. So while we're still waiting for the title which will help justify our expensive portable devices, me and the other Vita owners of the world have been content to bide our time with solid ports of already beloved titles, with Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention helping flesh out our starved library with some classic RPG goodness. The original Disgaea 3 (Absence of Justice) first dropped for the PlayStation 3 back in 2008, and though classic RPG fans were certainly enthused, the game's simplistic style wasn't a huge hit with gamers looking for a true next-generation experience to cram onto their HD televisions. However on the PS Vita, the game's technical limitations are much easier to forgive, the blocky maps and old-school sprite graphics looking right at home on the unit's gorgeous screen, letting players enjoy countless hours of content without hogging the television. Disgaea 3's plot largely consists of the same silly anime hi-jinks the series has come to be known for, with the ridiculous student body of the underworld's "Evil Academy" rallying behind the demon boy Mao in his quest to un-throne his Overlord father.
Let us assume, for the sake of making a conversation, that we can both agree the original Disgaea was a brilliant piece of game design. No, not perfect by any means; but what it lacked in refinement it more than made up for with sheer audacity. Even if you're not a fan of its over-the-top sensibilities, you have to admit that Disgaea's unconventional combination of on-the-nose, metatextual skewering of anime game clich and ludicrous obsession with stats and grinding was precisely the slap to the face the overly serious strategy RPG genre desperately needed a decade ago. The problem with a game so fresh, so irreverent, is that it paints its creators into a corner. A larger, more diverse developer probably could have simply followed up with something totally different. Nippon Ichi, on the other hand, was a tiny studio whose only modest pre-Disgaea successes had come with lighthearted but ultimately more conventional takes on the genre -- the precise sort of games Disgaea was mocking. By their standards, Disgaea was a blockbuster, but it also broke that old rule of (pardon my French) not shitting where you eat.
While Disgaea games are always well-reviewed, part three received the coolest welcome in the series when it arrived on the PlayStation 3 in 2008. Its strategy was just as bafflingly deep, its oddball demon characters just as quirky, and its randomly generated item worlds just as bottomless. But that familiarity was perhaps its problem -- the 2008 PS3 game felt like the 2003 PS2 original. On the Vita, though, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention does not have to compete with the grandeur of Metal Gear Solid 4, and can just be the best damned strategy game on the system. Set in the Netherworld (the demon world), Disgaea games tell humorous tales of demons putting on a big evil show but eventually finding their moral compass. Absence of Detention is set in a demon school called the Evil Academy, where the bad kids are the honor students and the do-gooders are considered delinquents. Our antihero, Mao, is the son of the Overlord and sets out to overthrow his father because the behemoth accidentally stepped on Mao's game console, causing him to lose millions of hours of save data. Surely, we can all relate to this motivation. There are many likable characters and while the overall story arc is entertaining, its delivery is the cause of Disgaea 3's greatest weakness: it's way too talky.
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