Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Disgaea

Greetings, mortals. Gamer Malaya is pretty dry nowadays, huh? If it's not about WoW, it's about Rock Band/ Guitar Hero. There's a lot more other games in the world, guys. Well, what do you expect? We're pretty much only play WoW nowadays.

I better stop talking about WoW now. Array is rolling his eyes already.

Now, I can't really talk about the current games in the market since I haven't really play any new games. I also haven't read any game-related news in a while now. So how about I talk about the gems from the past? This post is about Disgaea.

Disgaea 3 will be released later this year. I, however, still haven't finish the first one. I still have my 40-50 hours save game stored in the memory card. Finishing Disgaea is just an item in my "things to do before I die" list. Right after "constructing a death ray".

So what is Disgaea is all about?

Here is how the story began. You just woke up from two years of sleep only to find out that your father, the king of the Netherworld, has died. As the sole heir, you wanted to reclaim your rightful throne. But you are not the only one. Every single demon, including your vassals are aiming for the throne.

Being Satan is a lot of work. And the politics? The politics of the Netherworld is not much different from human politics. You have to get the senators' approvals for any proposals you make. you know, stuffs like cheaper or more expensive items at the very least. And how do you get the senators to vote for you? Well, bribing, of course. Get on the senators' good grace by bribing them. If they still reject your proposal, you can walk out, or persuade further. By persuade, I mean use force. Yes, draw your sword and fight the senators.

Now, let's talk about the battle. Well, if you're familiar with tactical RPG, learning curve for this game will not be that steep. Even if you're a tactical RPG virgin, it won't take more than an hour to learn the game.

Now, why is it that I still haven't finish this game after all this time? Let me give the big picture. A single battle can last about 10 minutes to as long as 40 minutes.

Now, let's talk about how to upgrade an item. You go inside the item, or the Item World. There, you must at least fight through 10 battles before you can leave. For each battle, the item will be upgraded by one level. Depending on the rarity of the items, an item can be upgraded until certain number of levels only.

Now, this might not look too bad if we're talking about only your weapons or armors. But, you can even upgrade consumables for God's sake. Level 10 candy bar anyone?

So, those are just the basics of the game. There's a lot more depth to it. And the dark humor is really funny.

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