It features a great cast of characters, some excellent voice acting and the controls are simple and fun, allowing the story to take center stage. It all depends on the type of gamer you are and your patience level. If you are a huge fan of the Disgaea universe, and relish the goofy plot lines that have become the series hallmark, then there is some enjoyment to be had from this title. Through some ridiculous hi-jinks including an insane Blu-Ray playing robot who just happens to be upgrading and a Hero tasked with cleaning a room with a mountain of dirty underwear the pudding and the explosive device are mixed up and the prince is blown up. My data base was only 60% full when I achieved my first ending, so that shows you how much more there is to do and see in this game.
One finds a mystical watch that lets its soul travel through time with the ability to possess other bodies in an attempt to change fate. These are all questions that can easily be answered by diehard Disgaea fans, but only by them. Of course, the key is being able to switch host bodies at the right time and make the correct dialogue decisions, which will take trial and error. Who to posses, when to possess, and what to say when you are given the rare opportunity to controls the how the game unfolds. Short Attention Span Summary Disgaea Infinite is exactly what I look for in an adventure game. Getting a failure result causes your Prinny to go back to the beginning of the series of events and replay them until you successfully change the eventual outcome, which then moves the game onto the next sequence of events and gives you a new starting point. You play as Prinny, and will see many familiar faces from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, including as Laharl, Etna, Flonne, Gordon and more! I rather liked getting that one, although there are a lot of other funny and weird ones to collect.
Think of it as Disgaea meets Groundhog Day meets Shadow of Destiny. Although he doesnt perish this is the afterlife, after all , he is led to believe that the Prinnies are responsible for the assassination attempt and threatens to punish them with the fabled 108th punishment: a reverse paycheck! This was just the game I needed after a month and a half break from reviewing video games. However the music is often put on the backburner due to the constant talking in the game. The first ending I got actually provided the setup between Disgaea 1 and 2, and shows why a certain character from the first game went to the Netherworld in the second. I enjoyed the fact that the game automatically listed things in your diary that you could or should try, along with any important plot points you discovered on the many paths you have travelled. . Disgaea Infinite is no more complicated than its point and click style adventure game brethren, it is easily accessible to gamers of all skill levels.
I will say this is the first visual novel I can recall actually playing in English aside from a fan-made translation of Tsukihime. Sound In what is easily my favourite aspect of the game, every line of dialogue in Disgaea Infinite is spoken. He has worked in video game journalism since 2002 and is also a paid consultant for Konami and The Pokemon Company. For those not familiar with the latter, it means you are getting fully animated sprites. Someone or something tries to assassinate the Overlord of the Netherworld, Laharl. Without quality voice acting that could have made parts of this game a grueling chore instead of repeatedly amusing. This is a special game, with original play unlike any other.
God knows Disgaea fans are used to that with hundred level dungeons or so. Disgaea Infinite is not like any other Disgaea series, but for fans of the franchise, the title is packed with ridiculous humor and fun fan service! Replayability Although a decent sized chunk of the game might feel repetitive as you attempt to retrace your steps and change the future for the better, you will discover there is an extensive array of paths to follow. Indeed, their titles are often referred to as being a generation or two behind what is currently possibly. Regardless, this is a great price for a fun title and I enjoyed my time with Disgaea Infinite as much as I enjoyed my time with Heavy Rain, albeit for wildly different reasons. Though there are some areas where you can press a button to make a decision, this title is formatted more like a choose your own adventure-style visual novel then a real game.
Even the static images have a degree of animation to them when they switch from one to the other. A few members of the cast shows up for a nice chunk of the game, and the two protagonists from Disgaea 2 have cameos, so there is a wonderful amount of fan service here. If your a fan of Laharal, Etna, Flone and the gang, you owe it to yourself to add this one to your Disgaea collection, and besides it's just plain fun, I'll admit at first I bought this just because I enjoy the world of Disgaea so much, but soon found myself drawn into the game itself. Disgaea Infinite also features a fun soundtrack with some tracks I am pretty sure I recognize from other Nippon Ichi titles. The game initially begins by traveling back in time. His writing could also be found in the monthly periodicals Massive Online Gamer and Pokemon Collector Magazine. In the process, Prinny discovers a vast pudding cup and rocket fuel conspiracy, along with the fact that once he prevents the original explosion, there is still more work to do.
Originality According to the for Disgaea Infinite, the game was inspired by a 2008 game named Infinite Loop which has the same premise, only more serious. Every time the Prinny fails to prevent the assassination, he has to go back and try to save the day all over again until he finally changes fate. The story is told primarily through colorful still screens and interactive dialogue sequences, each featuring the same style of humor found in the fanciful franchise's previous entries. By possessing different characters, you will gradually find out who the true culprit is. The fast paced nature of the game, along with a more passive gameplay style might alienate the core audience. As a long time adventure game fan, I found Disgaea Infinite to be exactly what I wanted from this genre. Thanks to a magical clock, the prinny protagonist can travel back in time and leave its body at various points in the narrative, allowing players to experience the thoughts and perspectives of potential suspects.
He has since retired from writing, but clearly shows up now and again. The controls might be a little too passive for some gamers, but the engine is as solid as any other well made adventure game. This is a real treat for Disgaea fans and even more so to see Mao interact with Flonne and crossovers of that nature. Nippon Ichi is definitely not a company known for making games with next gen level graphics. Either way, help is there if you need it, albeit said help does range from cryptic to hitting you over the head with the correct path to take. I actually beat the game in two sittings.
In fact, Shadow of Destiny is very similar to Disgaea Infinite in that you change fate at least once, only to discover a new path that you will need to change things more than once. For others this is a negative as it can boil down to extreme amounts of trial and error. Other gamers with a solid memory or eye for detail will probably eschew the diary to just see how many possibilities they can exhaust on their own. For some this is a positive as it involves you using your mind and deductive reasoning over your hand-eye coordination or battle strategies. This is a bit of a contradiction considering the gameplay style is extremely casual, but longtime fans of Laharl, Etna and the Prinnies will love this game for what it is. In fact, almost 99% of all of the gameplay elements have been removed from Disgaea Infinite, and calling this title a game is almost misleading. By possessing the characters, you can read their minds and see through their eyes.