Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention

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Publisher: NIS America
Genres: RPG, Strategy, Strategy RPG
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Developer: Nippon Ichi
MSRP: $39.99
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Disgaea 3 is a sequel to Disgaea, a hardcore, turn-based strategy RPG. The game follows the exploits of Mao, the most honored student at Evil Academy, a school where the tardiest, laziest, and rudest demons receive the highest marks. The son of the school chairman, Mao has never once attended class nor opened a textbook. He longs to overthrow his father and assume the title of Overlord, which he decides he must become a hero to achieve. Join him on his zany adventure filled with witty dialogue, exciting events, and thrilling strategy battles.

Why You Should Be Excited for Disgaea 3 on PS Vita, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

mao is looking to take over the evil academy and overthrow his father! sounds excellent.

Let’s be honest with each other for a second here; The PlayStation Vita had a pretty phenomenal launch lineup of games. Sales aside, it’s hard to deny the plethora of quality titles. However, in the months since there’s been but a scant few games released. Unless you’re chasing a high score, there probably hasn’t been many reasons to boot it up. Not to fret readers; Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention hits the Vita is less than two weeks! On the fence about it? Allow me to help you out a bit.

First of all, this is going to be the first RPG for the Vita! Remember how many were on the PSP? It was pretty much the RPG machine. It’s great to finally be getting one on our shiny new Vita. What a fitting first game for this genre on the Vita too. Disgaea games have always been jam-packed with content, and Disgaea 3 will be no different. “Play for over 10 Million hours! Everyone’s doing it!” Or so says the over-exuberant voice in the trailer below. This will basically be a port of the PS3 title, only with all the DLC included and a few added touch controls.

One interesting thing Nippon Ichi has done is map the top corners of the rear touch pad to act as the second set of shoulder buttons. I would accidentally tap them sometimes, but they actually worked quite well once I got used to placing my fingers in the right spot. You can also have some silly fun by flicking characters around the screen outside of battles with the front touch screen. It doesn’t add much gameplay wise, but it’s rather amusing to do now and again.

Thanks to the PS Vita’s gorgeous OLED screen, the graphics in this game look fantastic, with the exception of the character models. The character portraits and environments look really great, but something about the character models themselves look off. It’s as if the entire game is HD, but the models are still in SD. Regardless, the game oozes its signature charm through the tongue-in-cheek story and over-the-top atmosphere. Watch this trailer and try not to smile. I dare you.


I always felt that Strategy RPGs like this were inherently meant for handhelds. The nature of how you play these games in turn-based, segmented sections lend themselves quite well to on-the-go gaming. During the last few weeks I’ve had with the game, it seemed to fit well in bursts of play time. Whether it was on my lunch break, on the train, or relaxing on my bed, the way the game was designed was convenient to play for shorter gaming sessions.

Personally, this is my first Disgaea game I’ve really ever dove into, and while I love the gameplay, the story is really grabbing me as well. Maybe it has to with the fact that the voice actor playing Mao also does the voice of Tamaki in Ouran Highschool Host Club, one of my favorite animes. Whatever the case may be, this silly story about a student wanting to be a hero and overthrow the Principal (who is also his father) couldn’t take itself any less seriously, which I absolutely love. This is simply good, light-hearted fun that I’m sure you’ll also find yourself enjoying.

As far as value is concerned, Disgaea 3 is going to be worth it’s asking price considering you could literally play this game forever. You heard that trailer, right? 10 million hours? I don’t know about that, but I’m sure there will be a few people racking up hour counts that put Skyrim playthroughs to shame. Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention will release exclusively for the PS Vita on April 17th. Stay tuned for our full review very soon and be sure to leave all your comments and questions you might have below!

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention Review

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Taylor’s love of the PSP flourished during his 1 year stay in South Korea. Whether it be on the subway, bus, or long walks on the beach, the PSP’s allure grew in Taylor’s heart. When he’s not playing games, he enjoys playing the guitar, making videos, and trying to learn the words to various KPOP songs. Favorite game of this generation: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Favorite game of all time: Persona 4.

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  1. April 14, 2012 at 09:35am
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    I literally JUST got 3 on the 5th. It might be a while before I get a Vita but still.

  2. April 06, 2012 at 04:44am
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    I’m not gonna deny looking forward to this. But still, Sony needs to attract more titles for the Vita soon… The potential’s there, in the hardware, but it really could use a little more love.

  3. April 06, 2012 at 04:38am
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    Why you should be excited for Disgaea 3 on the PS Vita?

    It’s almost the only good retail game on the system!

  4. April 05, 2012 at 11:08pm
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    Looking forward to this, dood!
    I really don’t see why some people believe third Disgaea to be inferior: it has great story, great characters(Champloo-sensei rules) and start for much better mechanics(I like Class world and the fact that I don’t have to use one weapon for all the eternity to open new skills).
    Gameplay-wise I believe that these series have great progression so far: 2nd is better than 1st, 3rd better than 2nd, 4th better than 3rd.
    Story-wise I think the weakest one was Disgaea 2: Adell was always way too serious about stuff, main heroes from other installments are more crazy and unique. But that could be the fact that I’ve played it through 3 times talking…
    Anyways, cheers! It’ll be a great addition to the PSV library!

  5. April 05, 2012 at 04:33pm
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    I’ll make an addendum in the article itself soon, but I wanted to let everyone know that the game will include a TON of new characters, features and side stories. Here is a link to the PlayStation blog posting for details:

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/04/05/disgaea-3-absence-of-detention-hits-ps-vita-april-17th/

  6. April 05, 2012 at 07:21am
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    I’m not looking forward to it because I feel betrayed that instead of making a new game for vita they instead ported a PS3 game and added new content. The main reason for getting a PS3 was for Disgaea and now they pull this shit on me. For God sake make original content don’t port!

    • April 05, 2012 at 11:34pm
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      Cheers, mine reason for getting a PS3 was also Disgaea)
      Anyways, you’re making way too big a deal out of this: it’s nothing new, this is the way things worked since Disgaea 1 and it worked for both players and Nippon Ichi. It’s better to have a port than to have nothing at all. Sure, it’d be great to get a totally original Disgaea for the portables, but actually expecting this to happen? Why do you feel betrayed when it was only to be expected?
      There’ll be an original title from Nippon Ichi for PSV, it just won’t be Disgaea. Another ZHP maybe?

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    I’m still not enthused I’m afraid. To me, Disgaea 3 is the weakest entry in the series. I know I beat on this dead horse a lot, but the addition of the Class World and the removal of the original weapon proficiency and skill inheritance systems made the main characters vastly inferior to their generic minion parallels and made the act of learning new skills and customizing units far more obtuse.

    This is compounded by the HUGE emphasis of farming Mana in ungodly quantities for nearly everything. Tack that onto the addition of other fairly useless mechanics.. like Magichage.. and the game just feels cluttered.

    To top it off.. despite my criticisms.. I did pour days upon days into D3.. I’m kinda done with it. Dropping the money for a Vita to play a game I already own and didn’t really super love on a far smaller screen with semi-awkward controls just doesn’t make sense to me

  8. April 05, 2012 at 01:12am
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    exactly from witch game should i start with with this series?
    i know there’s psp, ds and ps3 titles and now a vita but from where can i truly flavor the origins?

    • April 05, 2012 at 01:38am
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      I started with 4 on the PS3, and I honestly can’t see why you’re not able to start wherever you like with the series.

      It was funny, I was playing number 4 a lot, and then one day decided I was getting bored of not really seeming to go anywhere. I thought “hmm, that was a bit of a waste”, until I realised I’d put about 60 hours into the game without even noticing how much I was playing. You definitely get your money’s worth with this series.

    • April 05, 2012 at 01:44am
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      The first two games are available for download for the PSP on the PSN marketplace, which can be played on a Vita. The first game is approx $15 and the second is approx $20. The stories aren’t really directly related to each other so you can play them in any order.

      • April 05, 2012 at 01:56am
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        I should also point out that the name for the first game on the PSP is Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness. Not to be confused with Disgaea Infinite which is a spinoff title, and not a traditional Disgaea game at all. Disgaea 2 is still called just that (with the subtitle Dark Hero Days), so there’s not really any confusion there.

        • April 05, 2012 at 08:16pm
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          thanks i needed to know the name of the first one :OFF TO PSN:

    • April 05, 2012 at 05:23am
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      I honestly recommend starting with 1 or 2. 3 and 4 added a lot of, what I feel, where cumbersome and confusing mechanics such as the “Class World” and it’s D4 parallel. While 3 and 4 may be graphically and technically superior, especially 4, I”d say 2 had the strongest gameplay while 1 had the most enjoyable characters.

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention Review

Why You Should Be Excited for Disgaea 3 on PS Vita, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

I’ve always rather enjoyed JRPGs and Strategy RPGs, but for whatever reason never got around to digging into the Disgaea series. Maybe it was the was the amount of time required that seemed intimidating or other games were simply occupying my time. Whatever the case may have been, I had the opportunity to dive in with Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention as the PlayStation Vita has been experiencing a rather embarrassing lull in game releases recently. Let’s hope this lull brings the game plenty of attention because Disgaea 3 (and the entire series) is certainly worthy of it.

PROS Nice-looking character portraits, amusing story and characters, and an incredible amount of depth overall.
CONS Not particularly good at teaching newcomers the nuances of the game, and dated in-game visuals.
WTF?! Talking penguins, obscene amounts of 4th wall breaking, silly story, just take your pick!

For those not familiar with the Disgaea series, allow me to break it down for you. The games are a series of Strategy RPGs know for their ridiculous amounts of depth and heavy anime influence. While there have been four numbered entries to date, each game is independent of each other (outside a few recurring characters and themes). The depth for these games stems from the immense variety of ways you can grind characters and gear. Much like an MMO or open-world RPG like Skyrim, you could literally play these games forever.

Disegaea 3 centers around demon and star student, Mao. The school he attends, Evil Academy, isn’t your typical school though. The top students are the ones who skip class and cause mischief, while the delinquents actually attend class and intend to graduate. Mao’s goal is to defeat his father the Overlord and in turn become the top honor student. Why you may ask? Because his father stepped on his SlayStation Portable (no joke) causing Mao to lose millions of hours (Who hasn’t been there?). The plot is deliciously tongue-in-cheek, which really gives the game charm and personality.

The crazy cast of characters are what really help make the story worth experiencing. Story segments are almost exclusively told through voiced dialogue over character portraits that have very minimal animation. Visually speaking, the anime art style looks absolutely gorgeous on the Vita’s screen and you will want to take extra time to enjoy it. The voice actors give over-exuberant performances in typical Disgaea fashion, which fits the tone of the game well. Purists will be glad to know that there is an option to turn on the Japanese voice work.


The core gameplay of Disgaea 3 is akin to Final Fantasy Tactics, only way, way more over the top. We’re talking about throwing other party members, turning party members into weapons, and abilities in which you suck an enemy into your gun and proceed to blast them out. Nothing is off limits or taboo in this game, which is what makes it so much fun. You’ll constantly be finding new ways to combo abilities together with other party members to see what wackiness you’ll unearth next.

What’s nice about the combo system is there are a large plethora of classes you can use in battle, which makes the potential possibilities fairly substantial. It seemed like I was gaining new classes and monsters to use in battle just about every other story mission. So imagine the combination possibilities with 40+ classes to use. Mind-blowing, right?


New Features for Disgaea 3 on Vita
- All the DLC released for the PS3 version, which includes additional characters for after the game is completed and an extra side story staring a character named Raspberyl.
- New bosses and quests.
-Ability to change the look of items.
-Touch controls that rotate the camera and allow to you launch characters across the screen in the hub world.
-New skills, spells, and super-moves.
-Earn extra experience points by carrying your PS Vita with you.
-View friends’ stats and rankings through the PlayStation Network.

Not only does class variety provide depth, but the way in which you can level up these characters and their gear seemingly has no end. Like every SRPG, you can replay levels you’ve previously completed to grind levels. However, in Disgaea 3, and all Disgaea games for the matter, you can venture into worlds within your items to level the items and your characters up even more. This can be your sword that’s not quite strong enough, or even your ABC gum you want to heal you for more. You could easily lose yourself in this mode for hours making your squad as strong as possible.

a new transfer student in a japanese rpg? get outta town…

While Disgaea 3 is filled to the brim with content and loads of fun, it certainly isn’t without its flaws. As a first time player of the series, I felt like I wasn’t taught the nuances of the game very well. I understood the basics and learned a few things along the way, but other times I found out about certain aspects on accident. For example, I had no idea how to buy better items. I kept seeing the same low levels items for a long time and wondered what was going on. After exploring the homeroom menus for awhile, I eventually did find out how to get better gear.

I also feel like the in-game graphics look severely dated. While I understand the 16 bit character models are apart of the game’s charm, the series as a whole has not seen any sort of substantial graphical improvement since the original Disgaea released in 2003 (outside of HD of course). The character portraits look nice and appealing, but no matter how much I tried to ignore them, the character models kept sticking out to me. I’m not expecting Uncharted 3 level graphics here, but something along the lines of what Bastion did would have been a really nice step up.

At the end of the day though, I highly recommend Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention. Not only is it a fantastic SRPG in its own right, but I’m sure you Vita owners out there are dying for something great to play. As a newcomer to the series, I can say the game seems like a nice entry point for anyone that hasn’t taken the leap yet. While it could have done more to teach you, there is a ludicrous amount of content here that will make a purchase well worth your while.

A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes. The game was played for 20 hours by the reviewer and reviewed on the PlayStation Vita system.

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Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention Review

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  1. June 18, 2012 at 01:06am
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    I really need to get back on the Disgaea series

  2. April 22, 2012 at 03:08pm
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    Nippon Ichi is one of those few developers that understand what gamers, or at least this gamer, want in sequels. More of what made the first game awesome. Do not change up the formula, just refine it.

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    I bought it a couple of days ago and after playing it both on PS3 and on Vita, I can tell you this: it looks gorgeous on Vita! Everything is just so crisp and colorful. PS3 version was good, but this is amazing. Sprites, since the screen is not that big, look good as well. Overall, this is a must-have for any Vita-owner.

    • April 22, 2012 at 06:38am
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      I think the small screen helps the game look better. I’d have to agree that the D3 definitely looks awesome on the Vita.

  4. April 22, 2012 at 12:53am
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    Only 20hrs played? That’s 9,999,980 less hours than it takes to get the full Disgaea 3 experience. You’re not even trying!

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    the main character (guy in red) reminds me of Ragna the bloodedge though it might just be the hair

  6. April 21, 2012 at 07:24pm
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    I will defiantly get this once I actually buy a vita.

    :P

    • April 22, 2012 at 12:51am
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      Yep, as soon as I have a real reason to buy a Vita, I will then purchase this. However, this is a long shot away from a platform-seller for me.

      And it is really sad/lame they didn’t apply some of that Disgaea 4 sprite-tech to this port.

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    - All the DLC released for the PS3 version, which includes additional characters for after the game is completed and an extra side story staring a character named Raspberyl

    As far as I know this statement is false. I just beat the main story mode last night and when I went to collect the dlc charecters, the only ones avalable where Adell, Rozy and a new theacher for your base. I don’t know If you have to unlock them somehow or what. I’ve been looking all over the place and It seem I’m the only person talking about it.

  8. April 20, 2012 at 01:55pm
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    I’d love to play this version, but I can’t afford a Vita as of now. £230 plus memory cards…

    …Some us just can’t afford that. Though I still buy games even though I have limited funds. Being poor is no excuse for piracy.

  9. April 20, 2012 at 10:42am
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    One of those games I had to have because it was kewl, but never really played.

    I might pick this up down the line when I’m bored.

  10. April 20, 2012 at 06:01am
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    “While I understand the 16 bit character models are apart of the game’s charm, the series as a whole has not seen any sort of substantial graphical improvement since the original Disgaea released in 2003″

    that is true up to Disgaea 3 because this part of the series was originally developed for the PS 2. Disgaea 4 received a major improvement in terms of sprite graphics, which you can see for example in the trailer ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soH8jG_gfGQ )

    It is a shame that they didn’t upgrade it for subsequent versions, but it probably would have been too big of an investment compared to the relatively niche audience of the game.

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