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Setting aside a couple near-negligible issues, Disgaea 3: Absence of Darkness is definitely one of the best SRPGs on the market. It holds its own with its predecessors and brings new content to the table, while keeping intact past items that have made the series so popular. Thanks to its rather steep learning curve, you'd best look elsewhere if you're new to this genre. On the other hand, if you're a fan of SRPGs or of Disgaea, this is a must-buy.
ZTGameDomain (Jan 21, 2011)
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice is the pinnacle of the series and really does cater to the hardcore fans. While this series will continue to be a cult classic because of this, perhaps it isn’t such a bad thing. If you are a fan of the series there is no reason not to pick it up, but if you are just a fan of the genre in general and have never toyed with the franchise be warned; there is a steep learning curve found within. Overall NIS America has done a great job of bringing the series to US gamers and I am sure we have not seen the last of this quirky series.
RPGFan (Aug 30, 2008)
In Japan and in North America, the NIS label has become a formidable force in the world of 2D, anime/sprite-based gaming. One might say they set the standard. With Disgaea 3, that is certainly the case, though the bar has been set low graphically (as usual). Being the first turn-based strategy RPG to reach North American PS3 owners, the game is virtually a must-buy for PS3 owners who enjoy the genre. And, considering the variety of bonus items you can get by ordering directly from NISA's "Rosenqueen Store," there's plenty to love about Disgaea 3. The main plot arc takes about 25 hours to complete, and then hundreds of hours from there to max out characters and take on the game's greatest challenges. The game is certainly a worthwhile purchase; I recommend it to all PS3 owners, particularly those who have yet to experience the Disgaea series.
84 (Feb 18, 2009)
Wir schreiben das Jahr 2009. Und auch wenn ich eigentlich ein Verfechter des Grundsatzes "Innere Werte sind bei einem Spiel mehr Wert als das Äußere" bin, ist die Visualiserung dieses wahr gewordenen Taktiktraums ein Schlag ins Gesicht. Zu sagen, die PS3 sei mit der farbenfrohen, aber simplen Kulisse, den Sprites sowie den netten bis niedlichen Effekten massiv unterfordert, ist eine maßlose Untertreibung. Das hat jedoch auch einen Vorteil: Da hier vermutlich alles aus der PSone-Emulation gespeist wird, dürfte sich der Energieverbauch während der weit jenseits der 100er-Marke liegenden Spielspaßstunden in sehr überschaubaren Grenzen halten. Kurzum (und vollkommen ohne Zynismus): Disgaea 3 stellt inhaltlich die Weichen für die Zukunft des Taktik-Rollenspiels, doch technisch bleibt Nippon Ichi in der Konsolen-Steinzeit stecken.
Even with its extremely dated graphics, rehashed story, and strikingly similar gameplay, Disgaea 3 has plenty to offer fans of the series and the genre. I still recommend newcomers start with the original or its PSP remake for the amazing story, but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I'm not enjoying the hell out of my time with Disgaea 3. Strategy fans should set aside some time for this one, because Disgaea's strategy will swallow months of your life.
80 (UK) (Sep 16, 2008)
There are those who will want simply to follow the story and uncover one of the game's eight endings, without diverting into the extra-curricular depths. For these players the game is well worth the effort. But for series veterans who want to drill down to the bottom, upgrading weapons by slogging through 100-level grinds in the item world, balancing Evilties, managing clubs and alliances to create a squadron that is literally the gigantic sum of its creator's decisions, a blanket recommendation is harder to make. For these players Disgaea 3 is in many ways more of the same - a sequel that makes some interesting changes to the way the journey plays out, but too few to the ultimate destination.
Thunderbolt Games (Mar 15, 2009)
Disgaea 3 is a fantastic addition to both the PS3’s consistently improving catalogue and the strategy JRPG genre. With a lengthy story mode and a near enough endless number of abilities and characters to level up this game may just about take over your gaming life altogether. Matching both the quality of the voice work and scripting is the relentlessly catchy J-pop soundtrack; despite kicking in every time you visit the academy, you never quite tire of it. The rest of the electronically composed score doesn’t quite hold up as well but does an amiable job at setting the scene and mood. With such a colourful and empathetic cast, playing Disgaea 3 is nothing more than a joy. It’s strong anime-esque design and confounding gameplay isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but it wouldn’t be the same any other way. If you’re up for throwing away several weeks of your life, there’s no better place than Disgaea to do it.
PlayFrance (Mar 04, 2009)
Avec son gameplay toujours aussi profond, son immense durée de vie et son humour décalé, Disgaea 3 : Absence of Justice avait vraiment tout pour devenir le RPG tactique de référence de la PS3. Si ces points sont effectivement réussis et permettront donc au jeu de séduire sans mal les fans de la série, sa réalisation indigne de la machine risque en revanche de freiner ceux qui envisageaient une première expérience dans ce genre vidéoludique souvent perçu comme hermétique. Sachez toutefois que si vous réussissez à passer outre cet aspect il est vrai un peu rebutant, vous découvrirez une mécanique de jeu parfaitement huilée qui promet de longues semaines de plaisir. Espérons maintenant que Nippon Ichi se réveille et décide enfin de profiter de la puissance offerte par les machines actuelles.
RPG Site (Jul 13, 2009)
All in all, Disgaea is a fantastic package let down in a few key areas. In terms of gameplay, it's an irresistible package that provides literally hundreds of hours of gameplay for players. It is a system that can be broken or grinded into submission to make your characters unstoppable, but doing so would take so much time most won't actually bother. Alongside this you've got an amazing soundtrack backed up by sometimes acceptable and sometimes wonderful voice work - sadly, battle graphics leave a lot to desired. What you get then is a fiendishly difficult, fun Strategy RPG with almost endless scope for missions and content that is sadly let down by last-generation visuals. That may not matter all that much, though - this game sure knows how to have fun.
Worth Playing (Aug 27, 2008)
The grind feels fresh and compelling, even if you know it isn't and really shouldn't. So much of what makes a game fun to play is "feel," and in Disgaea 3, Nippon Ichi has balanced the feel of the game's long and bewilderingly complicated grind into something that always feels satisfying, where you always feel like you're making progress. It's like playing a really good MMO, only without your friends talking smack over Ventrillo and endgame bosses that don't require 25 people at once to fight. For those of us who love a good grind more than we like other people, it's a wonderful game. Of course, if you're sick of Nippon Ichi's shtick by now, I'm not sure Disgaea 3 is original or different enough from previous efforts to make you want to come back for another few hundred hours of grinding. That could be considered your loss, though.
75 (Feb 26, 2009)
Même si l'on a forcément envie de s'incliner devant le génie et le savoir-faire de l'équipe de Nippon Ichi Software, on regrette que le passage de Disgaea sur PS3 ne soit pas plus percutant. La réalisation dépassée et le manque d'innovations font de ce titre un troisième opus trop conventionnel que seuls les fans adopteront sans aucune réticence. Espérons que le nouveau public ne soit pas rebuté pour autant, car avec sa traduction française inespérée, sa durée de vie phénoménale et son potentiel ludique incroyable, Disgaea 3 est l'occasion idéale de découvrir la série qui a fait le renom de son développeur.
3D Juegos (Mar 03, 2009)
Absence of Justice quizá no sea la mejor forma de entrar en el universo de Disgaea, pero se trata de un videojuego de rol francamente interesante si encuentra su público. Sin embargo motivos para pensar en un éxito muy comedido no faltan: Llega a nuestro país sin doblar y su aspecto gráfico no es en absoluto atractivo. Sólo para jugadores hardcore.
GameSpy (Aug 27, 2008)
Disgaea 3 manages to provide a good deal of fun and depth, making it worth checking out. Whether or not it's worth your money depends on whether or not you're already a fan of the series. Though Disgaea 3 comes with a steep learning curve, there's so much depth to the game, both apparent and hidden, that you could literally spend thousands of hours with it. It's a niche experience, but one that's exactly what its target audience is looking for.
RPGamer (2008)
For those who love Disgaea, Disgaea 3 is a welcome addition to the series. With a hilarious, upside-down storyline and the battle system's tricks still intact, there's no reason for these fans not to play Disgaea 3. Conversely, there's little added to this iteration that would make skeptics of the series give it another try. The core of the series, from the grinding to the graphics, remains very much the same as before. Sometimes it's safer just to give the fans what they want. If only it was also on the console they wanted.
Gamekult (Feb 25, 2009)
Malgré un certain manque de surprise et d'innovation, Disgaea 3 : Absence of Justice propose un gameplay d'une richesse et d'une solidité tout bonnement impressionnantes. Les fans retrouveront ainsi cet univers doux dingue, ce système de combats aux petits oignons et cette durée de vie colossale qui avaient en leur temps permis à The Hour of Darkness de briller. Au regard de ces imparables qualités, il serait déplacé, voire idiot, de railler la fainéantise de Nippon Ichi sur l'aspect graphique du jeu. Mais leur manque d'intérêt à cet égard, allié à l'étrange choix d'avoir créé ce troisième épisode sur une console HD au potentiel énorme et pourtant totalement boudé, paraît tout de même bien critiquable. Ce troisième volet aurait pu être une belle occasion de relooker cette série mythique. Conserver un esprit old-school tout en entrant dans une autre ère graphique et technique ne semblait, en effet, pas hors de portée de Nippon Ichi.
IGN (Aug 29, 2008)
Disgaea 3 is an odd case. Despite all my problems with it, I can still openly recognize the aspects that long-time fans will appreciate and I'm sure that owners of the previous Disgaea titles will want to pick this one up. The franchise does sincerely attempt to give you hundreds of hours for your money and I really enjoyed certain parts of the whole, but the game's mechanics haven't been refined, and the poor graphics and clunky interface are obvious indications of these shortcomings.
XGN (Apr 03, 2009)
Toch mag het duidelijk zijn dat de game wat ouderwets aandoet en niet veel vernieuwing biedt. Mocht je de vorige twee delen gespeeld hebben, kun je met een gerust hart ook met deze game aan de slag, maar verwacht dus meer van hetzelfde. Ben je nieuw in de franchise? Dan is het spel een aanrader mits je van tactische RPG's houdt, maar wees je er goed van bewust dat het qua graphics geen waardige PS3-titel is geworden. Als je dit door de vingers ziet, heb je daarentegen wel te maken met een game die je ontzettend veel uren speelplezier kan aanbieden.