This was my first title from the Disgaea series. After spending many hours playing it, I have to say, it was, very much, an excellent game. Although the graphics were that of an original Playstation title, the other features made it worthwhile and memorable. The story, voice acting, etc., was refined to perfection, and the actual mechanics of game play were complex and challenging.
Much the opposite of most modern video games, this game has everything BUT pretty looking graphics, although the story art in this game was still very nice to look at.
Since you're reading this review you are obviously needing more info about this game. If everyone who gave this game a low score had read this review before hand, they could have saved themselves the trouble. First and foremost, this is a decent looking game for PlayStation ONE at best. Now, if you're ever played Final Fantasy Tactics and loved it (like myself), then your only missing one ingredient. Anime. Disgaea 3 is simply FF Tactics plus anime. If you can tolerate a little Japanese humour then you shouldn't have a problem. Though the story doesn't delve much deeper than a kid that's ticked at his dad for destroying his video game, you can still appriciate a little character development. If you learn to love it, Disgaea 3 is more than capable of sucking 100 plus hours out or your busy lives. You have the option of traversing over 100 levels inside your own weapon, just to level it up. I say, if after reading this review your still up in the air about renting it, just do it.
Pros: Very enjoyable story. The gameplay is a great form of the turn-based action that past Disgaea titles have offered and it is amazingly deep. The replay value is superb as its easily 150+ hours. The music is charming and nice to listen to as well as the English and Japanese voice track. The leveling curb is slow at first but you go from snail to train as you hit later parts of the game.
Cons: The graphics are not good. Especially for a PS3 game. The sprites are great and RPG fans will forgive the visuals, however seeing as how this is a next-gen Disgaea game, this is unacceptable. At times the amount to do in this game is freakishly overwhelming which may turn off some players and attract others.
This is one of the best RPG experiences currently available on the PS3. It is incredibly deep and enjoyable and although the graphics are very mediocre, the game itself will completely overshadow that fact.