I am in the middle of FF13-2 which I'm really into, but I find myself just playing Disgaea for my RPG itch. I loved Disgaea on my PSP and this big-screen version is even more fun. I love the fact that even though it is a highly technical game, it's still easy to pick up and play. It is a HUGE time-sink though since a lot of the game doesn't become relevant until you are a fairly high level. It has good graphics & sound, the dub is quite good (Which after the Star Ocean 4 travesty became a huge concern for me) but you use the Japanese voice overs instead. The new features that they added are really fun, all around I love this game and am probably gonna keep it.
Within Disgaea youll find memorable characters. Good solid gameplay that improves on the previous games solid system. Great soundtrack that fits every situations. Insanely high tier voice acting and decent story.
Literally the only downside to this game is if after you complete the main story you dislike grinding because the game forces you to for the later unlockables and extra battles. But if you enjoy grinding itll be even more of a enjoyable experience.
If you're not a fan of the Disgaea games of the past, you're not going to be any more impressed by this one. The story and many of the characters are new, but the game system and conventions are the same as they've always been. Fortunately, many of us are perfectly fine with that.
The new HD sprites are beautiful and make this feel like it actually belongs on the PS3, whereas D3 left me wondering. The storyline is excellent, filled with humor and mirth, with some serious undertones often hidden behind metaphors that, unless seriously considered, will likely fly over people's heads. Some of what Desco says, for instance, has meaning beyond her candor. I found the characters, for the most part, endearing and as colorful as the game, and have thoroughly enjoyed playing. For those of you who love powerleveling your character, Disgaea 4 makes it easier than ever with Evil Icons that allow you to share exp and Mana gain among your members, making it easier to open up those top-tier job classes than ever before.
If you love Disgaea, you'll love this. For those who just want a good tactics game, I recommend this as well; the powerleveling is icing on the cake, but thanks to the Senate system, you have the ability to control the level of the monsters you encounter and make it so you never have to do any powerleveling at all, if you chose to avoid it.