It's a decent game that is worth playing, but not one of those life changing games. I'd say its most similar to Mass Effect but set in the real world. The AI is bad, the skill system's balance is a little wonky, and some of the bossfights are BLATANTLY unfair. It also does that mass effect thing where some of the dialog option names don't quite exactly match up to what the character says. All that said, it is very immersive and if you like spy stories this is (in my opinion) a reasonably good one.
Worth playing, but imperfect.
Friend Codes seemed to me like an attempt to keep kids safe by making sure they don't associate with strangers online. This is one of the most spectacular backfires ever. Now, instead of meeting online in the actual game, kids have to go use message boards and chat rooms. Even 4chan, the worst place ever, has a lot of pokemon traders of all ages swapping friend codes. It's probably safer to take a kid to an actual real life crack house than 4chan. Fantastic job, Nintendo.
I hope they've learned their lesson. Trying to restrict people's ability to communicate in this era is simply not feasible.
The original Disgaea is not just the best game I have ever played, it is the best thing I have ever anythinged. It is the absolute pinnacle of human achievement. It's not the Mona Lisa of video games so much as the Mona Lisa is the Disgaea of paintings.
Gamestop.com has new and used copies in stock.
I don't see why you couldn't rent it from here though. They have both, the availability just says medium.
Or, if you wanted an experience that's pretty much exactly the same amount of fun as this game, you could just bash yourself unconscious with a brick.
When you say something like "They can never achieve the depth that console games hold." you need to keep in mind that never is a very very long time. When I bought my first computer years ago, the salesman told me "don't bother with the 1 gig hard drive, you'll never need that much space". Now a gig is laughably tiny.
Just because a smartphone or tablet can't deliver a AAA quality gaming experience right this minute doesn't mean that it never will, and when it can, why would you buy a gaming console to do something the tablet your phone can do already? And why wouldn't game manufacturers write AAA class software for the device they know you have?
The ipad 2 already has a high quality screen, a port you could plug a controller into if they make one, and a processor comparable to a mid range PC. It's about half way to the system specs necessary to run the PC version of Mass Effect. Computing Power doubles every 18 months or so. This is not a hard math problem.