Our Rating: 9/10
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is a turn-based JRPG in the vein of Final Fantasy Tactics. With the added benefit of allowing you to play for as long as you want. There are thousands of levels, mechanics to maximize your units’ performance, classes of all kinds. A great excuse for you to invest your free time in it!
Get Up 101
Zed is a walker who has turned into a zombie. That is to say, it is at the bottom of hell’s social pyramid. The weakest and final link. To the point where a depressed princess can be thought of as more powerful. Zed, on the other hand, is not on a quest to wander the lands while his arms fall off every five minutes. His goal is to dethrone the God of Destruction himself. A being whose sole goal is to destroy everything in the dimension through which it travels.
Zed has a special weapon for this: super reincarnation. He resurrects after dying, albeit a little stronger. He is close to realizing his dream after defeating the God of Destruction, the most powerful being known to date. However, he will need assistance from some of the strangest subjects.
We’ll have to travel through various dimensions while recruiting and meeting various allies. We’ll also have to figure out why the zombie Zed wants to defeat the universe’s most powerful entity. Even if it means tens of thousands of deaths.
Sadly, this story is exaggeratedly lengthened in its final bars. Filling in the conclusion of Zed’s mission with battles without more to justify that your campaign lasts a couple of hours longer.
Chaotic turn-based combat
For those unfamiliar with the Disgaea series, we’re dealing with a strategic turn-based JRPG game akin to Final Fantasy: Tactics. However, everything is chaotic within the confines of a turn-based system, no matter how orderly it is.
Each turn in Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is divided into two categories: preparation and execution. We begin by moving our units and deciding on their turn’s action. We can, however, wait and do nothing with some of them if we so desire.
Then we carry out our strategy, carrying out the attacks one by one in the order that we had planned. Finally, we have the option of passing the turn or re-planning with the units that were not used in the previous movement.
As a result, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny provides options that other games in the genre do not. For instance, consider the use of combos. If we perform several chain attacks, their power will increase. This rewards the player for planning as many movements as possible before executing his strategy.
The mobility of this combat system, on the other hand, is defined by two key actions: grabbing and pulling. A character can grab another and carry him on his back. He can also throw him into a different square, allowing for a wide range of mobility options. This gives both aggressive plays and following the leader on each mission.
The best part about these options is that there is no limit to the number of characters you can load. You can put your ten characters in a pile and then throw them one at a time. As a result, you’ll be able to travel across the game’s longest map.
The only “but” with this system is that it doesn’t seem to differ much from previous installments. Although the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” works particularly well in this series, there is room for a little more creativity in this section.
I like big numbers and I can not lie
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is defined by farming, grinding, and leveling. But let’s talk about just the most important of the game’s mechanics for optimizing your characters. After all, there are so many!
To begin, this game thrives on large numbers. Level 99 is just a warm-up here, and after a few hours of play, you’ll be able to reach level 1000 without difficulty. Your life, mana, and stats aren’t summed up in three or four numbers. After the plot, we’re talking about 36 million mana points.
Everything is exaggerated to appease those who want to see the highest number possible when striking an opponent. To complete the main story in Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny, we need to be at least level 7500. Nonetheless, as is customary in the saga, the main story serves only as a prologue to the rest of the content.
The class system, on the other hand, is in place. There are more than 15 monsters in total, including those found in various missions. Each one has various levels that we can optimize to improve its statistics. That, combined with the Item World, a place where we can face enemies to improve our objects, will provide us with entertainment until we become bored.
Finally, Super reincarnation and karma, which is a major new feature in Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny. We can improve our character’s base statistics and extra skills every time we reincarnate (that is, when it returns to level 1) using this new resource. As a result, the new Disgaea delivery title continues to provide the depth and capacity for the user to invest as many hours as they desire.
The idle essence
Do you remember how Loop Hero used idle game elements borrowed from the more casual side of the industry to provide a more relaxing experience? The Demon Intelligence system in Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny allows us to program the behavior of our units.
This is because we have the option of having the combat take place automatically, as well as the option of repeating the map once we’ve completed it or automatically progressing through the Item World. The difference is that the AI’s initial capabilities are severely limited, and it can only attack the enemy who is closest to it.
If we want to expand these behaviors, we must first unlock them, which is a simple process that is only used as a progression so that the player is not overwhelmed with all of the options right away, and then program each behavior.
This system does appear to be overly complicated at first glance. However, by following the tutorials (and having a basic understanding of how programming works helps, too), we can get an idea and at the very least program simple behaviors, or use the basics that the game provides.
All of this is worthwhile because, with all of the grinds in Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny, a method is required to be able to speed up everything while also not burning the player by forcing him to repeat the most basic and trivial encounters.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny has made an effort to make the game more accessible and appealing to a wider audience. This is for the good as well as the bad. This new title may be “easier” or “less complex” than the others, according to fans.
As a result, the pace of development has sped up significantly, and systems like Demonic Intelligence have made this experience more accessible. But it’s still a niche saga within a niche genre, with a level of complexity that can put a lot of people off.
Also, and this is purely a personal opinion, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny still fulfills certain anime stereotypes that can be irritating. His wit remains, as does his habit of breaking the fourth wall and never taking himself seriously. In a nutshell, Disgaea 6 is the best “Disgaea” ever made, with all of its strengths and flaws.