Disgaea PSP First Look

It has been a long wait, but Disgaea PSP is finally coming to North America, and it's bringing along some all-new content.

Disgaea PSP has been out in Japan for quite some time now, but there's been little information on if, and when, the fantasy turn-based strategy game would be hitting North American stores. Prinny fans will be pleased to know that the game is coming out this summer, and their patience is being rewarded with a plethora of new content that is exclusive to the North American version of the game, including ad hoc multiplayer and a new story arc.

The combat from the original Disgaea is unchanged here. You'll see a bit of story, which serves to lay out your objective, and then it's off to battle. The combat is turn-based and takes place on a grid. There are a large number of characters, each with their own unique abilities, weapons, and spells. The battle system has quite a bit of depth, and there's a lot of strategy involved, but the game ramps up slowly and is accessible to newcomers.

The main storyline will still follow the events of Prince Laharl, who has been asleep for two years. He's awoken by his vassal, Etna, to find that his father, the king of the Netherworld, has died. To make matters worse, demons are threatening to overtake the Netherworld kingdom, which is now rightfully his. But what if rather than beating Prince Laharl until he woke up, Etna killed the prince? That question will be answered by the new storyline, which follows Etna in her quest to become Beauty Queen Ultimate Overlord Etna and includes an all-new ending.

By far the biggest addition to the US version of the game is ad hoc multiplayer, which NIS promises is being carefully balanced to not always favor the person with the best party and items. Part of this balance comes from geo cubes, which can be used during battle to stop enemy movement, level up, gain the ultimate weapon, and 27 other special features. Before a battle, each player will receive five random geo cubes and can then select five more for a total of ten. These powerful cubes don't guarantee victory; there's lots of strategy involved. For starters, many geo cubes are more effective when combined with certain units, using a geo cube requires mana, and you don't know what geo cubes your opponent has. You'll be able to customize the multiplayer game in a number of ways. You can change the conditions for victory, pick from 10 duel maps (or randomly generated maps), add a "fog of war" effect, and even decide what items will appear on the maps. Once you settle your differences on the battlefield, you can use the ad hoc connection to purchase items from your friend or sell items to them.

There are plenty of other things to look forward to in Disgaea PSP. NIS promises a number of unlockable characters from previous titles, and you now have the ability to purchase background music by visiting the new music shop in Laharl's castle. The game's still a bit of a ways off, so some details are a bit scarce, but we'll have more on the game as its summer release date draws closer.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

57 comments
weiz
weiz

If Disgaea is plagued by the same problems as Spectral Souls, I won't get it. Spectral Souls was great if you could deal with the CONSTANT disc access. Battles in strategy RPGs take long enough, but when you have to wait for loading four or five times per character per turn it really gets on your nerves... and its not worth it when I can always go back to it on PS2 any time, for free.

KaiTenSatsuma
KaiTenSatsuma

This is going save my life in Senior year, Grades be damned - My school has gone to hell anyhow.

Kyotin
Kyotin

This game is going to be tiits

Princecake
Princecake

awesome~! can't wait to waste another 500+ hours of my life :) did you know nippon ichi is one mad publisher? :)

PillsberyDoeMan
PillsberyDoeMan

i................ dont feel like wasting another 400+ hours of my life on this game again..............

Halo05
Halo05

Here's hoping both Laharl's and Etna's campaigns are available. I've put around 50 hours into the original but I don't think I'll ever get around to finishing it on PS2, being able to do it on the PSP instead would be great.

lahoor
lahoor

WOW WOW WOW ROG AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA L LOVE THIS GAME VARY VARY LOVE IS SUPER GAME WOOOW

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

I'm SO getting this for my PSP. I've wanted something like Disgaea for my PSP ever since launch, and now that Disgaea's actually coming, I can't wait. Of course, I hope there aren't the huge load time problems that other NIS games have had on the PSP, because that would completely kill the experience.

tomione2000
tomione2000

Seems pretty cool, i think i'm gonna get this...

Alfredo_Sauce
Alfredo_Sauce

no way that would be awesome i would totally get it if it came out for the psp even know i have it for the ps2

Doolum
Doolum

A game that i mightbe having in my collection.

whiplash
whiplash

This is the only game where I felt like I had to use GameShark. It was easy, but it took forever to get to the higher levels. Normally I just don't play games this long-winded, but the story and writing was worth it.

VanGriffin
VanGriffin

I couldn't be happier this game is arriving. NIS did a good job on Spectral Souls and Disgaea looks to one up it! Woot!!!

Harvestbuddy
Harvestbuddy

i seriously can't wait for this game to come out!

subrosian
subrosian

Tempting, but I spent so much time on the PS2 version I don't think I'll be going back for this. The idea of having to level my characters up, rebirth them for higher stats, level up again, rebirth, over and over, then explore all my items, et cetera... It really is several hundred hours of gameplay - a great value for PSP owners, but not for me - it's like the people who stopped playing Evercrack but didn't go on to WOW because the idea of giving up their lives again was unappealing.

Magna_Graecia
Magna_Graecia

Must.... Buy..... Homocidal Zombie Penguins command it..... On a different note, for those of you who want the life-destroying aspects of World of Warcraft without paying the monthly fees, this is the game for you! You'll spend YEARS trying to accomplish everything!

GreenGoblin2099
GreenGoblin2099

Sweet!!! I just got Disgaea 2 and I was wondering where to get Disgaea 1... good news!!! :D

Svennage
Svennage

OMG *pinch* THIS IS WHAT I BOUGHT MY PSP FOR! (other than homebrew ;p but dont tell anyone) but how disappointed ill be if the loading sucks... NIS, dont screw up on me!

sobbgrayfox
sobbgrayfox

long life to the RPG's, bring them all to the PSP

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

Clearly the toughest challenge the company has to face is... yes sir... The Loading times... Good Luck Guys... You'll need it...

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

i looked through the screenshots and..........................i saw Prier from La Pucelle Tactics right in front of Lahral and Etna, does that mean shes in the game? 0_0

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

i looked through the screenshots and..........................i saw Prier from La Pucelle Tactics right in front of Lahral and Etna, does that mean shes in the game? 0_0

sacatash
sacatash

ill buy this if the load times are decent...if not ill just stick with my ps2

StayFrosty
StayFrosty

Nice when i get my new PSP, this is definitely on my to get list which has Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, Burnout: Dominator, God of War, and others! GG!

TheRealLuneth
TheRealLuneth

Heres hoping the load times dont kill the expirience.

dragonsack
dragonsack

the only thing holding me back from getting a psp now is the new white psp version!!!! lol i'm getting this game when the new psp come out.

ta1snake
ta1snake

That is fantasic, cant wait to play on my old PSP.

foxhound421
foxhound421

this is the best news i've had all day. i knew it would come eventually but to actually have some news on it... awesome.

KaiTenSatsuma
KaiTenSatsuma

Castlevania X, Valkyrie Profile, Disgaea PsP. i guess i really do have to buy a PSP now. On that note i think NIS found a bunch of games in a warehouse, because i saw two copies of Makai kingdom, two copies of Phantom Brave, two copies of La Pucelle and a copy of Disgaea all in between two stores in a mall, i mean its physically impossible for two Disgaea games to be on sale within a mile radius so it wasnt so surprising not to find two of it.

-Jad-
-Jad-

FINALLY... It's coming... NISA THANK U!.

speculative
speculative

Time to start saving up for a PSP; this will be my next system before I would think of getting a 360 or PS3...

killeer2007
killeer2007

PSP sales are about to go up by one :P

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Awsome, we're finally getting some decent TBS games on the PSP! Field Commander was just awful so I'm looking forward to Disgaea.

ChesterCheeto
ChesterCheeto

already. on top of my head....im gunnah tell you. its going to have the same graphics as if it were still on the PS2. just a though..lookin forward to proove myself wrong. Cheeto :P

crushgoil
crushgoil

awesome! the games list for the psp is finally improving!!

MrGrime
MrGrime

Same here Kitsune...same here.

Saphire_Kitsune
Saphire_Kitsune

I've never played any of the Disgaea games before but I really wish I could someday...

soldjango
soldjango

And I thought MGS:PO, R&C:SM and a couple other games would be the only good games on the PSP

B-bad
B-bad

awesome news finally this game making this way here, I know I can't wait :D

CaptValor333
CaptValor333

W00T!!! Can't wait to throw Prinnys on my enemies on the go!