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Nippon Ichi Software has always delivered quirky JPRGs, which step away from the traditional styles of play within the genre. Disgaea is one of those series and it must be doing something right as its legacy spans from 2003 until now.

Six years after the last main entry in the series, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is here to reignite fans' love affair with the tactical JRPG series.

When the Disgaea series first came out it was a breath of fresh air within the genre. It used a Real Time Strategy system where players would move their characters across the battlefield littered with enemies to fight.

There are loads of new special attacks
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Each of the stories takes place in the Netherworld, a parallel universe inhabited by demons. There are multiple Netherworlds, each ruled by a different overlord.

Even though each story is set in a different part of the Netherworld, characters seem to keep reappearing in other games, which is nice fan service.

The humorous writing is one of the standout points and even though it's filled with several anime tropes, it's still one of the best parts of the series.

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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny’s story follows the Zombie name Zedd, his dog Cerberus and a host of characters as they traverse the Netherworlds to defeat a being called the God of Destruction.

Zed uses a mysterious spell called Super Reincarnation that allows him to be reborn again and again, meeting new allies in his quest to defeat the God of Destruction.

The game is filled with a host of quirky characters
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The story kicks off with a massive twist most fans won’t see coming and it's filled with them throughout. In Disgaea fashion, the story is a wild ride with some of the most creative characters to ever be assembled.

The overall story isn’t original but the character interaction saves it. Visually Disgaea 6 has been given a complete overhaul and now has 3D character models.

The series returns with its in-depth character customisation
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The overall style of the game still retains its anime aesthetic fused with zany horror designs. Other than the main characters and bosses there is a lot of repetition as to what character models appear.

Players may often find themselves in a battle where their allies and enemies all look the same. Battlefields are huge and that allows for plenty of strategic moves.

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However, they can be very bland with hardly any interactive elements. The 3D character models really shine in the cutscenes for the special moves.

Disgaea 6 is mainly based around combat missions, which the player will be able to select from their hub called the Fourth-Dimensional Netherworld. Here players will be able to buy new items and even meet new characters who join their party.

New 3D graphics are one of many new features
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Missions and side quests mainly take the form of battles on different battlefields. Even though this may seem highly repetitive there is a lot of depth in each battle that helps the game to stay fresh.

Battles take place on a grid where players will have to keep positioning their characters to take down the enemies. Carefully placing your characters will allow players to pull off-chain combos with other characters in their party.

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The same can be said for enemies so players will have to think of defence when placing their characters. The newest addition to the series is the Super Reincarnation system which works very similar to the original Reincarnation system.

This system basically allows the player to be reborn again starting from level 1 but with increased base stats and abilities. This system also allows you to change your class and improve stats by spending Karma Points.

There is a lot of depth in battle strategies
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Other systems such as Weapon Mastery returns allowing with a few changes like all the skills are now locked behind classes and there aren’t any monster weapons.

There are loads of weapons to pick from with unique skills but levelling them up takes a lot of grinding. The Squad system and Evilities return which will please returning fans.

In Disgaea 6 players can reach up to level 99,999,999 which is a huge increase from the 9999 limit of previous games.

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This may sound ridiculous but players are rewarded generous experience points and can increase the amount gained by using items and abilities. The Juice bar will allow players to share the experience points with other characters and improve their stats.

There is also a new function called D-Merits that allows players to see predetermined goals that will help them acquire extra Karma points.

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There is a lot of grinding but new features help to improve the overall experience, players can increase the speed of their battles to churn through them quicker. Or use the auto-battle function which allows players to watch their character do the battling for them.

There is a lot of depth within Disgaea 6 which can be really overwhelming for newcomers.

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This, however, does stop the game from becoming repetitive and boring but I feel the sheer amount of grinding required to achieve respectable stats may prove too much for non-veterans.

Verdict

Even though Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny has a few new additions the overall formula remains the same as previous titles.

This may please fans of the series but other than the overhaul in graphics I feel it plays too much like its predecessors.

That being said, this is still a great starting point for those wanting to experience the Disgaea franchise or those looking for a solid tactical JRPG.

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is out now for the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4

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