I know a lot of people have read the so called "experts" reviews of this game, and to be honest I am glad I didn't pay any attention to them and gave this game a chance. I have played all the disgaea games, and when I heard about this one I was curious, and became instantly more curious when I found out that the game had characters from Darkstalkers! I spent the first 10 hours of the game just running around in circles trying to figure out the combat combos, until I realized that a lot of them are not available until you get further into the game and get more characters. The advantage to this is the infinite variety of characters gives you a ton of different ways to approach any combat, including the ability to switch people out on the fly, on the other side of the coin it does make it difficult to truly prepare for any specific fights. You can save it anywhere on the main map, and the side scrolling dungeons between worlds remind me of the old Castlevania games for the atmosphere, and the hidden items behind columns, etc. You can upgrade any stat on your character when they level up if they have enough points to get the skill, the sad part about this, is as of the writing of this review someone had hacked the game to give themselves 999 in each stat, so they could be #1 in the online rankings, which I find deplorable. There are a ton of hidden mini quests that you can find, most of which unlock trophies and give you a large amount of cash or materials to make new gear. The sound, minus the conversations between the characters is definitely not anything spectacular, but anyone who is a fan of the Disgaea series will appreciate the humor that the characters have, including the prinny running around saying "Dood" all the time. The interface outside combat is very straight forward and easy to use, in combat it takes some getting used to, especially getting a long string of combos going, or getting the EX moves to work. The EX moves are amazingly powerful, but you need to have someone on your team almost die, or kill all the enemies save one to be able to activate more than one EX move. Overall the game has kept me entertained for the first 30 hours that I have played it, and for completionist RPG players like me it is a lot of fun, a word of advice though is not to rush too quickly to the plot events, the games difficulty does scale up very quickly in the second world, and I can't tell you how unpleasant it is to see the game over screen.
yes: I recommend this product