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07/06/08 @ 06:54:13 am, Categories: Life of Baka, Baka-chan on Games, 349 words, 1268 views  

So, I’ve been busy lately, and I’ve been spending most of my ‘free’ time playing Disgaea on my PSP. I seem to be repeating my PS2 play experience of the game; I’m almost forty hours in, and have barely gotten anywhere in the story…because I’m playing the Item World almost constantly… Though I am much further in the story than I got in the PS2 version.

Disgaea is really one of the greatest games ever made. It is. The depth is fucking PARALYZING.

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about… One of the MANY over-engineered aspects of Disgaea is the ‘Item World’, the ability to go into an item, and fight through randomly generated levels inside it. You can only escape every tenth level, or with the use of an exit door item. (You get to the next level by either beating all the enemies, or by reaching the level exit. The latter nullifying any level clear bonuses you would have gotten.)

Upon beating ten levels, the item is leveled up, and all the stats get bumped. Which would be enough…but no. Some stats are not based solely on the base stats of the item, but on an ‘item world resident’. A neutral mob found on random levels in the item. Once you defeat a resident, they can be moved between items freely, conferring their stat bonus to the item you move them to. (Items have a maximum ‘population’.)

Items themselves are already pretty complex. You can have ten of the same sword, and not a one of them will have the same stats. They all have different rarities, a different number and placement of item world residents, and some can be ‘Rare’ (Silver name) or ‘Legendary’ (Gold name) which means higher base stats, a larger ‘population’ and other benefits. All items start at level 0. The item world offers a much better alternative to replaying old story missions for leveling because there are more tangible benefits than just the EXP and stuff you earn in the process; you’re upgrading a piece of equipment…a LOT.

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