The way of the Bushido is a thing of the past. This goes double in the Netherworld. In Hinomoto, the way of the Bushido is being pushed out. What will come of this? Let’s go on a wacky journey with Fuji and Pirilika to the ends of the Netherworld to save the way of Bushido. Does the journey prove fruitful? Let’s find out in our review of Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless.
Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless
- Nintendo Switch™, PS4®, PS5®, Steam (Retail & Digital)
- Release Date(s):
- October 3, 2023 (Worldwide – Steam)
- October 3, 2023 (NA – Retail, Digital)
- October 6, 2023 (EU – Retail, Digital)
- October 13, 2023 (ANZ – Retail, Digital)
- Genre: SRPG
- Publisher: NIS America, Inc.
- Developer: Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.
- Audio Languages: English, Japanese
- Text Languages: English, French, Japanese
*Thank you to NIS America for providing a review key*
From the press release:
The demonic realm of Hinomoto is changing and the days of noble warriors are numbered. Caught up in the commotion, the lazy warrior Fuji and bushido fangirl Pirilika find unlikely allies in each other as they fight against a tyrannical regime while discovering the meaning of honor and redemption!DISGAEA is bigger and better than ever! Embark on an epic SRPG adventure stuffed to the brim with new features including Jumbification, Hell Mode, Item Reincarnation, new and improved auto-battle, and online ranked battles. You can even customize your own team with a robust roster of 45 character classes!Combat to the MAX: Battle is better than ever with new features such as Hell Mode and Item Reincarnation. Then harness the new power of Jumbification, which lets your characters grow to supersized proportions and inflict larger-than-life damage!Allies in Arms: The combat potential is limitless with 45 character classes, including four brand-new additions: Maiko, Bandit, Zombie Maiden, and Big Eye!A Warrior’s World: Inspired by feudal Japan, the setting of Disgaea 7 draws its roots from ancient and modern history, beautifully telling a tale of redemption while weaving in the series’ over-the-top humor and zany action.
Disgaea is back in a big way in Disgaea 7. The story is still off the walls as ever, as a stand-alone story (as in you do not need to play the previous game to understand it). While the story is insane as expected from a Disgaea story, Disgaea 7 raises it up to 11 and keeps it going the entire game. The pacing is done well and keeps the player interested to see the journey to the end. With a colorful cast of characters, that all mesh together really well, Disgaea 7 shapes to being the best title to date in the franchise.
Does the formula change? Let’s take a look at the gameplay section.
The gameplay in Disgaea 7 is pretty much the same as any Disgaea game. If you have not played a Disgaea game before, but have played an SRPG, the formula is very much the same. The game introduces tutorials in the first couple of missions, while it introduces the mechanics. The gameplay is very simple and straightforward. However, I think out of the previous titles the difficulty ramps up extremely quickly.
I found myself dying just in the first few missions. Strategy is key in the game, players must think of their feet and make those quick moves or else they will be overwhelmed really quick. If strategy games are your thing, this should be the game you look at immediately.
Audio and Visual:
Audio-wise, Disgaea 7 does the audio work well. The voice work in English is done really well, the same with the Japanese dialogue. Additionally, the soundtrack is fantastic.
Visually, the game looks on par with the previous Disgaea title. It looks good. It captures the Netherworld really well. The visuals are also the same across all platforms for the game. It is good it has this unity as well.
Disgaea 7 is a very solid SRPG and for any fan of strategy games. With a crazy cast of characters, a solid story, and TONS of replayability, Disgaea 7 is a solid entry in the franchise. It is also a solid SRPG in a sea of amazing games in 2023.
- Until next time, Mgs2master2 out!
*Special thanks to NIS America once again for providing a review key!*