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Plight of the Prinny trailers don’t bode well for Disgaea Infinite

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When it comes to the elegant art of leveling-up, no other JRPG series can hold a candle to the grind-fest that is Disgaea. Disgaea titles are infamous for their difficultly and length, giving grinders lots to do as they boost stats, manage skills and form god-like parties that can take on any boss battle. But Disgaea games have also made a name for themselves with their unique sense of humor that’s particularly well suited for otaku, with stories, sight gags and cutscenes that could just as easily feel at home in an anime or manga series. That’s why we were excited to hear that the latest entry in the Disgaea series, Disgaea Infinite, would take on the form of a more story driven adventure novel. Unfortunately, the latest trailers don’t bode well for the upcoming genre change.

The first of the three new Disgaea Infinite trailers released today focus on introducing non-Disgaea fans to the plight of the Prinnies. These penguin-like demons have been doomed to the Netherworld to work off their sins in past lives and generally serve as the whipping boys of the main cast of characters in the games. As far as mascots go, the fanny pack-toting, bomb-tossing Prinnies are great fun. But today’s trailer will do little to win over strangers to the series. It also suggests that you’ll spend much of your time in Disgaea Infinite playing as a Prinny who can possess other game characters to control their actions, which just doesn’t seem as fun.

  

 
Above: The first promotional trailer for Disgaea Infinite is full of the pomp and flair we’ve come to expect . But it looks like it'll play more like the trailers below

We had a great time playing Disgaea: Dark Hero days and the Prinny: Can I Really be the Hero on the PSP recently, but today’s stale cutscenes pale in comparison to Disgaea Infinite’s very first promotional trailer, which had us pumped to play it. What do you think? Are you ready to embrace Disgaea’s new story-driven direction from a Prinny’s point of view? Or were you hoping for more traditional action and leveling-up with Laharl and Etna? Check out the latest videos and let us know in the comments below.

  Above: The first of three new Disgaea Infinite trailers released today. We hope it doesn’t play like this

Above: The second Disgaea Infinite trailer

Above: The third trailer shows someone spamming the “Possess” command, which seems to allow you to control other game characters

Apr 6, 2010

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10 comments

  • WickedSid - April 7, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Possess Dood! reCaptcha: Possess Dood!.... Really...?
  • Tommykrem - April 7, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    The only dood here that's possessed is the idiot that said first! Don't quit your day job, you sunuvagun!
  • Samael - April 7, 2010 7:14 a.m.

    PoSsEsS dOoD!
  • Wizrai - April 7, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    Posseess dood!
  • FlyinMX - April 7, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    possess dood!
  • GamesRadarButtercup - April 7, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    possess dood
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - April 7, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    POSSESS DOOD!
  • Cyberninja - April 7, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Also i forgot to metion in the anime when ever laharl saw jenifer he called her a pervert because of her body and the other 3 traliers just tell me things i already now so they are useless except that i dont see how changing between the bodys quickly is helpful but i will be geting this in my summer of psp games with MGS:PW Persona 3 port and KH:BBS. one last thing is that i hope you cant make the stupid mistake of opening the dark world not knowing that it will randomly send you when you try to level grind with stronger bills meaning that not even your dlc cant save you
  • Cyberninja - April 7, 2010 12:50 a.m.

    according to the first trailer it does not take place in canon. Because mao and beryl should not be in this game also it seems like yukimaru will make a apperance because it said zam in their yukimarus famous line from 2 also when i read translate google it said it was about laharls murder and a prinny gets blamed so it travels back in time to find out who realy killed laharl. But thats just what i could gather from the first tralier
  • Billiam101 - April 7, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    First!

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