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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Contains fairly common themes of good vs. evil and standing up for oneself when threatened. But a majority of the main cast displays only behaviors that are neutral or negative for the sake of humor.
Positive Role Models
Main cast of characters often acts cartoonishly rude, selfish, greedy. That being said, it's played for laughs and should not have a negative effect on players of this title's recommended age group of 13+.
Ease of Play
Though Disgaea 6 asks players to take advantage of many pre-battle preparation devices (sometimes too many to keep track of), there are no penalties for only making use of the ones players find helpful for their play style. In addition, the in-combat system will be very familiar to those with past strategy RPG experience.
Violence & Scariness
Contains fantasy violence, including imagery of weapons being used during in-combat animations. Violence comes across as cartoonish.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters wear revealing clothing. Some tame jokes about body parts, including a special skill in which characters can gain a higher evasiveness in battle -- but only if they are a flat-chested female.
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Players can expect words like "dumbass," "crap," "hell," and "damn" very frequently from main character Zed.
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Products & Purchases
This is part of a series, but the story is standalone. Has in-game advertisements for downloadable content such as in-game money, new characters, new character colors. On the Switch, these purchases require going to the Nintendo e-shop, which always asks for a password before granting access to payment information.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief references to alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disgaea 6 is a tactical strategy role-playing game (SRPG) available for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. As the title suggests, this is one of a long series of games under the same franchise, but this story is standalone. Players take on the role of Zed, a young zombie boy who's absolutely committed to destroying the God of Destruction, who threatens to destroy the world. Zed is joined by his zombie dog, Cerberus, who offers many tutorials and instructions should the player need them. In combat, Zed is accompanied by a large cast of supporting characters who battle by moving through a number of tiles anywhere on the grid-like board before either attacking, using an item, defending, or throwing another character across the board. Disgaea 6 uses an extremely in-depth training system to improve characters' skills out of battle as well, which can be overwhelming at first. As far as inappropriate content goes, this title contains moderate language (e.g., frequent use of words like "crap" and "dumbass"); suggestive themes, including female characters wearing revealing clothing; cartoonish violence; and mentions of alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
Most strategy RPGs make players focus on their tactics, since they have to adapt once a key character is lost or an enemy's special ability destroys their team. Disgaea 6 is different: If the player chooses, every battle can be completed by an automation system. Where's the fun in that? Well, what sets this franchise apart are the in-depth out-of-combat training systems present in the Netherworld. Disgaea goes beyond the familiar upgrading of skills and equipment to include mechanics such as a separate dungeon crawl challenge to improve the effectiveness of items. There's also a voting system called the Dark Assembly, where demon senators vote on initiatives such as improving the items offered in the general store or increasing the amount of EXP (experience points) a character can earn in the next battle. There's often so much to do outside of combat that the actual combat sometimes takes a back seat -- which is a pleasant surprise.
Unfortunately, though, the story takes a back seat to the training systems as well. It's not horrible, but it's definitely not the best, either. It tends to lay into jokes harder than other games would dare to, and some moments feel like its poking the player on the shoulder, constantly reminding them that it's funny. But there are more moments where the game is genuinely hilarious. Overall, though, the best part of Disgaea 6 is the flexibility it gives the player. If you choose to auto-battle during every encounter, so be it. If you wish to skip out-of-combat training because it's too confusing, that's OK too. This, along with the ability to skip all cutscenes and tutorials, is rare and very much appreciated. Hilariously, the ability to simply visit the cheat shop to speed up the advancement of your party is presented in-game as a totally commonplace feature. When all of the unique training mechanics work together, you're saved from the mid-game monotony that sometimes affects these kinds of games, and other SRPGs should take notes.
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