I went to this Nippon Ichi thing last night and ended up writing brief pieces on Rhapsody DS and Disgaea DS afterwards. What I didn’t mention in those write-ups, because it seemed a bit too judgemental for mere first-look previews, is how disappointing I found both titles. I had been holding off on buying the PSP version of Disgaea to see how the DS one turned out, and now that I know the answer I think I will go Sony on this platform split. The DS one isn’t bad, but it just doesn’t feel quite as crisp as last year’s portable rendition, and I don’t care that much about the game that being able to recruit some minor NPC is a deciding factor for me.
As for Rhapsody, well… I tried to like it back when it was released for PlayStation, because aggressively whimsical and bizarre games from Japan were still something of a rarity a decade ago. But ultimately it was entirely too saccharine, and the strategy-lite gameplay did nothing for me. Ten years has not improved my feelings on the matter, it turns out. Still, I can respect a game that promotes the tactical use of baked goods, and I hope both games do OK. I like NIS on principle (even if they aren’t localizing Hoshi No Tori) and would like for the company not to die a horrible death.
Meanwhile, it’s back to Liberty City and its “Oscar-worthy story” (snerk) for me. I feel like I’m betraying my principles here, somehow.