Yes, I am a fan of Disgaea series.
Disgaea 4 : A Promise Unforgotten (for the PS3)
To be released on September 6th.
In short, it's a niche Strategy RPG (more for the main story), mixed traditionally with humor (also often parodies other games). The setup this time is a of political nature.
Here's quite a few videos.
Trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EbghemGI1I
Opening (HD) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Ahbahc ... re=related
10 first minutes video (More story-oriented), minor spoilers :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYZa8c5DomM
10 first minutes video (More combat-oriented), minor spoilers :http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... gHj4QKKtc#
Class introductions (JP text), non-important spoilers :Remainder - game is of politic nature thus many try to convince.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tgmAA9w37M
Some key features of the Disgaea series (in general) :
*) Item World, enters randomized worlds towards boosting your items and such.
*) Having an interresting (and optional) post-game to spend a lot of time (beyond the first 25-40 hours for the main story) to level up your characters to reach additional and optional story bits, beat ultra-powerful bosses and so on.
*) Probably one of the few series managing to make grinding (only the post-game, not required for the main story) interresting for a very long while.
Pros (Disgaea 4 specific) :
*) Game is worth it even without the post-game.
*) If you care about the post-game, it's an excellent "time waster" (can reach between 50 to 700 hours).
*) Both English and Japanesse voices (in case you dislike the English ones).
*) While it has online features, you can turn them off without having to unplug your Internet cable.
*) Optional DLC and pretty much only for post-game. You can easily compensate for not having DLC.
*) DLC tend to feature returning characters from older NIS games all for nostalgia.
*) Also Have SD (Pre-Disgaea 4) graphics mostly for nostalgia.
Cons (Disgaea 4 specific) :
*) For the post-game, it essentially requires you to check FAQs (ex : http://www.gamefaqs.com/
) or having a strategy guide if you don't want to waste too much time leveling finding oddies that can help you tremendously.
*) Expensive DLC (likely to hit 100$-140$ US for about 2 story expansions, 15-20 unique characters, extra maps, pirate ships,etc. after many months later).
*) Even with their HD change in Disgaea 4 (from 3rd), many might still not like the graphics.
*) While still very functionnal, the Map Editor only allow pre-fixed blocks to be placed in the US version (instead of JP's 1x1 blocks) due to copyright reasons and stuff.
*) If you want a strategy game with decent and intelligent AI, Disgaea 4 is NOT known at all for that.
*) Unlike the videos implies, there is no real multiplayer aspect for pirating or anything (unless a future DLC does that).