The story for Disgaea 3
is about as weird as they come. Mao, a young demon at the Netherworld High School, is looked on as the role model for the whole class. In the Netherworld, being good means being bad because Mao has never been to any of his classes and is seen as the class valedictorian. His childhood friend, Raspberyl, is called one of the delinquents but she is one of the few that attended her classes and volunteers in her spare time. One morning, Mao is playing one of his games and spent "a million billion hours" playing it when his dad, the Overlord of the Netherworld, accidentally broke his console. Mao declares war on his father and vows to kill him and become the new Overlord. On his journey, he meets all sorts of heroes, demons, and wayward teachers that become part of his adventure.
Disgaea 3 is a very stat heavy RPG. Numbers and formulas are used frequently and effectively to create a very fun and accessible game. The beauty of the system is that it can be as complicated or simple as you want. Disgaea 3 has included a slew of new features and ideas that improve the playing experience to make it an addictive game.
The Item World is a recurring feature in all of the Disgaea series, but in Disgaea 3, they have introduced the Class World. Essentially the same as the Item World, but the difference is that it affects the individual characters and not their equipment. Basically, it is a list of randomly generated maps that the players clear in order to earn skills and level up the attributes of the character of choice. It is a much more flexible system that lets you customize your party more freely. In the same vein as the Class World, another new feature is what they call "Evilities." Practically, they are "evil abilities" and they are simply new abilities that are learned by their respective characters and cannot be unlearned. For example, once a thief learns an ability for his class, he could then learn another ability from a class that he hasn't even trained in yet. It is a very flexible system like the Class World and makes for some enormously deep gameplay.
On the field of battle in Disgaea 3, you can stack members of your party on top of one another and then throw them around the map for quicker maneuvering. Now, on top of the stack ability, they have introduced Tower Attacks and Dual Throwing. Tower Attacks are a group of members joining together in a stacked tower to inflict damage in a very over-the-top way. Dual Throwing is a more strategic addition because it allows for a tower of characters to pick a specific character to initiate the next throw. This means that places that were out of reach vertically can now be much easier to access. The list of new additions to Disgaea 3 is so long, that most of the strategy guide is geared to how to better understand the new systems. For fans of RPG's, there is plenty for your money. For strategy fans, there is even more. Disgaea 3 packs more than enough content for its fifty dollar price tag.