It may be a Hard game for most people out there. But it is very rewarding with a good sense of humor.
The Disgaea series have always been a good Playstation RPG/Strategy games set in a Netherworld full of Demons and Monsters. Anyone who is a fan of the series will know how random the story is with a lot of Japanese humour in the background. If anyone who is a fan of the series or whom loves RPG games, the Prinnies from the Disgaea series have got their own spin-off title which turns out to be a platformer. Like most RPG games that are from Japan, characters like the Chocobo’s or the Slimes from the Dragon Quest series have had their own spin-off titles over the years on many gaming consoles and handhelds.
The main story of ‘Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?’ is pretty much straight forward with some random humour. Prinnies are these Blue-looking Penguins will say “Dood” at almost every sentence. The Prinnies serve Master Etna, who is the Demon Overlord. But one day, someone eats Etna’s Ultra Dessert which is probably the sweetest thing to eat in the Netherworld. So it’s up to Prinnies to find the ingredients and make The Ultra Dessert for Master Etna. It’s up to Prinny. the main character in the game who wears a Red Scarf and is ready to embark in this quest, and of course give the other Prinnies a break from Etna’s cruel demands.
Gameplay: Before you begin the game you’ll start off with a 1000 lives. That’s right a 1000 lives to start from finish, but this is not a simple platformer that you’ve seen in other games. Three scarfs will be your health bar for each life and also 10 minutes to get through the end of each level, and 3 minutes to beat the boss at the end of the level.
The gameplay controls do feel a little broken especially when you try to jump over an obstacle or get passed a large number of enemies. It would have been nice if they fixed the broken controls for this game but they can all be easily ignored as this has made this game hard for its Disgaea fans or people who have played the games from the 1980’s.
The only weapons you’ll be using an awful lot will be the Dagger/knives by mashing the Square button. Enemies will just pop out of nowhere so the best way to pass them is either by slashing them down or trying to jump over them.
Fans of Disgea including myself will get the most out of ‘Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?’
If you’ve played Ghosts and Goblins either on the NES or on the PSP, you’ll enjoy Prinny if you want a good challenge heavy in rewards at the end of each level. Whatever level you choose to play through, it’ll tell you what difficulty the level is on. If you play through one of the levels that have a 1 star difficulty rating the other levels will get more stars and will start making the game harder for you. The best way to get through the game and not throwing away too many lives is playing through the levels that have the highest difficulty rating and the other levels difficulty ratings will increase making the game easier for you.
Graphics and Sound: The Disgaea series have always been using sprite animations for its characters during gameplay. Prinny uses the same idea but the level environments are well crafted which sort of have a gothic and anime set in a Demon Netherworld all in 2D with a bit of 3D modelling and animation.
However, the Anime/Manga-styled art and animations are well detailed from its character animations to its insane boss fights. There aren’t really any camera issues or problems, it’s just the controls that have most of the issues. You can also record your own replay data and send to other players or upload them on YouTube but you’ll have to unlock it first before trading data to other players.
If you watched the Anime series or played the games, the voicing is well done and humorous in every way. The soundtrack for the game should keep you motive and will keep you on your feet, there isn’t really much to talk about on its music.
Overall: It can take you 5 hours or more beating the game on Normal, and it can feel like it’s a short game but it is incredibly difficult to beat. Though it’s difficult, it is a surprising addicting game to play even if your new to the Disgaea series. But I must warn you not to play the game non-stop in one sitting because there is a lot of button mashing specially during boss fights and your fingers and hands will get numb.
There are multiple endings if you beat the game or not, and unlocking new modes and bosses if you collect anything such as Lucky Dolls or music CD’s during gameplay at any level you play through which will pop up at random.
You’ve got 2 options in getting Prinny either by get the UMD version either in retail or online, or purchase it on the Playstation Network and require some MB on your PSP memory stick. There is also DLC content if you want to download extra levels including a boss at the end of each level you can for a small price.
Fans of Disgea including myself will get the most out of ‘Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero?’ but has a lot to offer for anyone who owns a PSP or complain how easy most games are these days.
The Bad: This is game can Hard for some, Controls can feel a little broken