It''s a bit difficult to believe, but there was a time when the Nippon Ichis cult-classic series of JRPGs, Disgaea, was limited to a single game, surrounded by other efforts on the developer part. Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome changed the narrative aspirations for the creators.
Disgaea has six mainline installments (and a plethora of remasters) under its belt. Itsn''t in the same commercial league as your Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts, although its somewhat niche fandom is hardcore enough to show up every time. Nippon Ichi has been relaunching various games via the Prinny Presents label. Enter Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed And Rebound.
What Is Reclaimed and Rebound?
Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound is in some ways new, in others old, and in no way very old. It''s technically a Japanese-only PSP re-release from 2011, so people on the side of the pond can enjoy a smooth graphical redesign, and not much else, really. But here in the West, that PSP content never arrived. So fans are in for a feast by comparison.
To reiterate, then, the PS2 version of 2005 was until now the only official way for Westerns to enjoy this game. Six years later in 2011, Japanese fans were in for a treat with a neatly-enhanced PSP purchase. Along with 2022, and the rest of us can finally play catch-up.
Petta Mode, a full-fledged expansion, has an excellent new storyline and a heaping help of additional items and such along the way. When Makai Kingdom Portable flooded Japanese shores, it was the sore thumb that the rest of the world felt for failing it.
Makai Kingdoms'' main campaign follows Zetta''s book-bound angry, a freakin overlord who has already had the power to form the tome right along with him. Your party members will every day be instrumental in freeing him from his ahem binding.
Petta Mode scuppers Zetta for a young lady who claims to be his daughter. But she does not mean that Zetta will even care? Players may discover about a whole four-volume worth of battle maps and a number of new cutscenes.
Bug fixes are generally the most informative thing to read about. However, Makai Kingdom Portable was significantly more playable than its PS2 predecessor due to a massive number of proverbial bands applied to issues as large as entire stats malfunctioning for certain units, rendering them useless.
The PSP version is less stable than the original. Not a bad tradeoff for a game that works as intended, but with the arrival of Reclaimed And Rebound, there is one less thing to worry about. There are sometimes missed frames and minor slowdowns here and there, but this is the smoothest rendition yet, as well as the most mechanically sound.
Reclaimed and Rebound is far and away the prettiest way to play. Character art has been sharper than ever, landscapes have received a nice little touch-up, the UI is improved (it basically the PSP versions, but again, that makes it brand-new to many of us) and on the audio front, the catchy tracks are cleaner.
Then again, it was hard enough to get Zettas'' home base castle music out of our heads back in 2005. Now that it''s crisper, the earworm has only grown in strength.