Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten’s ESRB Rating Gives Us A Preview Of Its Jokes

By Spencer . July 25, 2011 . 1:53am

d45Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten has the series’ usual sense of humor. The game was rated "T" by the ESRB in part for lines like "You’re so flat, they use your chest to measure if a shelf is straight!"


Read the rating below and keep an eye out for a Nancy Regan reference.


This is a strategy role-playing game in which players control a group of characters on a quest to bring order to the Netherworld. From a 3/4–overhead perspective, players use swords, axes, and magic spells to engage monsters and human-like characters in turn-based combat (e.g., selecting attacks/weapons from a menu screen). Battles are accompanied by light effects, slashing sounds, and cries of pain; enemies disappear when defeated. One special attack depicts a bullet striking an enemy’s head, which is accompanied by slow-motion and X-ray effects. A few cutscenes depict brief stylized blood effects (e.g., an armored knight emitting blue droplets after getting impaled; the silhouette of blood splatter after a character is struck).


During the course of the game, some of the dialogue includes suggestive comments (e.g., “You’ve earned the right to be called a pervert, by sneaking around and peeping on us,” “I just love it when men do things that constitute sexual harassment,” and “You’re so flat, they use your chest to measure if a shelf is straight!”). The game also contains a brief drug reference (e.g., “If you inhale my dust, you’ll get really happy. It might even make you feel like you can fly . . . Just say no, kids! Bad! Bad drugs!”). The words “sh*t,” “a*s,” and “b*tch” can be heard in dialogue.

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  • Ok. Awesome.

  • Exkaiser

    Disgaea’s sticking to its guns, I see.

    Well, if I pick up a PS3 I’ll pick this up. I like a lot of the additions.

  • Juho Vuolo

    “You’re so flat, they use your chest to measure if a shelf is straight!”

    I think that made my day.

    • Catloaf

      …And then the speaker was brutally murdered by Etna.

    • Shinji Kazuya

      Indeed! Awsome one! I’m gotta steal it it and use it every now and then!

  • I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Meh, I would rather a mature or AO rating. Maybe that’s just me.

    • …Right cuz stuff like that would be Mature or AO rating, like it matters

    • haqua

      No one’s taking off their clothes, buddy.

    • Natat

      Uh… what? Like that would make the game better or something.

  • Love it. Getting more and more excited. Already have mine pre-ordered…. the really expensive one :)

    Who else has theirs pre-ordered?

  • RagnaXBL

    LMFAO, i was on the floor for that 2nd part

  • Fayharn

    Cool, was expecting T from ESRB.

  • this one of the reasons why i love  the disgaea franchise, its humor!
    moreso when the humor breaks the 4th wall,characters insults each other and when the occasional cursing ensues…


  • Xeahnort

    Disgaea is always full of LOL moments

  • haqua

    NIS, you guys are great, teaching people not to take drugs! In a game that’s addictive like drugs!
    …okay, it’s just telling you to get high off the game. That’s worse than marijuana could ever be.

  • NIS <3

  • NIS never lets me down! :3

  • Lord Highawesomeparty

    Looks like I’ll be heading over to GameStop to pay off my premium edition pre-order in a few hours…

  • These ESRB summaries shouldn’t be as amusing as they are, but man are they good for a laugh! :D

  • SirRichard

    I love how deadpan these things are.

  • Gotta love the humor in the Disgaea games (more like mostly all of the games NIS makes). Glad to see it never changes xD

  • OverlordFuka

    That’s Disgaea for you. ESRB itself often has amusing summaries just because of how they choose to discuss the articles.

    “Your Chest is So Flat” jokes …begin!

    • neo_firenze

      You mean like… Your chest is so flat, the last time you felt a breast it was in a KFC bucket?

      (I feel a little ashamed of myself right now…)


  • William Carpenter

    Ugh, am I the only one who finds this stuff super embarrassing? The first Disgaea had some good jokes, and I like the absurdest stuff, but this is just… juvenile. The kind of jokes kids make when they think they’ve just found out about sex. The “sexual harassment” joke is especially lame.

    I mean, I’ll still get the game because I’m sure that’s not the only kind of jokes, but still… I wish NISA would move past this.

    • Jeez, i thought i was the only one. You literally said everything i was thinking. Yeah, this humor got old for me once i turned 15, but honestly its pretty typical of modern anime, as much as i hate to generalize. No offense to the people who like disgaea, but… the series has unfunny humor and some real tired “sex” jokes sometimes.

      i get it, etna has no tits. ha ha. jesus.

    • Neckbear

      …Hasn’t Disgaea’s humor as a whole always been juvenile? Remember the LOLHORSEWEINER?

  • AzureNova


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