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Disgaea 2 PC Review

Disgaea 2 PC Review

Disgaea 2 PC is the latest port of one of the titles from the humorous and whimsical Disgaea Strategy role playing game series. The game was developed by Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) and is a part of one of their most popular and well known game series. The original Japanese release of the game was published to the PlayStation 2 by Nippon Ichi Software late February 2006, the game was later localized to North America late August 2006 for the PlayStation 2. The game later received a PlayStation Portable port under the title Disgaea 2 Portable in Japan which was published late March 2009. The PlayStation Portable version was localized to North America late September 2009 under the title Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. Nippon Ichi made an announcement in 2016 that they would be porting the game over to Steam with content from both of the previously mentioned versions plus some bonus characters. The PC port of Disgaea 2 was published to Steam at the very end of January 2017 and includes Steam achievements as well as a set of digital Steam trading cards featuring some of the game’s great character art.

Disgaea 2 PC Review 

The player begins the game as a fated young hero named Adell who is the last human left after the overlord Zenon cursed the world causing all of the humans but one to become demons. As the only human who has not been affected by the curse Adell feels that is his destiny to defeat the overlord and restore the world to normal. Adell’s journey begins in his hometown of Holt where he attempts to summon Zenon, but instead of summoning Zenon he accidentally summons zenon’s daughter Rozalin. After accidentally summoning Rozalin not only does Adell have to search for Zenon himself but he also must deal with Zenon’s daughter until he can return her to her father. The game is separated into a total of thirteen chapters which each have multiple levels to complete before being able to go to the next chapter. Each of the levels will begin at the town of Holt which acts as the game’s base of operations where you can access unlocked story maps, side quests, the returning item world, and the Dark Council. Players will likely spend most of their time with the game’s side quests and item world rather in the main story line of the game, while there is far more filler in the game then their is focus on the plot of the story it manages to keep the player engaged enough to enjoy the game regardless. Overall the game’s story has a lot of weaknesses in regards to focus and length of the main plot as it often gets pushed aside for other aspects of the game such as the item world or dark council which despite being fun aspects of the game they do not add directly to the value of the story.

Disgaea 2 PC Review 

The game has a number of humorous and fun gameplay features which are unique to many of Nippon Ichi Software’s strategy role playing titles. If you have previously played any of the Disgaea or Phantom Brave game titles you will probably recognize many of the game’s features particularly the game’s humorous and somewhat bizarre battle features. Some Nippon Ichi fans might recognize some of the game’s unique battle commands such as lift and throw which allow you to lift and throw objects and characters on a battle field. Another unique gameplay feature includes the previously mentioned item world which allows you to enter the randomly generated world within an item which allows you to power up the item from within. Their is also a feature called the “Dark Council” which allows you to pass bills for the town of Holt thus improving things such as the towns economy. While attempting to get a bill passed you can bribe the members of the Dark Council with items such as food to sway them towards approving the bill. The game has no shortage of entertaining gameplay features to make the game more interesting, the fun lineup of gameplay features is one of the game’s strongest features.

Disgaea 2 PC Review 

The graphics in the game are heavily outdated but considering that the original was a PlayStation 2 game they are good enough for a ported game. The character designs are about what you would expect from a Disgaea game, the characters look unique enough to set them apart while the style of character art is very familiar. The background art has a bit more volume and detail to it than the port of the original Disgaea making it graphically superior as you would hope for from a sequel title. The battlefields still appear as three dimensional chunks of land with grids over them as is common for most strategy role playing titles. The graphics as a whole aren’t ground breaking and aren’t as detailed as modern game graphics but they stand the test of time well enough to be memorable.

Disgaea 2 PC Review 

The game has its flaws but it was still a highly memorable title for the PlayStation 2 and is part of one of the most humorous strategy role playing game series of all time. The graphics are outdated as the game is over ten years old and some of the gameplay features are a bit flawed but the game still provides plenty of hours of entertainment. If you are hoping for the latest title with ground breaking graphics or a game that features an open battle system this definitely isn’t the game for you. If you are a fan of the Disgaea series or just simply enjoy Nippon Ichi Software’s games I highly recommend this game as part of your Steam library. This is also the perfect addition to any retro gamer’s Steam library since it has so much old school charm.

Disgaea 2 PC Review 

PROS (+): Humorous Gameplay, Hundreds of Characters, Exciting Battle Features

CONS (-): Distractions from main plot

Disgaea 2 PC Review 

SCORE -8.0/10

This review is based on a digital copy of Disgaea 2 PC on Steam provided by Nippon Ichi Software America.