Review – Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

By: Louis Edwards

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Disgaea D2 has journeyed across the Pacific Ocean onto the shores of North America. Was the journey worth your time, or should this JRPG  have stayed in Japan?

Read our review to find out.

 

The Netherworld – a place where might makes right and today’s friends are tomorrow’s enemies.

After a long journey with many ups and downs, Laharl finally finds himself as a full-fledged Overlord. However, the other denizens of the Netherworld do not see him as such, so he sets out on a journey with his loyal (!?) servants to receive the respect he deserves.

Along the way, Laharl will meet a girl who claims to be his sister, demons with bigger than usual chips on their shoulders and find out his own body even holds some surprises.

And so the story goes, full of twists and turns, with all of the console and gaming references the Disgaea series always throws out, and always makes entertaining.

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The strongest aspect of D2, as with all of the games that have came before it in the series, is not the story, but the gameplay. While the story is entertaining, D2 has one of the deepest systems of any strategy RPG out there. Characters that you create, join with via story, or download via DLC fight on various types of maps in a grid layout system.

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On these maps, you can choose any 10 characters, each with their own specific evilities and weapons, to defeat all enemies on the map. What is unique here is the sheer amount of methods at your disposal to fight enemies. You can go all out physical and surround your enemy with attacks and team combos, or go for a more magic based fight and fight from afar. You can equip guns and bows and attack from the far ends of the map, or swords and axes if you like to get up close and personal. No matter what you do, you gain experience, which is shared among your active battle participants, and this further increases the effectiveness of your party. Say you summon a monster and fight with it alongside you often. In addition to riding the monster around the map, you can engage in mounted combat with skills changing dependent on the relationship between you and the monster.

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There is a lot to wrap your mind around during combat, and although the game kind of skims over this in the tutorial,you will be able to beat enemies to a pulp in glorious 3D animation using special abilities, magic, and team attacks and in glorious 3D animation.

Aside from combat, the game also has a lot of additional content wrapped inside each nook and cranny. Every item in the game contains a world inside of it, called an Item World. You can venture into each item and beat the denizens of the item into submission in order to level up the overall stats of the item in hand. If you have a sword you like and want to make stronger, you’d hop into the weapon, beat everyone up, and come out with a stronger weapon. Somehow.

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There is a meta game called the Dark Court, wherein you can use funds (called Mana) saved up from various fights in order to pass new laws into the game that affect different stats like making enemies stronger, weapons cheaper, money-earning faster, and so on.

If you are a fan of the Disgaea series, then this is a must have title for you. If you aren’t a fan, and have never tried the series, this would be a great time to give it a shot.

7

The Final Verdict

ProsCons

  • Entertaining Story
  • Well designed battle system
  • Deep JRPG elements

  • Battles can be tedious

VerdictA fun game for fans of the series
Rating
70%
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