Reviews and Problems with Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
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8 January 2014
Summary: The Disgaea franchise is a decade old. I'm still trying to wrap my head around that, even as I write this. Developer NIS' Makai series has been one of my favorite franchises in gaming ever since I first went along with Laharl, Etna, and Flonne through their journey for dominance of the Netherworld.
Conclusion: If you aren't already a fan of this franchise Disgaea D2 won't draw you in to its weird world. Series fans will find the familiar here and NIS went out of their way to provide plenty of jokes just for the real fans.
Summary: " Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness " is a safe and satisfying return to Disgaea's always excellent standard, and for the most part is as fun and addictive as its always been. The comeback of the series' best characters and storyline is also a treat diehard fans have been waiting for. Whilst Disgaea D2 doesn't push itself or really offer anything notably new , it still offers a massive amount to do with an unparalleled level of depth flawlessly.
Excerpt: was a runaway hit when it first launched over a decade ago. I still remember having to wait for the local GameStop to get restocked before I could get my copy. Since that time, numerous sequels and spinoffs have come to all PlayStation platforms and each one (with the exception of those crazy Prinny-based action/platformers) presented players with a massive amount of depth.
Excerpt: I first saw Disgaea shortly after the first one was released many years ago. At the time, I thought that it was way too complex and I wasn’t looking for that much strategy. However, the beauty of the Disgaea series is that you can avoid some of that major strategy if you want. It is possible to get a lot more out of the game than it seems on the surface.
Summary: I've been playing tactical games since the NES, but there was something about the Disgaea franchise that really resonates with me. Offering up a ridiculous level of customization and refinement, Disgaea sat upon a pedestal in the strategy pantheon, with hardly any competition in terms of how hardcore the experience was.
Summary: It has been a decade since the original Disgaea graced the gaming world and turned the strategy role-playing game genre upside down. While numerous sequels have introduced different casts of wacky, demonic weirdos, longtime fans of the franchise feel a particularly strong connection with the original netherworld and its three leads: the egotistical Prince Laharl, his snarky vassal Etna, and the do-gooding fallen angel Flonne.
Pros: Returns to the original cast that longtime players love, Jam-packed with things to do, Gameplay changes make building and leveling your army more intuitive, New "mount" mechanic is useful
Cons: Story presentation takes a step back from Disgaea 4, No online features this time around
Conclusion: Concept: Bring back the first game’s beloved cast for another attempt at dominating the Netherworld’s strategy gameplay
Graphics: Sprites look better than before in HD, but the whole presentation still looks low-budget
Sound: Voices match the characters well, and the music fits the world
Playability: A Brighter Darkness caters to the hardcore; those unfamiliar may find themselves grinding and/or lost in the systems
Entertainment: Creative and tricky maps fuel the desire...