Reviews and Problems with Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
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Not the best Disgaea, but still fun
Tristan A. Hayes "Tristan", Amazon
2 February 2015
Summary: It may not be the best Disgaea but it is still fun. Really the inclusion of the cheat shop is probably the best feature of the game. This enables you to quickly get around mining for innocents (like statisticians) to get the exp bonuses and just get them outright from increasing the bonous from 100% earned exp to getting up to 1000% earned exp. Combined with the typical 300 statisticians a character can easily rack up experience points.
Summary: I compare this to Call of Duty in 2 ways. First, it is the best of a genre and a standard that all other games in the genre must be measured against. Second, it comes out every couple of years and it is, pretty much, the same game with some shiny new features that get old quickly. I bought Disgaea and Disgaea 2 right out the gate and have over 300 hours into each of the, I very much enjoy those games.
Summary: I don't have the heart to give this a three star or below review. I want the developers to revisit Laharl and co. This isn't nearly as good as the original. Largely because the insane difficulty is largely absent. Little, if any, grinding is required. Mr. Genji Hands are given out at the beginning of every item level, so that big sense of risk is gone.
Good game, decent story but doesn't live up to the original
Christina S., Amazon
21 January 2014
Summary: My biggest complaint about this game is that it only took 30 hours to beat the main story. For a disgaea game, it seems rather short. I wasn't enamored enough with the characters to powerlevel much. The combat overall is much improved from previous games. My overall feeling of it is that the story felt a bit flat, but the combat is solid enough that I was interested in completing it.
Summary: I have been a die-hard fan of Disgaea since the very first installment and was thrilled when informed that D2 would be a direct sequel to the original game that I fell in love with so many years ago. With the return of the well-loved original cast I felt that this would be a true-to-form Disgaea experience, perhaps more so than any of the other installments. Thankfully, after completing my run through, I found that D2 held up quite well.
Summary: If you've played any of the Disgaea games previously this will feel very familiar. The game is a direct sequel to the first Disgaea game, which is slighty confusing since there is already a Disgaea 2 that follows different charcters. In this one you play Larhal and have assumed the title of Overlord, but it seems your subjects haven't quite accepted you. So with the help of the Demon Etna and the Angel Flonne, you set out crush the opposition to you newly acquired roll.
Summary: While I still am not convinced that this is the best Disgaea game, it is definately not the worst. It does little to move turn based strategy games forward, but it is leaps and bounds easier to use. Small improvements have made large ease of gameplay improvements. Being able to look at groups of items instead of one large bag of items, innocent management improvements, and skill transfer updates save a lot of hassle that was present in previous Disgaea games.
Summary: I have only played Disgaea 3 in the series before playing this one. Some people say this was dumbed down, but I would say that is only true if you plan on playing the game for 300+ hours. I have played for about 40 hours now, which is good enough to do a decent compare. Below I do a quick comparison between Disgaea 3 (D3) and DD2. Overall I find the game close to D3, but to me it was improved in every way.
Summary: When the original Disgaea came out in 2003 on the Playstation 2, it stood out because it was just so... different. A complete satire of the genre. Instead of saving the world, your goal was to conquer it. There were exaggerated stat values, damage values and just all around absurd systems in play. Over the years Disgaea has maintained a cult status among SRPG players. But more than a decade later it's hard for Disgaea to have the same impact outside of its fanbase.
Disgaea D2: As much fun as playing with a pair of double Ds
8 February 2014
Excerpt: Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is the fifth instalment of the Disgaea saga, which has been pleasing strategy RPG fans since its inception back in 2003. D2 has the honour of being a direct sequel to the original Disgaea, which is a novelty in the series given how new Disgaea games tend to be set in their own universe complete with a host of new characters. That's fine with me as, in my opinion, the first Disgaea had the best cast.
Pros: The cheat shop makes grinding less laborious, features the lovable cast of Disgaea 1 .
Cons: Less challenging than prior Disgaea games, the story could be a little better .