Reviews and Problems with Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
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18 October 2007
Summary: Disgaea delivers fun and chaotic gameplay with interesting quirks around every corner. The characters are lively and charming, and the story simple yet entertaining. Indeed you can skim along and ''complete'' this game fairly easily, but, you're going to want to dive into its near endless depths and...
Excerpt: Nippon Ichi and Atlus took a risk in bringing a game with the look and gameplay of Disgaea into North America, where the mainstream gamers have different tastes than their Japanese counterparts. It must have paid off, because a second printing of the US version was needed to meet the demand.
Excerpt: Over the years, Atlus has earned a reputation as the publisher of a large variety of innovative RPGs. The next big game to come from Atlus will be the Strategy RPG, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness . The main character through this journey is Laharl, Prince of the Netherworld.
Excerpt: I never really imagined that a Strategy RPG can be this fun. Heck, I was even surprised that I spent over 40 hours into this game the first week I bought it. I did lose at least 15 hours of sleep but I was able to unlock a new class and that alone is very satisfying but sort of useless.
Pros: Great sound track, voice acting, and spell effects, It takes you about five to ten minutes to get used to everything, A lot of replay value
Cons: Graphics are very outdated, No save options in Item World
Excerpt: Take one part Precious Moments , add in some anime and just a touch of one of those over-the-top 'Devil Worshiping' 80s metal bands (you know, big hair and odd costumes), and you've got a good idea of the visuals found in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness .
Excerpt: Plenty of awesome RPGs have been released this year, nearly every one of them exclusively for the PS2, and plenty more are to come before the year’s end. With that in mind, it’s no secret that role-playing enthusiasts have been getting plenty of love as of late.
Excerpt: Laharl has just awoken from his 10 day nap. He is quickly surprised to learn that it lasted two years instead and on top of that, his father, Overlord of the Netherworld, has passed on while he slept.
Excerpt: Our own Jimmie Robinson (who pens the Import Horizons feature here at GameCritics.com) described Nippon Ichi's strategy role-playing game (RPG) Disgaea best—he called it an evil game. I must wholeheartedly concur with that assessment.
Excerpt: When a game claims that “Strategy RPGs are about to get a serious kick in the ass!”, either the game will be a big disappointment, or in Disgaea ’s case, it delivers what it promised. Disgaea is easily one of the top RPGs of the year, and one of my new favorite games.