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 see what's lurking beneath the surface.
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. Even now, over a year after the game’s release, a used copy sells for nearly the same price the new ones did. So what makes a game good enough to earn such treatment? Let’s find out.
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. Laharl has been in a deep sleep for many years, and awakens to find out that his father, ruler of the Netherworld, passed away two years earlier.
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. I guess what really drawn me into this little cult-classic was it's amazing soundtrack featuring Tsunami Bomb .
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Cons: Graphics are very outdated, No save options in Item World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 . At first glance, Disgaea 's low-res, 2D sprites don't exactly scream 'next gen'. In fact, I'd be willing to bet these visuals could be done on the PSX and not lose much of their luster.
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. That's more bad news than most want to wake up to (he probably had a nasty case of morning breath after two years as well). His friend Etna explains to him what has happened, including many fellow demons fighting each other to claim the crown as Overlord.
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. Sure, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness isn't evil in that horror film way—there are no monsters that pop out of your TV set like in The Ring or The Video Dead , nor will watching it lead to you getting strange phone calls and dying within seven...
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. After awaking from his two year slumber, Prince Laharl finds that his father King Krichevskoy, ruler of the Netherworld, has died.
Conclusion: For those familiar with any of the strategy-RPG titles listed in the beginning of this review, the game plays similarly. You can control a maximum of 10 characters, for deployment on the battle field. You take turns moving them on the game board, where you can use your skills, items, defend, or conduct melee attacks against your foes. There's an added twist to the board.