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Once again, I risked good mental health by delving into the latest strategy- RPG from those lunatics at NIS.Disgaea 2, like others before it, unapologetically throws together deranged characters (like a dual-personality talking frog...who's French) and eardrum-piercing voice acting with the deepest, most hardcore gameplav around. If you regularly immerse yourself in the crazy s*** that comes out of Japan, Disgaea2 probably won't faze you. Everyone else: You've been warned. Like I said, this game is hardcore. You can (but don't have to) worry about things such as setting up your fighters for team attacks; raising their skills; cheating the system by moving characters around for support actions, then canceling their moves to do something else; having them throw each other around to position for maximum efficiency; improving items; creating combos to find better bonuses; bribing the Senate to get what you want out of the game (new characters, better items, tougher enemies, etc.).... You get a ton of strategy options here, though most of what Disgaea2 is offering, its predecessors (including its own prequel) have already given us. Still, I can think of worse ways to go insane than by playing another excellent NIS strategy-RPG.just do yourself a favor and skip the story and dialogue stuff.
Year after year, consistently delivers complex, enjoyable strategy-RPGs, and Disgaea 2 will handily satiate fans of the genre. Like its predecessor, Cursed Memories feels like a twisted fun-house version of Final fantasy Tactics, blending deeply strategic gameplay, nearly limitless customization, and comball humor with finesse. Sure, it's similar to the last game, but subtle improvements (high-res graphics, earlier access to the cool Dark Congress system, and a less exploitable endgame) make it a worthwhile investment for strat fans.
I was completely into the original Disgaea but was burned out by the time its NIS successors (Phantom Brave, Makai Kingdom, etc.)arrived. Still, it's nice to come back to a familiar world. Apparently, the developers wanted something overly familiar, though, because Disgaea 2 feels a heck of a lot like the game I played three years ago. It certainly looks more colorful and detailed or as detailed as these games get, anyway. Still, battling foes and upgrading your party follows the same routine as the original. I'm playing a good guy this time; shouldn't that warrant some new takes on things? I couldn't help but be drawn back in, but this so-called Disgaea2 just isn't as cool as it could have been.
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Disgaea 2 is the latest game by niche developer Nippon Ichi. Their games have always been known for the wacky and often self referential humor along with their deep and complex mechanics. This latest adventure is no exception, following in the footsteps of titles such as La Pucelle Tactics, Phantom Brave and the previous Disgaea.
Our hero this time around is Adell, a young demon hunter seeking to beat down the elusive Overlord Xenon and reverse the curse on his world. The search for Xenon has its fair share of twists and along the way you'll encounter some old faces. Provided you can deal with Nippon Ichi's trademark silliness, the memorable personalities you'll encounter make the story one of the best parts of the game.
On the surface, Disgaea 2 plays out like your standard tactics game. What differentiates it however, are the downright strange tactics encouraged such as how party members can throw each other to quickly traverse the level. The puzzle-like geo panel system adds some battle swaying status effects to consider, along with the potential to wipe out everything on the map with a single, carefully orchestrated blow. In between levels you'll pass game altering bills at the Dark Assembly, get convicted by the Dark Court and delve into the vastly deep world present in each and every item. All this gives Disgaea a near infinite playability beyond the main plot which weighs in at a respectable 40 hours.
Disgaea's presentation hasn't changed much and though some graphics have been recycled from the previous game, everything still looks great. Smoothly animated and beautifully drawn 2d characters make the game ooze personality and charm. The audio is especially strong; featuring fantastic voice performances that will have you at a constant giggle if you dig the humor. Another welcome and oft neglected feature is the ability to use the original Japanese soundtrack.
Disgaea 2 is unapologetic about only trying to appeal to a certain audience. The gameplay is deep, fun and exciting but to fully enjoy it you'll also have to enjoy manipulating some unintuitive and at times dense mechanics. Nippon Ichi's writing and humor is top notch, but as with the gameplay, its wackiness might turn some people off. On the other hand, if you enjoy the type of complexity and humor that Nippon Ichi is known for, you aren't likely to find anything better.