Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days Review

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Posted 2:01pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days sees the unashamedly hardcore strategy game return to the PSP in style. It is a bottomless pit of gameplay that will command your attention from start to finish.

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Whenever i see a review of a Disgaea (or any nippon ichi) game i can't help but chuckle at how much an explanation of the gameplay depth must boggle the minds of someone new to the series. hehe.
Posted 2:12pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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Sounds bloody complicated. Looks like my PUSP is destined for another week of dust collecting paper weight duty.
Posted 2:20pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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Sounds bloody complicated. Looks like my PUSP is destined for another week of dust collecting paper weight duty.

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The review didn't even mention half of the strategy involved in Disgaea, glossed firmly over how geo panels work which in itself is virtually it's own game within a game. Or that the item world contains specialists that you have to defeat to increase the stats of the item at which point you can move the specialists between items to create more powerful stuff.

It truly is masterful.
Posted 3:13pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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It didn't mention Prinnys either, that's almost like not mentioning Lara in a Tomb Raider review. All is forgiven as Etna got a mention and I thought the warnings about 9999 level caps and Item Levelling gave a fair expectation of the gameplay that is expected here.

I also learned what non-diegetic meant.

As a Disgaea fan, I'm happy enough with Hour of Darkness and Cursed Memories (Disgaea 1 and 2) on my PS2. Strangely, I haven't finished either Smile And as a Disgaea fan, I can't recommend this highly enough if you've got a PSP and like hardcore tactical sprite-based grinding, simply because it has Disgaea in the title.
Posted 3:30pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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Yeah I'm with IndoorHeroes, it sounds extremely complicated.
Almost unapproachable.
Posted 3:46pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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It's entirely possible to ignore most of the levels of complexity and just play the game like you would, say, FFTactics. But the complexity is there if you want it.

You never ever have to go into the item world after the introduction to it. You can almost ignore geo panels or at least the more complex mechanics around them. You can ignore the Dark Assembly and never Reincarnate any of your characters or attempt to pass any promotion exams. The levels of complexity are entirely under your control.
Posted 3:46pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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Mmmm this cup of tea is quite delicious!
Posted 3:53pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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It's not really complicated, you've got a character(s), you jump in a dungeon, you've got Vandal Hearts-esque gameplay where you're set up on a 'board of tiles' and then move your party members accordingly and unleash attacks you've unlocked by levelling them up.

Therein lies your depth, e.g. Prinnys can pick each other up and throw each other so can move more squares than just one Prinny can, other characters have AoE attacks that hit a certain pattern/number of squares, and you can build your party out of lots of different character 'types', some good up front, others good at casting etc.

Then there's even more depth in that if you get an item, e.g. Short Sword, it has its own Item Dungeon which, if you work though it, adds stats to your sword to turn if from, say, a regular Short Sword with +3 Atk into a Yoshisuna which boosts almost all your stats by thousands.
Posted 3:53pm on Thu 28 January 2010
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Almost like Bayonetta's combat system then?
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