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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Review [PS3]

Posted on October 22, 2013 AT 01:41pm

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is a strategy role-playing game for the PlayStation 3. NIS America localized and published the title in the US while Nippon Ichi had the development on lock down. Disgaea  D2 comes to you the gamer as the 5th title in the series and a direct sequel to Disgaea: Hour of Darkness which made a major splash among strategy RPG fans giving the game a boost. Yet there have been many other Disgaea games this one actually returns the original cast, 10 years has passed since we last saw the original cast. Though there has been other Disgaea games, each one featured different characters as well as new story lines.

We start out Disgaea D2 with Laharl, he is puny in stature but mighty in power, he has taken the role of the overlord of the Netherworld. Sadly in his struggle for power and defeat of other demons he is still not recognized as anything. Not only does his struggle include no one knowing him other demons that once advised his father now trey to overthrow Laharl. We also meet the lees than pleased vassal to the prince, Etna another demon. Her and the prince do not always see eye to eye. Fionne one of the other main characters is much different than our first two characters. She is actually not a demon at all but none the less an angel trainee sent to check on the overall state of the demon world. As the adventure unfolds you will start to meet other characters that will help to further the story, some that will entice others that will annoy. No worries the always popular prinnies will also be there.

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness has a very cartoon laden style to it but don’t downplay it for that. Visually stunning you will find little quirks as you play that catch your eye. Character expression though a subtle piece of the overall visual picture adds to the enjoyment. I particularly enjoyed the stylized character design it pushed the story over the top. Right in the beginning scenes the art style draws you in, with beautiful presentation. Not to be outdone the soundtrack kicks in and you are awe’d with the sounds and visuals presented on screen. Get ready to read a lot, unfortunately like most games in this genre you are going to find a good amount of readable text. If you have played this genre then you are ready for it. One annoyance for me was the voice acting, not that it was horrible but I did find an annoyance in how squeaky the characters sound. Though the content they add to the game is important so this minor annoyance can be over looked.

Players of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness will pick up on many similarities from previous Disgaea games, yet will find a new feel. If you want a straight forward SRPG Disgaea offers that up but beckons the player to be a bit more creative. Sending one character at a time would get the job done undoubtedly though this would take some time. Taking turns to create a strategy will bode well for players that care to combine attacks. Characters can be paired up to make attacks stronger or to come to the aid of a teammate that is being attacked. One seemingly useless feature at first really lends the game play to a whole new level. You have a option to throw other characters as you pick them up. Not only can you throw one character but two at a time. Making for a new option for attacks one enemies that may be just out of reach. In turn you can also throw your own team as to protect them from any damage they may incur. As I said it felt like a useless feature but you soon see the light of what the team was going for.

Unit building aspects allow players to craft armies to fight foes this fighting force you create will match your style. In creating these units you will match your strengths and be better able to pull in needed resources. Each level lets you choose your characters so that you are not stuck with the same team in each area. Lastly jewels that will come into play that can drastically change a battlefield and your strategy. Each jewel can hurt or harm how you complete actions it can also be a deciding factor in your victory or defeat. With so many layers to the overall game mechanics you have the control over every aspect of how you will enjoy Disgaea D2.

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness shines as an RPG game it offers many features that will keep you both playing and intrigued. Certain aspects of the game may be a turn off but the good parts far outweigh the bad. If you are a fan of the long running Disgaea series you will remember why you came to enjoy this game. This glorious return shines above many of the past titles. As a SRPG fan multiple layers of game mechanics will bring in new players and ultimately show why Disagea stands to rule the market. If you are hesitant on the overall thoughts, check the game out for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised in how well this game is.

Grade: B+

Pros: Fun, Return of Disgaea series, Color

Cons: Voice acting, Throwing (At first)

Carly "PoisonPinkFluff" Frith is a little sugar, a little salt, and a whole lot of personality. Gamer, general geek and beer aficionado. Just call her a tomboy in high heels. She is on Twitter: @DN_PinkFluff.

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