Game Comment: "Disgaea" (PS2)

30 Dec


Disgaea – Hour of Darkness is a strategic RPG. It tells the story of Laharl, the son of the late Overlord of the Netherworld and his quest to establish himself as the next Overlord to rule the demons of the Netherworld. Much to Laharl’s dislike, this turns into a quest to uncover the truth behind some strange happenings after an angel – Flonne – turns up at Laharl’s stronghold. In the end, all realms are involved – demons, angels, and humans. This story is told in chapters, each chapter announced by a story-character and his/her take on what is to expect next, much like on TV: tune in next week to see …

A short word on the graphics: they are nothing to shout about, even some PS1 games might be better, but – is that important? I had fun with Disgaea and I liked it. A lot. That’s important.

What I liked:

  • story telling: While the story is nothing too original or unusual, apart from the fact that you’re playing as the “bad” guys, I very much enjoyed the way it is told. There are a lot of funny dialogues and plays with cliches. Most of scenes are just hilarious and made me laugh out loud.
  • Etna:

    My favourite story character – not because of her fighting skills, but because of the things she says. This picture shows Etna’s announcement of the next chapter. I really like her voice. It fit perfectly for the (often) snarky things she said, IMO.
  • “balance”: I don’t know what to call this, but I really like the fact that you can finish the game without bothering too much with the “extra stuff” and levelling up with no end in sight (at least I think this is possible). Time for that, difficult for me to say, because I sure did a lot of the extra stuff while playing, maybe 20-30 hours?
  • different endings and “game +”-option
  • extra stuff: As I said, there’s no need to bother with that overmuch – but it sure is a lot of fun. Apart from the story characters, which join your party over the course of the story, you can create your own characters. By levelling them up, you unlock stronger versions of them or create a total new class. Then there is the dark assembly where you can make proposals to the senators, e.g. better equipment in the shops, and try to influence them to vote for your proposal by bribing them. Then, there is the item-world, where you can level up your items and collect so-called “statistician” through fighting enemies. Both make your item better, so that a low rank item which was levelled up might be way better than a high rank item which was not (the higher the rank of an item, the stronger the enemies you have to fight to level that item up).
    In short: a perfectionists dream.

What I didn’t like:

  • extra stuff: a perfectionists nightmare. There’s just no end to the things you can do.
  • sometimes the story is a bit sappy. It took me a while to like “Love-Freak” Flonne.

As you can see, I really had to struggle to come up with things for the “what-I-didn’t-like” part. And they’re more niggles than actual complaints. But – I had to come up with something there, didn’t I?

If you like strategic RPGs, go get Disgaea – Hour of Darkness.


Did I enjoy playing this game? Yes, very much. I’m still playing it in fact. There’s just so much you can do …

Would I recommend this game? Yes (but see above).

Grade: 4,5 / 5


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