Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness Review: What a JRPG should be
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NIS shows us tradition can easily hang with the Hollywood blockbusters of the video game world. The best game in the series, Disgaea D2 has humor, depth and story that will keep players entertained for weeks on end.
- Tradition in a blockbuster industry
- Humor and fan service
- So. Much. Depth.
- Musical score is still weak overall
- Quick and obvious story
The game's staggering depth is handled similarly well, as there is a lot to do during the main story and post-story. The randomly generated item world and Cave of Ordeals alone can keep a person busy for weeks, but with the new cheat shop, there is that extra bit of customization for making any stage more interesting. There is also a lot of post-game content that brings in familiar faces for cameo appearances to add a little more fun and excitement. Truly, the game is far from over when the story concludes.
But with so much content, does the combat system hold up? Like all the Disgaea games, D2 is a tactical RPG, and whether you've only played Final Fantasy Tactics or you've touched every TRPG known to man, it feels smooth and nostalgic, like a worn leather glove. You spend turns moving units across varied terrain and attacking, you can assemble a party of varied skills and specialties, and combo attacks combined with topographical considerations to make for insanely deep strategy. A new likeness meter helps boost the chances of doing team attacks, protects, and monster tag team skills. Killing your own guys by accident, or healing them every chance you get, among other things, affect the likeness meter positively or negatively. The in-game senate still allows you to boost characters, along with taking another character's evility if you have the mana and bribes to pull it off. Other than that, not a whole lot has changed--far from a bad thing, since Disgaea has always been incredibly fun and addictive.
Overall, the package that Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness offers in depth alone is enough to make any RPG fan ecstatic, regardless of Eastern or Western allegiance. The subtle additions and tweaks to series tradition are an olive branch for those wary of a grindy RPG, but purists can easily change the experience to something more familiar. If you’re not an RPG fan, Disgaea's off-kilter humor might still keep you entertained, but this is a game for the number-crunching, all-night-playing, hopelessly engrossed strategists. And it won't be long before the most green series newcomers find themselves among their ranks.----