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Disgaea D2 A Brighter Darkness Review

Disgaea D2 A Brighter Darkness is a direct sequel to 2003’s Disgaea Hour of Darkness following the “hero”, the demon known as Laharl. The game was developed by Nippon Ichi Software and received its North American release on October 8th, 2013 for the PS3. The game like its predecessors is a strategy RPG set up on a grid like battlefield where you must move and attack with your characters based on there strengths and weaknesses. Laharl with his vassal Etna and there fallen angel friend Flonne are on a quest to prove Laharl’s worthiness of being the overlord of the entire demon world. With plenty of quirky humor and many stages of increasing difficulty this is one strategy RPG that will keep you busy and entertained for quite awhile. dd2 prinnie

First off a warning. Disgaea D2’s story focuses mostly on a humorous and light hearted story so if your looking for a serious drama filled RPG this may not be the best title for you. However if you could use a good laugh or a smile, this will fill that need no problem while being incredibly entertaining at the same time. From hell becoming a field of flowers, to a russian dragon/chess piece as a boss, to Laharl becoming a girl the game has no shortage of funny moments that really do get you attached to the main characters in ways you never thought you would. And one of the games best aspects is that you as a player can completely ignore the story really at any point in time and build up these lovable characters. You can grind for experience on stages you’ve already cleared as many times as you want, create new characters to experiment with to find your best strategies, or go to the Item world and grind out the levels of your best items to make them stronger and more effective. bomber dude

The combat consists of your standard strategy RPG fare along with a few new additions to the series. One of the most prominent of these is Mounted Combat. If you have a monster character on the field one of your human like characters can ride the creature. This provides both advantages and disadvantages. The riding humanoid character does all the attacking while the monster is the movement, and whenever you defeat an enemy both units will receive the experience points providing some easy leveling. You can also perform a new mounted team attack while doing this for some extra damage and a flashy scene. Some drawbacks however would be that while mounted you can not use either character to pick up and/or throw other units taking away from your tactical options in some cases. battle

Beware of your own units. Disgaea does have a friendly fire combat system and this is something to take into consideration for multiple reasons. One is quite simple, don’t help the enemy beat you. The other is that the game has introduced a new system where if you interact and talk to other characters in your demon army you will build affinity. Once a character likes you enough they will occasionally step in to take a hit for you or assist you in a team attack for extra damage to enemies. But if you strike your allies in the field they will start to dislike you and ruin chances of bonus damage and protection that could mean the difference of victory or defeat. Another nice addition to the game is the Cheat shop which allows you to literally bend the aspects of the game to your will. You can exchange your money percentages for winning battles to increase your experience output, increase the difficulty of creatures for better rewards, etc. This is great for grinding or hunting items or heck even if your just searching for a tougher challenge.pee flonne

There is a lot of content and customizable options in the game to keep anyone busy for many hours. The story seems to be alittle wanting at times but the focus really was on the game play itself in this entry. I havn’t had this much fun in a Strategy RPG game in many years and I would heavily recommend this to any fan of the genre or to people who have played the previous installments. Disgaea D2 A Brighter Darkness is a well rounded and uniquely fun title that I will continue to play for a long time to come. 8 out of 10. Happy Gaming.

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