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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories provides a lot of depth inside of a game which is largely a copy of its original, just removing the great storytelling and incredible characters. The gameplay mechanics are still there and have been expanded, but don’t expect anything different from the first game. You don’t have to have played the original Disgaea to have fun with this one, as the storylines are barely connected. If you want a game with a lot of content and have a lot of time to put into it, Disgaea 2 is for you. If you want a gripping story, you should just grab a novel.
Nippon Ichi has done the impossible with Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories – taking a successful game and improving it on every count for the sequel. The battle system was tweaked in just the right ways, the graphics and sound were improved, and the new story is deep and faithful to the style of the series without copying too much from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. The result is what will probably be best game of 2006; no small feat in a year when two next-generation systems will be released and a third will likely begin to hit its stride. This title is destined to become a classic along with its predecessor, and anyone who does not grab a copy of this game is doing themselves a great disservice.
PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is a hard act to follow but I feel Nippon Ichi have done a great job with Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories. Some new additions and improvements have been made to the highly successful Disgaea formula and on the whole it’s another top drawer strategy RPG from Nippon Ichi. Some may feel the graphics could still be better but you can’t deny that the game looks charming, if not technically excellent. Personally I preferred the characters in Disgaea to those in Disgaea 2 but with the tweaks that have been made it’s fair to say that Disgaea 2 is the better experience. If you’re a strategy RPG fan then Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is quite simply the PlayStation 2 game of 2006 and it’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Disgaea 2 may be similar to the first one but that’s only in graphical style alone. Better sound, more strategy and more of those lovable psychotic penguins is what you’ll find contained in this single disc game. So if you fancy yourself as a hardcore RPG gamer and you haven’t played either of the Disgaea games, just strike the word hardcore off your resume right now.
PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK)
The stronger story sets the game down that solid narrative track that is missing from Phantom Brave et al so that, while technically all you're doing is pushing little humanised additions, subtractions and multiplications around a grid, it never really feels like that. In fact, the moment you notice you are simply expressing yourself through the stark beauty of statistics and the curtain lifts to reveal the matrix of little green zeroes and ones you're continually tweaking - you realise that's all you ever really do in videogames - and that, as this is one of the most flexible and brilliant systems ever invented to do this with, you don't even care.
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
You know what the weird thing is? I hate RPGs with a passion. Yet there’s something about this game that just works. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a sequel that reintroduces us to a dark world filled with demonic beings, dangerous monsters, heinous villains, and some of the most memorable characters around. Its combat system looks pretty straightforward at first glance, but the sheer amount of options and strategy involved will keep you on your toes. If you enjoy developing characters and leveling them to perfection, the countless features will leave you gaping at your television for hours on end. Obsessive completionists will have not only a vast amount of items and characters to unlock, but several sidequests and secrets to uncover. Disgaea fans, you know you want to get this game. For everyone else, give this game a chance. There aren’t many games that can boast this kind of spunk.
Even those who dislike the genre shouldn’t hesitate to proceed. All it takes is one game to change your mind. Disgaea 2 is that game. It’s more than a classic or a collector’s item. It’s a role-playing masterpiece that you’ll want to have in your collection for years to come. Unlike the rest, this one is entertaining enough to play through more than once. You won’t come back just for the comedy – the gameplay is filled with vigor and is equally as satisfying as the story.
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is about as nerdy as games get. It's a strategy role-playing game with anime-style graphics, a Japanese pop soundtrack, and exploding penguins. Yes, you read that right. Exploding penguins. You really can't get much nerdier than this. That said, Disgaea 2 is a deep, entertaining game that could easily keep you occupied for hundreds of hours. Much like the first game, Disgaea 2 is destined for cult classic status. Its goofy nature and SRPG-heavy gameplay isn't for everyone, but for those looking for something a little deeper to keep them occupied for the next few months, look no further.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories can be summed up in this way- if the strategy/RPG genre is a favorite of yours, this game is designed specifically for you. If you are not interested in the genre, this game won't appeal to you in the least. So take that into account when looking at the posted scores. It's a fantastic game, to be sure, but it's catering to a very specific set of gamers.
If you want a short, fun, quirky, and sometimes sentimental Strategy RPG that knows its market and takes jabs at it with impeccable humor, you should get Disgaea 2. If you'd prefer a game that allows you to play for hours on end (like, over 200 hours) with new events to keep your interest now and then, but you don't want it to be an MMORPG, then get Disgaea 2. If you liked the first game, then get Disgaea 2.
In some ways, Disgaea 2 is almost exactly like the first title in the series– it suffers at times from a lack of explanation of various terms or features. Many of the new additions are tweaks to the gameplay of the original title; the Dark Court and subpoena routines are really extensions of the item world, for example, and the game still hasn’t fixed the occasionally annoying camera issues. That said, Disgaea 2 is an incredibly fun game with lots of replay vale, tons of depth, an oddball sense of humor and excellent voice acting, and isn’t to be missed by strategy RPG fans.
While it all sounds interesting, it takes quite a while to get rolling. In the meantime, you'll see guest appearances from the former game, such as Etna, Laharl, and the adorable, deplorable Prinnies. You'll find yourself laughing out loud at many of the game's situations, which is a rare thing in itself, but not as much as you did with the first game. To answer a few questions, there are still multiple endings, and the restart system where you start the game after completion with all your original stats to shoot for a different ending and plot is present as well. At its core, this game is very similar to the first adventure, but there are enough improvements to at least make THIS title your new addiction and give you a reason to (finally) set Disgaea on the shelf for a little while. A solid but incremental improvement to the hilarious mind-bender that is Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is recommended for new and old players alike.
Disgaea 2 is still an awesome strategy title that manages to provide an obscene level of depth and strategy with at least 8 endings, hundreds of characters to create or discover, a new court system and an additional Shadow World on top of the Item World. Plus, when you get to an estimated full completion around 200+ hours, you know you have a title that will keep your attention for some time to come.
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Like America's own Blizzard Entertainment, Nippon Ichi Software is a developer that takes what other people first thought of and makes it so polished, so addictive and so fun that there's no way any fan of the tactical RPG genre won't enjoy what they have to offer. Though I am hopeful that future installments in the series will continue to push the envelope with new innovations and mechanics, I am happy to say that Disgaea 2, as traditional as it is, is nonetheless a great success as a game and a must-buy for old fans and first-timers alike.
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is one of those unfortunate cases where the game almost certainly isn’t going to sell as well as it should. This is largely due to the dated graphics style and the complicated battle system. However, hardcore fans of RPGs, or anyone who played the first and enjoyed it, are going to find a massive amount of very entertaining gameplay here. And who are we kidding – with the release date for a certain big-name RPG getting pushed back time and time again (we are of course talking about Final Fantasy XII), it’s nice to have great games like this one to help soften the blow. Thumbs up for this one!
PlayStation 2Quebec Gamers
Disgaea 2 reprend essentiellement tout ce qui faisait la force du premier en incluant de légers ajouts au système déjà implanté et devrait plaire à ceux qui avaient aimé l'original et qui veulent renouer avec cet univers.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Though it’s not a technical giant, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a skillful improvement upon the original and deserves a last minute spot in your current-gen collection.
In terms of gameplay, the new stuff in Disgaea 2 consists of relatively subtle changes and additions that you might not notice unless you compared the game side by side with the original. However, the most important thing is that the formula still works great, and at least as much if not more care went into the storyline to help keep things moving along. So if you've enjoyed strategy RPGs in the past, get ready for dozens of hours of quality entertainment from this one, both on and off the battlefield. Or if you're new to this style of gaming, Disgaea 2 would make for a very strange starting point, but it would still make a good one.
En résumé, Disgaea 2 : Cursed Memories reste très proche de son prédécesseur aussi bien côté technique que côté gameplay. Une bonne chose quand on connaît les qualités indéniables du premier opus mais une petite déception face au manque de nouveautés. Reste un jeu à l’univers accrocheur à découvrir, à l’humour omniprésent et au gameplay complet. Si la barrière de la langue ne vous effraye pas et que vous cherchez un jeu rafraîchissant, vous savez ce qui vous reste à faire.
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
"Diagaea 2: Cursed Memories" praticamente repete as funcionalidades do primeiro episódio. Por um lado, isso garante a boa diversão do antecessor, pois trazia um desafio equilibrado, mas, por outro, falta novidades. Quem gostou do primeiro, deve curtir este episódio também, desde que não se importe em repetir os mesmos procedimentos. Para quem quer começar a jogar um game desse gênero, talvez seja complexo demais, mas nada que o tempo não possa resolver. Apenas garanta que tenha muitas horas para jogar.
I think I found myself enjoying the original game more than the sequel simply due to the story, which is simply a tad bit better. Again, I don't know if it's due to localization or the nature of the plot itself, but it isn't nearly as entertaining, nor is it as humerous as the previous game. It's dry, rather than witty and the humor is pretty blatant at times (which isn't a bad thing, necessarily). Regardless, the game play and plot that has been given to us is still worth playing through and I think fans of the original will love to get their hands on this one. If you're looking to get into the SRPG genre, this is not a starter game and I'd more than likely recommend the original Disgaea. They're both great, but the original just has something special about it that makes it a little better than the second installment.
Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is an excellent sequel to a truly excellent game, with the only disappointing thing being it is perhaps too similar to the game that came before it - prompting me to have to dust off the old cliché that if it isn’t broke, why fix it? For fans of the original, you still don’t have a true Nippon Ichi Disgaea sequel, but more of the same wonderful gameplay to tide you over until, quite possibly, the next generation. For those who have never played Disgaea, well, there are now two excellent Disgaea games for the PS2.
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk
From start to finish Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a netherworld of fun all over again. The story and presentation was just about what I wanted the sequel to be, though I had hopes for more new features. The gameplay is just as fun as it was three years ago and the new additions fit in quite nicely, though the video and audio tend to be a little on the "too" familiar side. That's really my only complain about this game; the feeling that we've played this game before. Yes, the game is great the entire way through, but there is something to be said for giving fans something new to chew on. Whichever way you slice it, Disgaea 2 is still a fantastic game that deserves all of the attention that it gets.
Acclamé à juste titre par les amateurs de Tactical-RPG, Disgaea méritait bien une suite de cette qualité, même si on pourra toujours reprocher à celle-ci de ne pas se démarquer davantage de son aîné. Ne serait-ce que pour son ambiance unique et sa profondeur de jeu étonnante, Disgaea 2 mérite d'ores et déjà son statut d'incontournable.
If you're a gamer who's already on the Nippon Ichi train and loving it, Disgaea 2 is a sure thing. For the right kind of player, the multiple endings, secret characters, extra bosses, and obscene potential for stats and damage (a Japanese strategy guide published a record of over two billion points) could provide a pleasurable diversion that can literally last hundreds of hours. It is, however, something that's definitely not for everyone. If you're intrigued, it's easily worth checking out. Just be ready for the possibility that you could be biting off more than you care to chew.
Disgaea 2 est donc un jeu très complet, à l'ambiance tout à fait singulière, qui ne cesse de surprendre... Celui qui n'a pas joué à l'épisode précédent, tant il fait office de 1.2. Il n'en demeure pas moins accrocheur, supérieur au premier épisode en ce qu'il le surclasse quant à la richesse qui faisait sa force : dans le domaine diabolique. Il se pose sans doute comme la référence de Nippon Ichi (avant Disgaea 3 ?). Un petit vent de fraicheur (à la Phantom Brave) n'aurait toutefois pas fait de mal.
PlayStation 2Diehard GameFan
Look, if you like SPRGS or Disagea at all, you’re going to buy this game. And you know what? You’ll have fun with it. You’ll like the game. I did. That doesn’t mean it’s not a weaker version of the original and a step down from what Nippon Ichi has put out over the last 5-6 years in the states. I can mildly recommend it, but there’s no way it’s GOTY material. It’s just the crux of it all. Decent game, but it lacks the usual level of NI brilliance. Alas.
Rarely will you feel like you're playing Disgaea 2, just Disgaea 1. Again. And that can be just as awesome as always, because the core game is still fast, fun, and wholly satisfying to anyone who digs grid-based battling. But when only little things that don't affect the big picture have been changed, not much is worth commendation as a sequel. Apparently, this is what three years gets you.