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One of the best Strategy RPGs of all time PlayStation 2 Nick Rycar (201)

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PlayStation (GAF) (Aug 19, 2003)
If this game doesn't sound interesting (awesome) by now, then it's suprising this sentence is even being read. A marvelous game that will remain in my collection forever, Disgaea is bound to please. RPG lovers, strategy fans, and those just enjoy a good time, Disgaea is a masterpiece easily overlooked on a system with hundreds of games to play. Do not overlook this one, as Atlus has brought another classic to the US.
PlayStation 2Netjak (Sep 10, 2003)
I'm fumbling for a creative and catchy way to introduce this game, and I'm just not finding it. I'll just go with this. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is the best game I've played this year.
PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers (2004)
What a game! Those of you who have been waiting for a game to surpass Final Fantasy Tactics, and those of you who enjoy strategy RPG games in general, should definitely rush out and pick up Disgaea: Hour of Darkness because there isn't any game out there quite like it. Even if you aren't usually into games from this genre I would give it a go because what we have here is one of the finest games you can buy for the PlayStation 2.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Sep 10, 2003)
Aside from the niggling issues with the game, Disgaea carries several very quirky aspects and an excellent base of gameplay. With almost unparalleled levels of customization and near unlimited amounts of replay value, Disgaea will keep many people busy for a long time.
PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming (Sep 14, 2003)
The PS2 library is overflowing with RPG titles, so any new RPG coming out for the console really needs to bring something to the table in order to be noticed. Well folks, I think the table just about collapsed with all of the features that are packed into Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. With so many different things to do (and different ways to do them), this title has seemingly unlimited replay value.
PlayStation 2RPGFan (Nov 11, 2003)
With so much to do, so much to see, and so much to unlock, the completists out there will be spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours with this game. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though -- because when a game's as good as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, it deserves to be played.
PlayStation 2IGN (Aug 26, 2003)
It's official: RPG enthusiasts are in heaven. Already inundated by a wave of new role-playing adventures in the first eight months of 2003 alone, it's been a great time for PS2 owners to love the genre. Xenosaga, Dark Cloud 2, dot-hack, and Arc the Lad are but a few of the titles we've seen this year already, and there's still plenty more on the way. Not to be outdone by big name companies like Square Enix and Sony, however, the moderately sized Japanese publisher Atlus Software has gotten into the mix as well. Best known for its Ogre Battle and Devil Summoner franchises, Atlus is looking to kick off a new mainstay with its new strategy/RPG experiment Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
PlayStation 2Diehard GameFan (Oct 01, 2003)
If you are a fan of strategy RPGs of any sort, then do yourself a favor and buy this game. It may be hard to find though, because not only is it pretty popular, but it also looks like there weren’t a whole lot of them released. This game will not be enjoyed by non-RPG fans though. I mean, if you’ve played RPGs and just don’t “get it”, then you’ll hate this game. You may like the story, but all those battles will be too boring for you, so just avoid the game. To RPG fans, BUY THE GAME, dood!
PlayStation 2RPG Site (May 29, 2006)
Past the thirteen chapters of the story mode, you can keep playing and playing. I’ve poured almost 150 hours into the game in my 2 years of owning it, and it’s still enjoyable, with nothing at all repetitive. And that’s the special thing about Disgaea: Hour of Darkness that makes it worth owning. It never gets boring. No matter how long you play it for, or how much complexity you take from the game – be it right down to the deepest levels, or just scratch the surface, barely going into the Dark Assembly, you will still enjoy it for its originality, funniness, freshness, and huge cast of hilarious and brilliant characters. It’s unlikely to appeal to casual gamers. But this is a site for RPG fans, so to you guys I say: Pick this up. It's fantastic.
PlayStation 2RPG Kingdom (Jul 25, 2004)
En quelques lignes, Disgaea est un jeu au graphisme simple qui n’utilisera en aucun cas les capacités maximales de votre Playstion 2. C’est un vrai RPG qui même en copiant un genre maintes fois exploité, arrive à surprendre par l’avalanche de petits voire d’énormes plus qui font la différence. En terme de game play, de graphisme, d’ambiance, de difficulté et même de durée de vie, il se place loin, très loin de ses aînés dont il n’aura copié que la base. A vous les fans, voici le jeu que vous attendiez depuis longtemps. En quatre mots : à ne pas rater !
PlayStation 2Edge (Oct 27, 2003)
As well as the main story battles there’s an item world section where you can literally enter and physically level up any item in your inventory, adding a mind-blowing depth of player control. The micromanagement is on a previously unimagined macro scale yet is accessible and coherent enough to draw you in, making hours of concentrated playtime pass like minutes. The story uncurls with anime charm and cross-cultural comedy that will delight its target audience. With a very different feel to the usual medieval SRPG fare, Disgaea lacks some of the polish of Squaresoft’s crown holder. But its strength lies in gritty, compulsive complexity – Edge can only admit that the genre has a new king. Unfortunately, devoid of Final Fantasy licence there will be few to rule over.
PlayStation 2Factornews (Jun 17, 2004)
Si vous aviez prévu de faire quelque chose cet été, n’achetez pas ce jeu car une fois aspiré dedans, vous ne relèverez la tête qu’aux premiers frimas de l’hiver.
PlayStation 2GameCell UK (2004)
If you’re a fan of the genre and don’t have this game: rush out and buy it now. This easily the most fun Strategy RPG around, and in my opinion, the best. If you haven’t played this type of game before (and it’s quite possible, not many of these games make it over here) then Disgaea is a great game to start out with, as the tutorials are good, and it’s not overly hard to begin with.
PlayStation (May 28, 2004)
Dire que l'arrivée de Disgaea en Europe est une bénédiction est un drôle d'euphémisme tant le soft de Nippon Ichi est un chef-d'oeuvre du genre. Drôle, graphiquement magnifique, construit autour d'une architecture sans faille (ou presque), disposant de combats titanesques et d'idées toutes plus originales les unes que les autres, ce titre est un des meilleurs RPG tactiques auxquels j'ai jamais joué et représente une oeuvre inoubliable qui a déjà commencé à ronger ma vie sociale. Bref, si vous aimez les RPG japonais, achetez-moi ce jeu (en préparant vos nuits blanches), ce produit se devant d'être reconnu à sa juste valeur et prions pour que Phantom Brave atteigne maintenant le vieux continent. Il y a des jeux qui marquent une vie de joueur et Disgaea : Hour Of Darkness fait assurément partie de ce club très select. Bravo Nippon Ichi et merci à Koei pour cette distribution providentielle.
PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den) (Sep 23, 2003)
These complaints aside, Disgaea really is a truly wonderful game, bursting with style and creativity, and absolutely filled with stuff to do. While some will undoubtedly find that the game's eccentric qualities take some getting used to, it is those qualities in the end that make this such a wonderful game, and one that any fan of strat-RPGs must own.
PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Apr 22, 2007)
What isn’t funny at all, and the game’s only major issue, is the camera control. While you can rotate the camera during battles, the angle is unchangeable. You’ll sometimes find it hard to see where monsters or treasure are hidden, and it’s possible to blow a Geo Panel combo because you missed that crystal tucked away behind a column. There should have been an overhead map feature similar to the one found in Vandal Hearts, where you could zoom the map out at will and locate friend or foe. It’s not enough of an issue to be a game killer, but it definitely makes things way too tough at times. But hell, if you’re a SRPG fan you’ll most likely be hooked the moment you crack the shrink wrap. Disgaea is a winner from start to finish, and one of the best games in the genre in years.
PlayStation 2Game Critics (Nov 12, 2003)
In the end, Jimmie was right—Disgaea is an evil game that will take over a gamer's life if they're not careful. With so much to do, so much to see, and so much to unlock, the completists out there will be spending hundreds upon hundreds of hours with this game. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, because when a game's as good as Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, it deserves to be played.
PlayStation (UK) (Jul 30, 2004)
However, Disgaea is more than just "good if you like that sort of thing" - it's one of the best titles the PS2 has seen to date, and although its strength lies in depth, longevity and gameplay rather than in artistry and atmosphere, it still deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder with ICO in the rankings of "the best games you've never played". Even if turn-based strategy isn't your thing, Disgaea is a game you should at least try out; as the pinnacle of the genre, post-Final Fantasy Tactics, and as possibly the most engrossing videogame you'll ever play.
PlayStation (Jul 26, 2004)
Wow! Abgesehen von der wenig imposanten Grafik ist Disgaea ein wahr gewordener Traum für alle Fans anspruchsvoller Rundenstrategie. Die Spielbalance ist nahezu perfekt und die verschiedenen Ebenen der Charakterentwicklung sind wunderschön ineinander verzahnt. Doch leider dauert es ein wenig, bis man das ganze taktische Potzenzial aller Spielebenen verinnerlicht hat. Und auch wenn die Steuerung denkbar einfach ist, werden Einsteiger mit dem riesengroßen Wust an Möglichkeiten zu sehr erschlagen, um das Spiel wirklich genießen zu können – zumal das Handbuch zwar viel erklärt, aber auch viel offen lässt. Wer sich aber auf das witzige Abenteuer mit Laharl und seinen Freunden einlässt, wird weit über 100 Stunden gefordert und sehr gut unterhalten. Kurzum: Disgaea ist eines dieser berühmt-berüchtigten Spiele, das einen nicht mehr loslässt und mit Schlafentzug erschöpft im Sessel zurücklässt.
PlayStation 2Random Access (Nov 25, 2011)
Have I covered every little aspect of Disgaea? No, I have not. That would be rather time-consuming, as there are many smaller nuggets of charm that would take me ages to convey. I have to nap sometime, you know. But the main message I want to get across is that Disgaea is a unique entry amongst the many tactical RPGs out there and definitely not one that should be ignored simply for its odd nature. Behind the penguins and horse wieners lies a thorough and rewarding journey. It's more than your average game, and it's definitely worth checking out, Considering it was part of the PlayStation 2's Greatest Hits lineup, it shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. Play on, dood!
PlayStation 2Quebec Gamers (Jun 02, 2004)
Encore une fois, Atlus transmet à l'Amérique un blockbuster japonais de Nippon Ichi (reconnus pour la série Marl). C'est bien heureux car Disgaea: Hour of Darkness est définitivement un titre à ne pas manquer.
PlayStation 2RPGFan (Sep 03, 2003)
While not earth-shattering or ground-breaking, Disgaea is most definitely fun and entertaining. It is chock full of wisecracks and rude jokes, along with some foreseeable happenings, but a fair amount of unexpected ones. In short: this is a good game. It is most certainly worth everyone's time, especially those with a love for Strategy RPGs.
PlayStation 2PlayFrance (May 28, 2004)
En conclusion, Disgaea est un excellent Tactical. Offrant des possibilités inédites lors des combats et un nombre incalculable de tactiques, le jeu promet de vous scotcher durant des dizaines d’heures devant votre écran. Graphiquement mignon, disposant d’une bande son agréable, d’un scénario loufoque et d’une jouabilité accessible, Disgaea ne peut laisser personne indifférent. Même s’il est resté en anglais, l’on pardonnera très vite ce défaut mineur pour enfin accueillir avec joie un jeu de ce genre en Europe. Merci Nippon Ichi !
PlayStation 2JustPressPlay (Feb 13, 2007)
This is a great game if you can find it. It’s funny and has lots ofcharm and lasting appeal. There aren’t many games that encourage you totake advantage of all the little glitches and that offer a fresh worldand characters. If you love strategy RPGs then pick this game up.Guaranteed fun.
PlayStation 2Gamezine (Oct 10, 2004)
En conclusion, Disgaea reste une œuvre majeure que chaque fan de RPG-Tactic se doit de posséder dans sa ludothèque ! Nous pouvons remercier Koei de voir ce chef-d’œuvre arriver dans nos contrées, espérons que les autres RPG de la firme (La Pucelle : Tactics et Phantom Brave) viendront à frapper à nos portes…
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Aug 28, 2003)
Overall, despite the few shortcomings, Disgaea is highly-addictive and fun to play, especially if you like character and party building. It offers a lot more flexibility and freedom in playing style than other RPGs of its kind. Best of all (or maybe not), it feels like the kind of game that you can just play and play forever. I thought I had totally burnt myself out, playing for over four hours a day for over a week. I wondered if it was possible to ruin a game by playing it too much. But 60 hours in, I still want more.
PlayStation (Jun 22, 2004)
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is a difficult game to describe with only one word. I should know, I’ve spent the past two days trying to discover a proper adjective. After loudly and repeatedly swearing at my thesaurus, I have finally found the perfect word for the game, even though I am loathe to use it in polite conversation: cute. Yes, I know, this is one of the most uncouth words to ever make its way into a game review. Before you break out the straightjacket, though, let me show you something. According to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, “cute” means, “1 a : clever or shrewd often in an underhanded manner b : IMPERTINENT, SMART-ALECKY.”
PlayStation 2Game Over Online (Sep 09, 2003)
Overall, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is an original and refreshing take on the strategy RPG sub-genre. The near limitless play potential makes this game a godsend for obsessive, compulsive fans of this style of play, and the ocean deep gameplay ensures that there is always something new to do. Diehard tactical RPG fan or not, you’d still do well to check this game out.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Aug 25, 2003)
"Really something" is maybe the right way to describe Disgaea overall. It's a game that's unorthodox above all else, and filled with plenty of cheeky humor, some likable characters, a number of intriguing gameplay elements, and a many, many hours of turn-based combat. This is one of those games that could literally last you a couple of hundred hours if you let it, and if that sounds exciting rather than just plain scary, then by all means give the game a shot. Even if you don't end up leveling your characters into the hundreds or thousands, you'll still probably be glad you got as far as you did.
PlayStation 2Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Sep 29, 2003)
Disgaea’s visual and aural components may be somewhat dated, but the gameplay suffers from no such ailment. Admittedly, the high level of difficulty may make it irritating at times, but the engrossing battle and character development systems will always keep you coming back for more. Casual gamers may find the entire experience a little overwhelming, but role-playing aficionados will be hard pressed to find a deeper, more enjoyable title on the PlayStation 2.
PlayStation 2GamesCollection (Jan 22, 2008)
In conclusione Disgaea è un gioco molto ben realizzato, che chi non ama allevare guerrieri virtuali troverà ripetitivo, ma che sarà amato da tutti gli altri.
PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games (Feb 02, 2009)
All this nifty side stuff can greatly extend a game that could otherwise be beaten in “only” 25 hours. Some of the sidequests are absolutely absurd with a difficulty level which makes the main quest seem like a tutorial. One day, while I’m on my deathbed, I’m going to wonder where my life went. Before I breathe my final breath, my life will flash before my eyes and I’ll realize I’ve played too many games. Long ones with tons of replay value, like Disgaea will turn out to be the main life waster. If only all the long games I’ve played were as enjoyable as this one, then perhaps my life wouldn’t be such a waste. Alas, that’s not the case.
PlayStation 2Super Play (Sweden) (Nov, 2003)
Jag gillar Disgaea för dess lättsamma stil, som till viss mån påminner om det gamla PlayStationspelet Brave Fencer Musashiden. Jag blundar inte för dess brister, men ju mer jag tänker på dem desto mer inser jag hr lite de faktiskt spelar roll i och med att jag bara fortsätter spela, och blir kvar i underjorden timme ut och timme in. Som den demon jag är.
PlayStation 2UOL Jogos (Oct 29, 2003)
Mesmo assim, "Disgaea" é uma das mais refrescantes opções para donos de PlayStation 2 que buscam um jogo profundo, cheio de nuances, mas sem se afogar em elementos desnecessários - mas, acima de tudo, sem grandes pretensões. Mas se você prefere algo com muita ação e pouco planejamento, porém, é melhor esperar por algo mais tradicional.
PlayStation 2G4 TV: X-Play (Apr 10, 2006)
The strategy RPG has always adhered too strictly to inaccessible conventions. "Disgaea's" loose, unorthodox gameplay, plus its tongue-in-cheek attitude, is just what the genre needs. "Disgaea" will appeal even to gamers who don't enjoy strategy RPGs. Fans of the genre will enjoy it too. Visual shortcomings aside, "Disgaea" is intelligent, charming, and, most important, fun. Any RPG fan should pick up.
PlayStation 2Deeko (2004)
Disgaea is original enough and the storyline is unique enough to differentiate itself from other games in the genre. While I found the in-battle graphics to be a bit bland and the musical score a tad bit dull, the gameplay is solid. Add some very humorous dialogue and some outstanding voice acting to the already solid gameplay, and you've got the makings of a very good game. There is room for improvement, but in the end, Disgaea proves to be an entertaining and pleasurable outing.
PlayStation 2Video Game Talk (Mar 15, 2004)
Disgaea brings an interesting twist to strategy-RPG's with the item world, character system, and geosymbols. I found myself easily lost in the game. It's quite exciting and if you haven't had the chance to pick this up, I highly recommend you do so. There are countless hours for entertainment to be had!
PlayStation 2GameZone (Aug 13, 2003)
Disgaea is a turned-based strategy/RPG game for the Playstation 2. You play the role of Prince Laharl who has awakened from a two-year sleep to find out his father, King Krichevskoy, has passed away. But this isn’t an ordinary King. Krichevskoy was the King of the Underworld, and Laharl is the Prince of the dark realm. To make matters worse, Laharl learned that his father died two years ago, and his servant, Etna, has been trying desperately to awaken him. During his naptime, the dark realm has fallen into chaos, with Demons and other creatures vying for power. Prince Laharl, along with Etna (and others), must battle these forces to regain control of the Underworld.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Aug 25, 2003)
"Really something" is maybe the right way to describe Disgaea overall. It's a game that's unorthodox above all else, and filled with plenty of cheeky humor, some likable characters, a number of intriguing gameplay elements, and a many, many hours of turn-based combat. This is one of those games that could literally last you a couple of hundred hours if you let it, and if that sounds exciting rather than just plain scary, then by all means give the game a shot. Even if you don't end up leveling your characters into the hundreds or thousands, you'll still probably be glad you got as far as you did.
PlayStation 3Games Finder (Feb 24, 2013)
All in all, Disgaea is a game worth trying if you enjoy strategic turn-by-turn games. It has been received very well by critics and is sure to make you laugh with their funny conversations. The game can be replayed many times as there are many possible endings, depending on how you play the game. There is even a “joke” ending that is a result of you failing to defeat the first boss in Episode One!
PlayStation 2Legendra (Mar 20, 2007)
On pourra toujours reprocher à Disgaea d'être trop axé sur le levelling à tel point que le scénario finit par passer au second plan, ce qui paraîtra paradoxal aux habitués du genre. Cependant, le levelling n'est pas ici synonyme de répétition incessante : entre le monde des objets, la possibilité de recommencer l'aventure en conservant vos statistiques et les nombreux défis proposer en marge de la quête principale, vous en aurez pour votre argent. Disgaea, en apparence très classique, est d'un gameplay redoutable et addictif. Les batailles demandent la mise en oeuvre d'une tactique nouvelle en vertu du système de géostratégie et l'ambiance à quelque chose de rafraîchissant. Si ce n'est pas le jeu du siècle, il propose un bon nombre de nouveautés qui en font un jeu unique qui ravira ceux qui prendront un peu de temps pour en pénétrer la richesse.