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The Review Busters (Oct, 2008)
Disgaea DS is the latest reissue of the original Disgaea game. By utilizing the Nintendo DS Disgaea is fitting right at home on this double screen portable console. The game is still terrific after all these years. Strategy RPG fans should pick this one up right away, this game is a gem among the DS collection.
Worth Playing (Nov 06, 2008)
This really, truly is Disgaea, stripped of its stationary roots and shoved onto a tiny cartridge without missing a step. Everything about this title will appeal to the gamer who's been intrigued by the strategy genre, but been too put off by how dire and dramatic it can be. While the depth of gameplay is nearly endless, enough of the content is purely optional that anyone from an absolute neophyte to a seasoned master can pick it up and get everything that they want. Countless hours of gameplay, moments that will make you laugh out loud, and a spotless port of what could have been the best strategy game ever made (if Final Fantasy Tactics had never existed) make Disgaea DS a must-buy for just about anyone who owns a Nintendo DS or faces the prospect of getting one for the upcoming holiday season.
Nintendojo (Oct, 2008)
Regardless of Disgaea DS’s unbridled insanity, Nippon Ichi deserves a lot of credit for squeezing such a sizeable game into such a small package. The loss of much of the voice work is tragic, but the addition of the Prinny Commentary and extra characters is an adequate exchange. Considering the sheer size of Disgaea DS, it is possibly the best value on the DS for hardcore RPG junkies and, for those with greater sanity, is at least worth checking out for the hilarious characters and story.
Pocket Gamer UK (Apr 09, 2009)
Still, we're splitting hairs. Despite some shortcomings of this DS version compared to PSP incarnation, Disgaea retains its near-legendary brilliance, and with any luck will succeed in reaching an even wider audience thanks to the astonishing popularity of Nintendo's hardware.
UOL Jogos (Oct 02, 2008)
"Disgaea DS" demorou para chegar ao portátil da Nintendo, mas espera valeu. Apesar de alguns gráficos mais simples, é basicamente o mesmo jogo lançado no Playstation 2, com direito aos extras do PSP, uma vitória diante das maiores limitações do hardware. Com um grande senso de humor, personagens cativantes e uma mecânica complexa, é um título que mantém a atenção por muitas horas, sem ficar velho ou repetitivo, diante da grande quantidade do vasto e dinâmico conteúdo disponível. Sem dúvida, é um dos mais viciantes e divertidos jogos da biblioteca do console, obrigatório para todos aqueles que curtem estratégia e animação japonesa.
Jeuxvideo.com (Apr 14, 2009)
Sous ses apparences de remake, Disgaea DS n'en conserve pas moins toutes les qualités de son aîné même si du coup, il délaisse les possibilités de la portable de Nintendo. Dispensant malgré tout divers ajouts comme une traduction française (alléluia !!), il est tout de même dommage que Nippon Ichi n'ait résolu aucun des problèmes de caméra ou d'IA. Cependant, on y trouve également un scénario bonus, quelques options supplémentaires en cours de jeu dont un brouillard de guerre ainsi qu'un mode Multijoueur pour deux personnes afin de combattre ou échanger des objets. En somme, impossible de passer à côté de ce Disgaea qui reste plus que jamais un indispensable du genre sur DS.
IGN (Sep 22, 2008)
Disgaea might be the deepest experience available for your DS. If I were stranded on an island with my DS and just one game, this would be it. There are enough game mechanics and features here to make your head spin -- more than I could get into in this review. The bottom line is this is one of the greatest strategy games ever made. You can get lost in here. The story is overflowing with humor and personality, and the artwork is beautiful. Disgaea is a little too hardcore for some, but if you're a fan of the genre you should check it out. Even if you played the original game, you might find yourself falling in love all over again. It's not as pretty as Final Fantasy Tactics A2 -- A2 was made for the DS, and Disgaea is a PlayStation 2 port being forced into this dual-screen design. It's still a terrific game, but the two screens haven't been used to their best advantage. Now I really want to see NIS make an original Disgaea game for DS.
RPGFan (Sep 22, 2008)
As I said in my PSP review, there are always two questions asked when discussing a game that's a port: should you buy it again if you have played it before, and should you play it now if you didn't before? If you played Disgaea on the PSP, I really don't feel that the Prinny Commentary and second screen add enough to justify buying it again, but if you haven't played it since the original version, it's a great game that's well worth another purchase. If you've never played it before, you've been missing out on a game that combines addictive, deep gameplay with a good plot and a great sense of humor.
4Players.de (Apr 16, 2009)
Die Plattform, die sich eigentlich am ehesten für Strategie-Rollenspiele zu eignen scheint, wird als letztes bedient. Doch die Wartezeit hat sich gelohnt: Mit Disgaea DS bekommen jetzt, gut fünf Jahre nach Erstveröffentlichung, auch Stylus-Strategen die Gelegenheit, dieses Genre-Schwergewicht genießen zu können - endlich. Sicherlich: Es handelt sich unter dem Strich nur um das leicht erweiterte Remake eines veraltet scheinenden Titels. Und mit dem nur unzureichend genutzten oberen Bildschirm sowie der immer wieder ungenauen Stylus-Steuerung auf den isometrischen Schlachtfeldern wussten die Entwickler die systemspezifischen Eigenheiten nicht komplett auszunutzen. Dennoch: Disgaea DS strotzt nur so vor Tiefgang und miteinander verzahnten Inhalten, dass einem schwindelig wird. Humor, Rollenspiel-Elemente und taktischer Anspruch können nach wir vor faszinieren – selbst, wenn man bereits Hunderte von Stunden mit den anderen Versionen verbracht hat.
Extreme Gamer (Oct 17, 2008)
Disgaea is one of the most original and fun tactical role-playing games ever released; and now Nintendo DS owners get a chance to experience the joy of Disgaea that made it a cult hit. If you haven’t played Disgaea before and you feel even remotely interested by this review, then you need to pick this game up. If it’s been a while since you’ve jumped into the Netherworld through the PS2 you might want to consider the portable nature of the DS along with all the extra content that has been added to the DS version. Disgaea is time tested, highly addictive and a must buy for gamers who enjoy strategic role-playing games.
Game Vortex (Oct, 2008)
Disgaea DS is a good game because Disgaea on PS2 was a good game too. It would take a lot to ruin this game, but this version is very well done. While this isn't the "de facto" version of the game, it is still good enough if you are the type of gamer that needs your strategy RPG on the go. I hope that NIS is done porting this great game. I would much rather see a fresh new take on the wonderful world of Disgaea than to have to play the same game again on another device.
GameZone (Oct 27, 2008)
One interesting gameplay mechanic is the geocube. They are cubes that rest on the board and have certain attributes for the other players. Maybe it says “Defense +5” and it’s resting on a blue square. Anyone on a blue square across the battleground will gain that perk. There is a complex strategy involved with the cubes because you can either destroy them (sending explosions across the corresponding tiles) and opt out of their buffs, or use them to your advantage.
ZTGameDomain (Oct, 2008)
Disgaea DS is probably the most feature-rich experience currently on the system. There is a nearly endless amount of content to sift through and the story and combat system are so well refined you cannot help but enjoy it, if you can get past the learning curve that is. There is also a wireless multi-player mode for two players, but game sharing is not available so you will both need your own cartridge to play. There are nine maps and you can use your party from the single player game however, you will not gain new items or level up during multi-player. Overall Disgaea DS is more than worth the price of admission for fans of the series and newcomers alike. If you enjoy turn-based strategy games and are feeling the need for some action on-the-go there are few better than Nippon Ichi's latest.
Gamer 2.0 (Oct 07, 2008)
Disgaea DS, just like the rest of the games, features all kinds of replay value because of the many unlockable characters (including the Overlord), alternate endings, Etna mode, and much more. Your first playthrough can take anywhere between 30-50 hours depending on how fast you learn things, and that can easily double depending on how much time you spend at the dark assembly. While the graphics and sound may leave much to be desired, since just about no changes have been made, the game still features a user-friendly presentation that even a beginning strategy RPG fan can get into, making it the best strategy RPG available for the DS so far. If you still haven’t gotten into the Disgaea series, now is the time especially with the $30 price tag because you get a lot more than what you’re paying for.
Cheat Code Central (Oct, 2008)
Disgaea DS is an SPRG-fan's dream; it's got incredible customization options, the potential for hundreds of hours of gameplay, and a unique and varied job system. If you like strategy games, Disgaea is a wonderful series. That said, Disgaea DS is the third release of a single game, and it's becoming difficult to reconcile the game's awesomeness with that fact. This title doesn't offer enough to make it worth it to those who've already played the first Disgaea game on the PS2 or PSP, but if you've not yet played this game, than picking up Disgaea DS is a must.
Cubed3 (Apr 11, 2009)
The amount of content included in Disgaea DS is staggering. Not only are the game's core mechanics solid, innovative, and insanely addictive, but there's enough post-game content to consume hundreds of hours of your life if you so desire. New Game+ is something of a given, but that's really only the tip of the iceberg. If you love strategy role-playing games but have never had the chance to play Afternoon/Hour of Darkness, this could be one of the best investments you ever make.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Apr 22, 2009)
It seems churlish to consider these negatives as too important in the grand scheme of things though, and anyone who has yet to sample the joys of Disgaea can happily disregard them. The core game remains an absolute gem; a deep and immersive masterpiece of interlocking gameplay design. It's just a shame that having set such a wonderfully high standard back in 2003, the Disgaea series now seems to be more interested in reliving past glories than building on them.
Perhaps it sounds like I'm nitpicking, and perhaps I am, but imagine being taken in by a game that you can quite literally sink an infinite amount of hours into and still have something different to do if you so wish, but having to do so with a control scheme as streamlined as the entire continent of Africa. Disgaea DS doesn't play up to DS strengths and, in a bizarre twist, manages to take what makes the system unique and warp it into a flaw. The blueprints of a fantastic game remain present and correct, and no amount of clumsy can truly muddy that up, but there are better ways to experience the game, and I think it's important to voice that. It wouldn't be much of a Disgaea review otherwise.
gameZine (UK) (Apr 08, 2009)
Series first-timers will find plenty to enjoy here, with multiple hours worth of complex, thoughtful battles and a playful, if under-developed narrative. Veterans of the series will likely see no harm in coming back to the one that started it all, which now has the added benefit of fitting snugly in your back pocket.
GamePro (US) (Sep 23, 2008)
Amazingly, almost all of the voice acting from the PSP version has been kept in tact, albeit with a slight reduction in sound quality. Also, it goes without saying that Disgaea has some of the most beautiful sprite-based graphics on the DS. The only real place that Disgaea took a hit was in its backgrounds, where the lower resolution is definitely evident. Even with its minor limitations, Disgaea DS remains a great time for fans of turn-based strategy. If you haven't picked up a copy of Disgaea previously, be sure to give the DS version a try.
GamesRadar (Sep 26, 2008)
While we knocked the game’s graphics before, they seem more appropriate on the DS than, let’s say, Disgaea on the freakin’ PS3. The game also feels better on a handheld. Power leveling is considerably more bearable when you can play a short five to 10-minute battle as you ride the bus, train, or toilet seat. Because of this, the handheld versions are arguably better games than the original. In other words, don’t make this the third time you passed on Disgaea. NIS is running out of systems to port to.
GameSpot (Sep 30, 2008)
Disgaea DS is chock-full of fanfare as well as a surprising amount of depth and strategic play in a convenient handheld package, and it offers a great way to experience this unique strategy RPG.
Kombo.com (Oct 13, 2008)
Overall, the DS version is not the definitive version of this title. If you own a PSP, get that edition to have the must satisfying and engaging Disgaea experience. However, if you only have a DS, then this version will satisfy you plenty. With the core gameplay intact and every key element that makes the game a pleasure still there, this is a solid DS pickup.
Still, the content is amazing and the strategic gameplay is intact. This is a slightly inferior version of an awesome game, which makes it a pretty good offering on Nintendo's handheld.
Game Shark (Oct 17, 2008)
Disgaea DS throws the title onto a new platform, but it loses none of what made it so excellent in the first place. The gameplay is still deep and addicting, the story and subsequent writing are still fantastic, and the characters are some of the most memorable in recent RPGs. For those who own a DS and have never given the series an honest go before, there is no longer an excuse to not try one of the greatest gaming experiences of all time. Unfortunately, those of us who have already played with Laharl and Co. two previous times will find little to no reason to re-purchase the title—unless it’s a gift for a friend to get them familiarity with the franchise. If that’s the case, purchase away.
RPGamer (Sep, 2008)
There is very little to recommend this game to one who has already drawn full pleasure from Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness. It's the same game, plus four bonus characters. Newcomers and those who've only scratched the surface of the original Disgaea are advised to check this one out. While the new features aren't revolutionary, they make it easier to enjoy a quality game from the near-past.
Gaming Nexus (Nov 20, 2008)
Disgaea on DS is still a solid adventure and it works great in a portable medium, but again the limited DS cart size has caused the game to lose some of its audio and graphical fidelity in exchange for touch sensitive controls which are for the most part serviceable. If you've already got Disgaea on the PSP then you really don't have a reason to pick this one up.
1UP (Oct 07, 2008)
Don't get me wrong. The solidly designed, intertwined game features in Disgaea DS should be enough for some strategy-RPG fanatics who somehow have yet to encounter this game in one of its previous iterations. And the wacky plot will probably get some players to stick with it even if they don't love the gameplay. But for those like myself who are looking for a balance between the two, something just doesn't add up.

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