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If you don't want to do all that, you'll still be in for a treat. Part of what distinguishes Disgaea from more run-of-the-mill SRPGs is its wicked sense of humor, which makes just unveiling the story a treat. Wait until you hear Laharl rename the early boss, the demon Vyers, in one of the best examples of the game's wit. The PSP is seeing a real renaissance this year, and SRPG fans are reaping the benefits. Although Afternoon of Darkness does nothing to correct the often-irritating camera of the original game, it's an incredible and incredibly rewarding game that's been nothing but improved for its time on the PSP. Turn it on, take over the Netherworld, and enjoy playing the hell out of your PSP.
Time does the best job of muffling hyperbole but today, years after we first encountered Disgaea, we still feel like shouting from the rooftops. That Nippon Ichi has worked so much love and care into this update is admirable. The effort was worth it: for fans that have long clamoured for a PSP title from the company (something many of you were doing in the comments section for our Disgaea 2 review) it's a nigh on perfect package. Compulsive, missing-your-stop-because-you're-so-engrossed gaming, you'll sit down for a quick go to find that an hour of darkness has stretched into much more than an afternoon.
With a myriad of options through character creation, and a new twist on tactical combat with the "geo-system", this may be one of the foremost MUST-HAVE games for the PSP this year. Anyone into RPGs of any type absolutely, positively, imperatively has to play this game. The game just does not stop, ever! With the item world looming in your mind, the gigantic main quest line, the Dark Assembly, and the fact that there is New Game+ and Etna mode (Laharl never makes a true appearance and Etna must dive into the adventure herself) to play through, this game will become one of those amazing pick-up-and-play games that you can keep forever and never become bored with.
Even after playing the original over four years ago, Disgaea still feels exceptional because no one else seems to be able to make a strategy RPG as absorbing as Nippon Ichi have managed to do. It’s full of love and love that needs to be bought. It might be a little off-putting at first for people who have never touched a game like this before, but sticking with it will surely pay off as you find yourself pulled into a game full of laughter, wackiness and characters you’ll come to adore. You’ll be wondering where the hours have gone when your PSP battery is flashing for a recharge. As for people who played the hell out of the first one, this is the perfect version and is still worth your time, just for the new Etna mode and new bosses featured. Plus I’m sure that you wouldn’t mind playing through the game again because you know how good it is already.
"Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness" chega ao PSP com sua narrativa bem humorada, personagens carismáticos e um modo de jogo complexo e apaixonante. Ainda que possua pequenos problemas presentes no original, como a rotação da câmera, suas melhorias e extras (que incluem até uma nova história) transformam-no em um pacote irresistível e um dos melhores jogos para a plataforma.
The addition of Etna Mode, which tells an alternate story through new scenarios, is enough to make playing through Disgaea again more than worth your time. Rarely does a strategy game deliver such pure, unadulterated fun.
Selbst über drei Jahre nach seiner europäischen Erstveröffentlichung hat Disgaea nichts von seiner Faszination eingebüßt. Ganz im Gegenteil: Die taktischen Kämpfe können mit ihrem vieldimensionalen Tiefgang auch heutzutage immer noch den Vergleich mit der Konkurrenz aufnehmen - und das systemübergreifend. Selbst die Kulisse, die bereits vor drei Jahren antiquiert wirkte und mit ihren zweidimensionalen Sprites einen spartanischen Eindruck hinterlässt, hat noch ihren eigenwilligen Charme. Da die enorme Funktionsvielfalt etwas Einarbeitungszeit benötigt, möchten wir Strategieanfängern aber eine kleine Warnung aussprechen. Dass die Kamera mit ihren 90-Grad-Schritten nach all der Zeit immer noch eher suboptimal arbeitet und immer wieder Figuren verdeckt, ist bedenklich, kann den Spielspaß aber nicht gefährden. Danke Nippon Ichi, dass ihr ein Juwel des Taktik-Rollenspiels jetzt auch für unterwegs anbietet.
Disgaea Afternoon of Darkness is without question the best SRPG on the PSP. This is one of the most well made ports to appear on the PSP but with the new features it is worth checking out again. Fans of Disgaea must pick this title up for Etna Mode and too have this eternal classic SRPG title on the go. With a deep single-player mode covering over 13 episodes, over 120 characters to create, and tons of customization, this game will keep you busy. People looking for the next big PSP game, this is it.
S'il fallait décrire Disgaea : Afternoon of Darkness en un seul mot, ce serait : magique. Un univers coloré, des dialogues hilarants, une prise en main immédiate, un système de combat complet et des possibilités énormes dans la façon de gérer son équipe, bref, du Disgaea comme on l'aime. Si vous connaissez la franchise, le jeu devrait déjà être dans votre PSP, si cet univers vous est totalement inconnu et que la stratégie vous tente, vous ne risquez absolument rien à vous le procurer.
Once you have beaten the game you will probably agree that Disgaea on the PSP is quite a long and wordy experience, and is probably hard to get into for those unfamiliar with the genre. However, hardcore RPGers who missed it the first time around will relish the deep possibilities and the engaging story. If anything the slightly repetitive battles are the game's biggest downfall. The sprite-based graphics are also slightly dated, but on the small screen are more than passable. If you like your Japanese RPGs and have a lot of time to spend to get the most from the game, it comes highly recommended.
If you have not figured it out by now, I love Disgaea. It is a fantastic game and one of my favorite strat-RPGs (next to Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre). The story has fun and highly animated characters, and offers an engaging storyline with solid production values. The actual game play is insanely addictive. While it can get very repetitive, there is still a lot to do with the story mode, Item World, Dark Assembly, etc. to keep the game play fresh. There are always new items to find, skills to master, character classes to obtain, and so on. As for this PSP port, it is very well done. The controls, while awkward at first, turn out to feel natural with time. The game's load times are manageable and will not interfere with game play (a very big plus!). Overall, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness is an awesome game that is a must for every PSP owner.
It's hard to believe a tiny UMD disc can pack this much game. If you're feeling lazy, Afternoon will generously let you off the hook with its main 50+ hour quest, but if you want to see it all, it'll happily heap on the portable play with its multiple side quests and alternate play modes. If you're still not cowering under all this gaming goodness, then you can also hook-up with a friend in ad-hoc battle modes. In addition to its colorful anime-inspired visual presentation, Afternoon's chock-full package is complemented by evocative audio, perfectly suiting this Netherworld-based romp. If any flaws can be called it would be the game's sometimes unforgiving camera control; the isometric view coupled with limited camera movement means you'll occasionally be fighting to get all the action on screen. Apart from that, and the steep learning curve that'll have newcomers reeling, this one's a must-have for PSP owners with a penchant for losing themselves in strategic, turn-based RPGs.