Three years ago Disgaea hit the scene and was by far one of the best games to grace the Playstation 2. Now we have Disgaea 2. Disgaea 2 follows the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," path. While Disgaea 2 is really familiar to the first one, that's not a bad thing, the first one was absolutely perfect.
Disgaea 2 does connect with the first one. So this really is a sequel. It isn't, however, a sequel that requires knowledge of the events in the first game. You may very well run into familiar characters, but on the whole, Disgaea 2 is a whole new story.
Adell is the only human in a town full of monsters and it's all the overlord Zenon's fault. He's put a curse on the town to make them all lose their memories. When Adell's mom decides to perform a ritual that will bring forth the Overlord, she instead brings forth Zenon's daughter, Rozalin. So you'll now have to venture off in search of the overlord. The best thing about Disgaea 2's storyline is the same thing that worked well with the first one. It has a perfect balance between it's moments of seriousness and humor. It's a well crafted story that isn't afraid to break the rules.
The game really plays no different from the first one. You'll go into battle and be able to do a bunch of different things. While it does play like your basic tactical RPG, it throws in some things that make it more worthwhile. Like the geopanels on the ground that if a character stands on they get special enhancements. You can also do things like have one character stand on another's shoulders. If you don't like the effects, though, you can just destroy the power source. It's not as easy as it was in the first one, however. These power sources now get up and walk around.
The game is also rather complex. Battling is no walk in the park. If you're familiar with tactical strategy games, then Disgaea 2 will be easy to learn. You'll deploy ten of your characters on battle at a time. They can perform team attacks or attack indivually. You can use this to your advantage, but your enemies also must be kept in mind. They don't slouch. They'll attack at the same time and can take your characters down pretty fast if you don't know what you're doing.
Of course, Disgaea 2 also sports some rather bizarre moments in battle just like it's prequel. For one thing, you can order a pizza in the middle of battle. This is just one of many different things you can do. Items also level up, and your characters levels will soar. It won't take you that long to complete the main storyline, but purists will find that Disgaea 2, much like the first one is almost never ending in terms of complete mastery. Your characters levels will rise far into the hundreds and even thousands. It's almost never ending. You can also replay story missions over and over, and go into optional dungeons.
Items also level up. You can go into the item world and level up your items. You can level up just about any item. Your weapons, armor... even that pizza you ordered! These moments of the game also feel never-ending at times.
Disgaea 2 pretty much looks and feels like the first one. It's simply a beautiful game. It's got spectacular artwork. It's 2D artwork, but it's some of the most beautiful in the gaming world. It also sounds really good, keeping the theme of the first game in tact. The voice acting is probably the best part. They're so lively and vibrant, and the dialogue is crafty and filled to the brim with humor. Some of the humor, mind you, is probably not suitable for your little kid. There some sexual and dirty jokes, but they're really funny.
Disgaea 2 is just an all out blast. The game, for one thing is huge. It may only take 40 hours or so to complete the main quest, but to master the game? That'll take much longer than just about any tactical RPG out there. There's so much to be done, and it's by far one of the most addicting games out there. So if you do like tactical strategy RPGs, then by all means play this game. You'll love it. If you loved the first Disgaea, you will love this game! There's no doubt about it.
+This game is huge
+Complex battle system
+Vibrant and colorful voice acting; among the best in gaming
-The only real bad thing about this game, if you can even say it's bad, is that it doesn't really go above and beyond the first Disgaea. In other words, there's not a whole lot of new content or anything like that. However, it's still a bit more original than most other tactical RPGs out there