I liked this games but in order to get by some boards you spend a bunch of time leveling up. And the plot is ...grr annoying at times. All I can say is if you really enjoy Vandal hearts this might help to satisfy that craving, but its not as good. The class system is cool but I found I didn't use most of anything and I didn't want to replay it after all the hours sunk into it. I would rather play Warsong(Langrisser) on my genesis. No one has been able to replicate that great game. Its Ok but just not that satisfying. Enjoy.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Fun, Improved, great for strategy fans.Aug. 31 2006
Garth T. Ogle
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Granted, Disgaea 2 won't do much for fans of the Fighting, FPS, or Action genres, but for those who love anime and strategy will have a bundle of fun.
The battle system is on the outside the same as Disgaea's, but there are some interesting and important improvements. Here are a few:
One, there is a lift+attack move (lifting a character and then attacking, like in Makai Kingdoms.)
Two: A character who was assigned to attack, but was unable to because the target they were going to attack was eliminated by another character before they could attack no longer loses their move. Instead, they get to move again instead.
Three: guns operate in a significantly different way than bows (a problem with Disgaea 1) giving them a great utility.
Four: Speed down, Def down, and other effects occur more often as a result of weapon usage, and are easier to see.
Five: Treasure chests are now a part of battle!
Six: The item bag (I'm pretty sure) is larger.
Seven: Additional battle items are available, one of them being cellular phones. (You'll have to find out what they do..)
Eight: Team attacks have become more ridiculous. (This is a good thing!)
Nine: Battle maps are much improved, and more interesting.
The game now has a really spiffy intro, (hi-res!) and maintains the same irreverent humor of the previous games. The quality, however, is on par with (actually, better than) Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
Voice acting manages to not be annoying (in many cases its very good!) And it is refreshing to play a good guy again. Laharl is obviously in the game (he is seen in the character collage art) and there are numerous references from La Pucelle Tactics, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Phantom Brave and Makai Kingdoms.
The manual lacks clarity in some places, and a lot of the graphics are still very pixely. Overall, though, its hard to beat this game for fun.
But be warned, it takes a LONG time to play.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
More of the same, and that's a good thing.Sept. 3 2006
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I am going to write this review mostly for those familiar with the original Disgaea. As such I will not get to much into the aspect of gameplay and the system of the game aside from things that have changed or are important to note. Having said that, let's begin.
The game begins in the land of Veldime, an alternate world from that of the first game, where an evil Overlord named Zenon has hidden from well, everyone. When he came into Veldime however, he placed a curse on the land that changed all humans into demons. The effects weren't all immediate as some still have several human qualities but if the curse is not reversed soon, there will be no turning back. Thus the hero Adell (oddly enough the only person unaffected by Zenon's curse) sets out to defeat the Overlord. In the opening there is an attempt to summon Zenon to Adell so he can fight him, but it goes awry and Zenon's daughter accidentally gets summoned instead. Bound to Adell by the summoning pact she has no choice but to accompany him to the castle where he intends to kill her father (albeit not without scheming a bit herself). In a nutshell, the story is good. Nothing amazing but with ample opportunity for the humor most have come to love about the original.
The only really new additions to the battles are the ability to do Stack Attacks and, if you are quick enough, throw diagnally. The basis of stack attacks are that after building the tower of aliies using the lift command, the person on the bottom of the tower still has the ability to attack. In doing so they begin passing the enemy up the tower with everyone taking a shot at him and then spiking him back to the ground. Essentially, a team attack of up to 10 characters. There have been updates to the Dark Assembly with 6 factions of Senators being introduced. And it can be easier to pass some bills if you are lucky since quite often some senators will show up to vote drunk (random vote basically) or even asleep (no vote at all). Perhaps the most entertaining addition though is felonies. You can recieve a felony for things such as power leveling, having to much hp/sp/mana, or even killing your own allies. The benifit of felonies is that on top of any stat boosts you may get, it is easier to pass proposals at the Dark Assembly, and for every felony on a character they gain 1% extra exp. This works all the way up to 300 felonies (300% exp bonus).
The game has made all the necessary additions to make the gameplay top that of the original, however in my opinion there feels like something is missing. The characters seem a bit more "by the book" and not as wonderfully absurd as the original. That and the voice acting isn't quite as good as the that of the first Disgaea (plus Etna has a new voice actress...). Despite all of that however, the game plays much better and even looks a bit smoother to boot. All in all it is a great game and a worthy sequel to an amazing game. While some may like the changes in the characters and others may not, there is no denying that the core of the game is much better than the original and will keep you addicted for just as long, if not longer.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great fun, casual RPG with humorSept. 2 2006
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Disgaea 2 is a fun, cartoony combination of RPG and tactical game. You are Adell, a young fighter, who pairs up with Rozalin in order to defeat the evil Zenon.
You build up a party of characters, including fighters, healers, and pretty much any monster type you defeat in battle. As you wander through the lands, you often find monsters to conquer. During these battles, you end up on a grid. Each character can move a certain distance per turn, to get around and behind your enemy.
In some ways the game is like a typical RPG. There is an evil main boss to conquer. There are various smaller enemies along the way. There are power-ups to collect and weapons to buy.
The graphics are not meant to be realistic or cutting edge. They are casual, cute, and fun.
Disgaea really shines in its humor. It's not meant for the really little - its characters joke about looking up girls' skirts and there are swears such as "kick their ass". Still, the game is generally very family friendly and has a ton of fun in it. Most of the villagers have been turned into demons and have quite wild personality changes. The main character - Adell - is still human. When you go around talking to the other people, one muses why Adell is still human. "Is it because he's the main character"? Rozalin, Zenon's daughter, is a very spoiled, stuck-up teen girl and her dialogue is quite funny.
Many flaws of other games have been taken care of here. When you go into shops, they have new items each time, giving you a selection to choose from that you will find interesting. You can customize new characters, creating a party that is just perfect for your gaming style.
The voices are cutesy in the traditional anime style, and the sounds fit in well with the world. The plot is fairly involved and really draws you along. Again, this isn't a dark, serious story of angst and power. It's a fun, light-hearted romp through a fun fantasy world, where you can play for a few hours, save, and pick up the story the next time you have free time.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A preliminary reviewAug. 30 2006
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Having picked up the game only today, perhaps I shouldn't review it JUST yet, since I've only played it for a couple of hours. But initial response is d@mn good.
The fact is, Disgaea 2 seems to improve in all ways on its predecessor. The story seems quite deep (I'll spoil none of what I've discovered, although you can pretty much find it all out by reading around). The graphics are better (but still not up to snuff - it's the reason I dropped the game a star). There is an incredible number of extras to the game, and the voices are much better (at least in my opinion).
No, there is no Laharl (as the main character, although I haven't given up on seeing him, or the main character of Phantom Brave, in the almost-assuredly present end dungeons), but this game (at least early on) is pretty good nonetheless. I'll try to, uhhh, review my review, as I play more, but initial observations point to many more hours wasted on this series...
Addendum: Now, having completed the main game and embarked on the subplots, I can confidently say that this game trumps the last Disgaea, and that is about the highest praise I can give it. This is an INCREDIBLE game, with layers of strategy, and plenty of power-levelling if you so desire. I only wish I could change from 4 to 5 stars overall. You cannot go wrong with this one, if only for the optional dungeons alone (which include the Dark Worlds, the Land of Carnage, a trip to Laharl, a date with Mid-Boss, and even an opening extra).
Nippon Ichi, my hat is off to you. You have made one of the best games ever.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You'll Have Fond Memories of this GameSept. 10 2006
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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