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Hey, you got some Disgaea in my Demon Gaze


Vita RPG gets Disgaea character DLC
Feb 27
// Dale North
Upcoming (and nice-looking!) Vita RPG Demon Gaze will see a DLC release that brings characters from teh world of Disgaea into the fold. Free DLC downloads will let you add Disgaea characters like Etna, Flonne, Sicily, Asagi, ...
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Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited gets summer launch on Vita


More content, more portable, more Prinnies, probably!
Feb 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is slated to bring its unique brand of tactical role-playing goodness to PlayStation Vita in North America and Europe sometime this summer, according to NIS America. Initially released on P...
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Disgaea 4 Vita

Disgaea 4 Return gets a debut Vita trailer


Portables are perfect for this series
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Disgaea 4 is coming to the Vita in the form of Disgaea 4 Returns, and you can get a quick look at what's on offer in this new trailer from developer NIS. The franchise's signature style is all here, including Prinny costumes...

New releases: Beyond, Pokemon X/Y, Disgaea

Oct 07 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Xbox 360: Capcom Essentials, Just Dance 2014, Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Let's Sing and Dance, Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition PS3: Beyond: Two Souls, Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, Capcom Essentials, Just Dance 2014, Atomic Ninjas, Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition, Orc Attack Wii U: Just Dance 2014 Wii: Just Dance 2014 PC: F1 2013, Gas Guzzlers Extreme, Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition, Farming Simulator 2013 Titanium Edition, Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition 3DS: Pokemon X, Pokemon Y PS Vita: Atomic Ninjas, Worms Revolution Extreme, Malicious Rebirth Just Dance 2014 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii) [embed]263182:50805:0[/embed] Dishonored: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) [embed]263182:50807:0[/embed] Beyond: Two Souls (PS3) [embed]263182:50808:0[/embed] Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3) [embed]263182:50809:0[/embed]
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Plus Borderlands 2 and Dishonored Game of the Year editions
It's here! It's finally here! Pokemon X and Y is out this week for the 3DS and it's pretty much going to be the only thing anyone talks about leading up to the next-gen consoles. Oh, Beyond: Two Souls is also out this week. ...

Review: Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

Oct 07 // Chris Carter
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3)Developer: Nippon Ichi SoftwarePublisher: Nippon Ichi SoftwareReleased: October 8, 2013 (NA) / September 27 (EU)MSRP: $49.99 If you've never played a Disgaea game before, the focus is decidedly on nonsensical fun, with a touch of anime-style insanity. Disgaea's trademark humor is back, including Etna's anime interludes, Prinny debauchery, and other silly sideshows. The voice acting ranges from over the top to top notch, and if there's any downside to D2's presentation, it's that the game assumes you already know the characters inside and out -- so if you haven't played the first one, either seek it out or read about the main characters a bit before you dive in. Tonally, D2 is also in a different spot. Whereas the first game had a story that was nonsensical as well, there were a few brief moments that hit hard and touched on concepts like sacrifice, morality, and death -- with a few surprises along the way. There's basically none of that in D2. Instead, you'll experience more craziness, like Laharl turning into a girl, or Laharl finding his long-lost angelic sister. But so long as you're not expecting some earth-shattering revelations, all of that silliness is totally worth watching, and it's in the spirit of the franchise -- in a good way. As is the case with previous games in the franchise, Disgaea isn't exactly on what you'd call the cutting edge of visuals. Although the character designs (both new and old) are top-notch stuff, the actual in-game models leave much to be desired, especially near the end of the PS3's lifecycle. It's all pretty low-tech, but thankfully the interface is still as sleek and as effective as ever, so you shouldn't have much trouble navigating your way into any of the game's hundreds of options. Disgaea D2 is a strategy RPG (SRPG) through and through, as battles take place on a grid-like board in a turned-based fashion. But instead of taking turns individually, the way Disgaea works is you take turns as a team, then the entire AI side goes. So basically, you can plan out each and every move for your entire party, and take it all back, initiate every action at once, or use the "execute" menu option to only queue up certain abilities. It's an easy to understand yet complex system that really makes the combat sequences in Disgaea special, since you need to learn how to plan out everything at once. In short, everything you do could potentially combine with something else whether that's a team attack or just a matter of positioning that varies with every skirmish. The key to Disgaea is that you need to think about almost every individual move you make -- especially on some of the more difficult boss battles. With that said, D2 is probably one of the easiest games in the franchise to pick up mechanically, as it's all laid out to you in the very beginning in a comprehensive tutorial. The only problem is the story jumps in assuming you already know the characters, making for a somewhat jarring juxtaposition. Customization is king in Disgaea, and it's just as lively in D2. Using a tool called the Dark Assembly, you can create your own custom party right after the tutorial, and pretty much roll the exact way you want to. If you're keen on creating a ton of weak fighters to help set up combos -- that's cool. If you want to create a select few powerful casters first or attempt a more defensive strategy, that's cool too. You can also set up your party to be apprentices to certain classes and characters, learning their master's abilities in the process, and creating hybrids. New to D2, you can also raise party affinity levels (which are referred to as "likeability" levels) to connect them to certain party members for added bonuses. Mounting creatures and riding them around is a new feature, which isn't as fun as it sounds outside of a few test runs. Although, it finally does carve a niche for monsters that really wasn't as sound as before, and it's far superior to the Magichange system of previous games. You can also change the game the way you want to, like raising or lowering experience or currency rates. Although this was always an option to an extent, D2 takes it to an extreme, with a mechanic called the "Cheat Shop." The concept of the Disgaea series is pretty simple -- if you can dream it within the confines of an SRPG shell, you can do it. Various mechanics from past games are pretty much all here, like the ability to combo attacks when next to each other. Geo Panels also return from the old games, adding a puzzle element to the proceedings, coloring different pieces of the grid with different modifiers like "enemies do 50% extra damage when on green tiles." Throwing returns as well, which allows you to create stacks of characters and reach areas you otherwise wouldn't be able to while walking. Again, character placement is key. The Item World returns, and like other entries' iterations of the concept, it doesn't disappoint. As one of the wackiest concepts to ever grace gaming, every single item has a "world" that you can give into, with a certain amount of "floors" in it. As you progress to each floor, your item will become stronger. When combined with the ability to "reincarnate" and start all over from level one (with a certain degree of prior stats) and raising the difficulty by way of the Dark Assembly to the maximum, the race for level 9999 and top item levels can result in hundreds of hours of gameplay. As a result of its mixed messages, Disgaea D2 is in an odd spot. It's a tad easier than previous games, but it also unmistakeably requires a good amount of series knowledge to really get into it and appreciate the characters. But I do have good news -- if you want more Disgaea, this delivers. Even if you've skipped every single iteration since the first, you can jump right into D2 like nothing ever happened, and enjoy it all the same.
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It's Disgaea, dood
I've been playing tactical games since the NES, but there was something about the Disgaea franchise that really resonates with me. Offering up a ridiculous level of customization and refinement, Disgaea sat upon a pedestal in...

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New Vita RPG

Disgaea 4 director working on new Vita RPG


More RPGs on the Vita? Sure!
Sep 30
// Chris Carter
You want more RPGs on your Vita? Your wish is granted! In addition to Phantasy Star Nova, Natural Doctrine, and a number of other games, Idea Factory is teaming up with the director of Disgaea 4 (Masahiro Yamamoto) for a bran...
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Disgaea 4 Vita

Disgaea 4 will hit the PlayStation Vita in 2014 in Japan


Valvatorez rides again
Sep 12
// Chris Carter
For those of you who have been waiting for the inevitable Vita version of Disgaea 4, you may not have to wait much longer. Siliconera is reporting that the enhanced game -- titled Disgaea 4 Returns -- will be hitting Sony's ...
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Disgaea D2 DLC

La Pucelle is invading Disgaea D2 in the form of DLC


Priere and Eclair join the fray
Aug 23
// Chris Carter
Disgaea D2 is all set for a September release in Europe (October in North America), but it's already been out in Japan for quite some time, racking up a fair bit of DLC characters. The latest batch of units to join the battle...
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Disgaea D2

Phantom Brave characters and more coming to Disgaea D2


Also, The Witch and the Hundred Knights
Jul 26
// Chris Carter
NIS is no stranger to bringing cross-franchise characters to the Disgaea series, and Disgaea D2 is no exception. Fans of the classic SRPG Phantom Brave (one of my favorites!) will be pleased to know that Marona and Ash are c...
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Disgaea D2

Disgaea D2 is still looking suitably wacky


Laharl and the gang are ready to rock
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
NIS has a new English trailer for Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, and it shows off a fair bit of gameplay, art, and even voice acting. You'll get an introduction to the game's cast and their personalities, as well as some o...
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Disgaea 4 Vita

Disgaea 4 is coming to the PlayStation Vita in Japan


Scheduled for a January release as 'Disgaea 4 Return'
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
Rejoice Valvatorez fans, as Disgaea 4 is officially headed to the PlayStation Vita this January in Japan as Disgaea 4 Return. Following suit with every core game in the series that's either rocked the DS, PSP, ...
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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkess has a set launch date


September 27th in Europe, and October 8th in North America
Jul 10
// Chris Carter
NIS has finally confirmed a release date for the overseas version of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness, and it's coming in September and October in Europe and North America respectively. The game comes with a few upgrades to th...
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Disgaea D2

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness brings the... Bomberman?


Monster ride system introduces more quirky attack animations
Jun 11
// Jayson Napolitano
NIS America took some time today to show us the "piggyback" or "monster ride" system in this Disgaea sequel where characters can mount non-humanoid characters and unleash some devastating (and often comical) attacks. One such...
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Mugen Souls hits PlayStation Network next week


Cool, dood!
May 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Mugen Souls is going digital on PlayStation Network this Tuesday, NIS America has announced. A role-playing game developed by Compile Heart, the story follows a goddess by the name of Chou-Chou in her quest to conquer the uni...
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Disgaea 3 free

Disgaea 3 is free later today on PlayStation Plus


Also, Square-Enix and THQ sales
Mar 26
// Chris Carter
The enhanced Vita port of Disgaea 3, Absence of Detention, will be free later today on PlayStation Plus. If you need some background on the game, you play as a demon who wants to overthrow his Overlord father for destroying h...
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PS Plus

Spec Ops, Joe Danger 2, & more now free to PS Plus users


Plus The Cave, Tekken 6, and Disgaea 3
Mar 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
PlayStation Plus subscribers just got a buttload of games thrown at them with this weeks months additions to the service. Spec Ops: The Line, Joe Danger 2: The Movie, and The Cave are all now free to play on the PlayStation 3...
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Flonne!!!!!

The Disgaea D2 trailers get crazier and crazier


First Laharl, now Etna and Flonne get their promo
Feb 28
// Chris Carter
Disgaea Dimension 2, which is coming to the US this year, has released another promo video. It's very similar to another trailer that was released not long ago, but this one features Japanese voice overs from Etna and Flonne...
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NIS news blowout

NIS announces three RPGs for release this year


Disgaea Dimension 2, The Guided Fate Paradox, and Time and Eternity
Feb 22
// Chris Carter
Today is an amazing day for NIS fans, as Disgaea Dimension 2: A Brighter Darkness, The Guided Fate Paradox, and Time and Eternity have all been officially announced for a Fall, Fall, and Summer international release respecti...
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Disgaea D2 wacky trailer

This Disgaea Dimension 2 trailer is sufficiently insane


Go Laharl!
Feb 21
// Chris Carter
As if the mere mention of Laharl's return with a brand new proper Disgaea game wouldn't be enough to excite me in the first place -- this new Laharl-centric trailer has be yearning to play Dimension 2. You'll see a ton of ga...
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Disgaea Item World

Disgaea ditches the Item World for the Item Sea in D2


Shiver me timbers!
Feb 19
// Chris Carter
According to a report from Siliconera, it appears as if Disgaea Dimension 2 will change a mechanic that's been a part of the franchise from the beginning -- the item world. The Item World is basically a way for people to grin...
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Disgaea D2 screenshots

Check out these hot new Disgaea D2 screenshots


Wackiness ensues
Feb 06
// Chris Carter
A bunch of awesome new screenshots are out and about for the upcoming strategy RPG Disgaea D2, the newest Disgaea iteration for the PlayStation 3 due out this year. Amongst many wacky situations, Laharl and the gang are rocki...
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Disgaea 2

Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories comes to PSN today


Cool, dood!
Jan 22
// Kyle MacGregor
Because you spent every waking moment gorging on Disgaea: Hour of Darkness since its digital re-release on last week, NIS America is dishing out seconds. Tactical role-playing game Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories&nb...
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Old people rule!

86-year-old woman loves gaming, plays Disgaea


Gamer for 40 years, has SRGP chops
Jan 22
// Dale North
I love 86-year-old gamer Hilda Knott because she is one of us. This BBC clip on her shows that she plays real games -- not Facebook social and mobile crap -- and has real gamer cred. Not Solitaire, but Grand Theft Auto. She p...
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Disgaea

Laharl gets...um...what...for Disgaea Dimension 2


Can't wait to see what the context is
Jan 17
// Chris Carter
The Disgaea franchise is known to get a little crazy every now and then. But not this crazy! It appears as if returning protagonist Laharl is going to undergo some... changes at some point in the game. Siliconera is reporting...
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Disgaea 2 is coming to the PSN's PS2 Classics lineup


Check the PSN January 22nd
Jan 12
// Chris Carter
Get ready to join forces with Adell and Rozalin once again, as Nippon Ichi Software has announced that Disgaea 2 will be hitting the PS2 Classics lineup on the PSN come January 22nd. It'll be priced at $9.99, which ...
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Disgaea Dimension 2 gets a crazy new video


Classic Disgaea craziness ensues
Dec 28
// Chris Carter
At this point, you know whether you're a Disgaea fan or not. If you're not, part of the reason may be the lack of a return to Laharl's classic tale in Hour of Darkness: which Disgaea Dimension 2 is fixing, seeing as it's a f...
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Disgaea Dimension 2 features a new hub, Laharl's sister


Sicily looks like a welcome addition
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
More news is starting to roll in for Disgaea Dimension 2, and it's looking better and better as time goes on. It looks like a new cast member will join in for this direct continuation of Hour of Darkness: Laharl's younger sis...
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Disgaea D2, a true Disgaea sequel, is on the way


Laharl returns, officially
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
Look, I have nothing against Disgaea 2's Adelle, Disgaea 3's Mao, and Disgaea 4's Valvatorez (I love them all actually), but there's just something about Laharl that made the original game so special.Well, after years of...
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SDCC: Udon debuts DISGAEArt!!! book at Preview Night


Jul 12
// Dale North
DISGAEArt!!! Disgaea Official Illustration Collection! debuted tonight at San Diego Comic-Con 2012's Preview Night at their booth on the already crazy show floor. This lovely art book sports 600 illustrations covering everyth...
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Dood! Enjoy some exclusive pages from UDON's DISGAEArt!!!


Apr 24
// Tony Ponce
Fact: The English-language VA for Laharl in the original Disgaea is Barbara Goodson, who also voiced Rita Repulsa in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Boom! Suck on that knowledge! Now that your minds have been properly blown, le...

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