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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness by Nippon Ichi Software

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Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 13.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
  • Developer: NIS
  • Category: Strategy
  • Players:1 player

Product Details:

Celebrating the 20th year of Nippon Ichi Software and 10th anniversary of the Disgaea series, Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness brings back the popular trio from the first game: Laharl, Etna, and Flonne. With a completely new and original storyline, it offers game system refinements that will entice new fans, while still offering the same kind of hardcore, over-the-top, endless gameplay that is sure to please longtime fans.

The Netherworld - a place where might makes right and today's friends are tomorrow's enemies. After a long journey with many ups and downs, Laharl finally finds himself as a full-fledged Overlord. However, the other denizens of the Netherworld do not see him as such, so he sets out on a journey with his loyal(!?) vassals to receive the respect he deserves. Along the way, Laharl will meet a girl who claims to be his sister, demons with bigger than usual chips on their shoulders, and find out that even his own body holds a few surprises for him.

Main Characters:


Laharl


The only son of King Krichevskoy, the previous Overlord. He is super selfish. After King Krichevskoy's death, he, with the help of Flonne and Etna, defeated many demons to become the Overlord. However, only a handful of demons, and all high-ranking angels, know that he's the Overlord. His immediate goal is to become a greater Overlord than his father, and get every demon to follow him!

Etna


Overlord Laharl's cute demon vassal who lives in the Overlord's Castle. King Krichevskoy found her when she was young, and took her in. She has served the Overlord ever since. She admires the late King Krichevskoy, but she has zero respect for Laharl. She is very sarcastic, and for a vassal, lives a very carefree life. Never one to shy away from pointing out what others would rather hide, she has no fear of pointing things out about Laharl, her master.

Flonne


She is the main reason relations between the Netherworld and Celestia have opened up. However, since she hurt angels to help Laharl, she now lives with Laharl in the Overlord's Castle as a Fallen Angel. She gives lectures about love to demons, but has made zero progress on converting any of them. She loves superhero shows, and heroine of justice animes. She also owns quite a collection of memorabilia.

Sicily


An angel girl who came to the Netherworld to become the Overlord. She claims to be King Krichevskoy's daughter and Laharl's sister, but no one believes her. However, she can be off sometimes, like when she sent herself to the Netherworld in a package. Her reasoning for that was so she wouldn't get lost. She's good at cooking, and likes making sweets.

Barbara


She was chosen by Grosso and his group to become the Overlord. She has great battle prowess, especially with a spear. Hailing from a very discipline-centric family, she lives by the orders that are given to her by her master. On the other hand, she doesn't really have a will of her own, so she never acts of her own accord. The Krichevskoy Group thought they could use her character traits to their advantage. However... they seem to have some touble with her order-following ways, as well.

Generic Units:


Warrior

Valkyrie

Magician

In the Netherworld, many are born with the talent to become a Warrior. They rely on their agility and ability to instantly harden their bodies to survive. They can be hard to work with, due to their aggressive nature, but once they accept someone, they will show them the utmost respect. Their highest class, Grandell, are known by some as the God of War.

It is rare for women to have the qualities of a Valkyrie, but those with natural talent are taken in by a retired Valkyrie to live a life of training. The apprentices are called Liebes, and are trained not just to fight, but to survive. Their personalities are said to be a result of their training. Valkyries live by the words, "Women need to take action!"

Many boys who manifest mysterious powers attend a magic school. Those at the tops of their class earn the right to be magicians. They receive traditional clothing and glasses that increase their magic powers. They study hard, even after graduating, and are always looking to improve. Because they live in harsher environments, they are more earnest and hardworking than Witches.

Witch

Martial Artist

Fight Mistress

Many girls are born with magical powers. Witches are given special ribbons that help them control their magic. These ribbons also act as transceivers that send information updates directly into their brains. Since Witches can improve their powers without studying, many of them develop carefree personalities.

These men train their bodies to the limit and try to master their own way. They envelop their bodies with dark energy and can fight against any weapon with just their fists. They genuinely believe that fighting determines true justice. It is said their techniques originated from a legendary martial artist who came from the Human World. They dress like their ancestors.

These women all come from the Village of Beasts. It was originally a place where women went for marriage training, but over time it became a place for women to train to become fighters. Anyone who achieves their highest rank, Nirvam, is highly praised in the martial arts society.

Priest

Healer

Archer

Contrary to other demons, they hate to fight. Many hold no prejudices toward humans or angels. Since they consider it a huge sin to heal those who are injured, they wear barbed clothing as a way of punishing themselves. They always study hard and spend many hours at the Netherworld Library. One of their biggest pet peeves is that they are often mistaken for girls.

It is said that healing magic was first brought to the Netherworld by Fallen Angels. Unlike the males, they believe healing is absolutely necessary. Their schools are several thousand yars old, and have produced some of the most prolific healers, including Serra Winguard. All female healers live by the rules of Vinaya, which is why they always keep their eyes closed.

They hail from an all-women, ice mountain village called Badre. The voices of the wind tell them the strength and direction the wind is blowing. They strictly adhere to the rules set forth by their ancestors, and hate to use any weapons other than bows.

Gunner

Onmyo Monk

Netherworld hunters who are adept with guns. Their concentration is off the charts. With their Evil Eye ability, they can pinpoint the distances and weaknesses of their targets, which comes in handy with team attacks, allowing them to dispose of enemies in a very efficient and speedy way. Their skills are highly regarded, and many of them work as hired gunmen.

Practitioners of Onmyo Magic, a technique developed in the far east regions of another Netherworld. Onmyo Magic uses curses, fortune telling, and feng shui. They can control the land, and their spells have a wider range of properties than traditional magic. They aren't appreciated as much, because they lack pure power, but are highly regarded in some circles.

Features:

  • Enhanced Customization
    • The character creation system has been completely revamped to allow for the highest level of character customization in series history.
  • Master/Pupil System
    • The player chooses the master and the pupil, as well as which skills to learn. Benefits include new skills and higher weapon proficiencies for the pupil. The master gets a stat boost.
  • Geo Panels
    • These status-altering blocks provide bonuses or detriments to the terrain. Change the tide of battle by skillfully manipulating these elemental icons
  • Reunite with old friends and meet a new crew!
    • Bringing back the fan favorite trio of Laharl, Etna, and Flonne, with new characters and a brand-new story.

Specifications:

Game Details

Number of Players
1 player
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disgaea D2: A Big Disappointment I've been hyping for this game since it was announced, mostly for it's main cast and it's continuation of the first Disgaea. The gameplay is the same thing but with the ability to mount a monster, but that ability is flawed, the combination skills with the monster mounts are underpowered and useless and you can't even use it after you move. The story isn't as good as the first, it tries to bombard you with different situations while progressing through which makes it annoying. The new characters aren't interesting mostly because some of the characters are just generic class recolors, they're kinda just there except for Laharl's sister. The post game isn't worth playing, since it reuses the main characters from 4. The only thing worth that's worth looking at is the "Cheat Shop" for newcomers or casual players, which has increase/decrease enemy levels; the amount of money/EXP/Weapon Mastery/Mana, and the insane customization which includes: music changing in the hub world, main character/sub character switching and different colors/voices for characters, etc.. But in a nutshell, Disgaea D2 is good for those who wish to start the series, mostly because of it's "Cheat Shop" to change the gameplay. But it's okay with regular Disgaea players such as myself, I was expecting an awesome sequel to the first, but all I got was a major disappointment of a game with it's casual gameplay, awful story(It has typos too, eww), and it's small content. I do recommend Disgaea 4 with it's large amount of content, same with 3 for Vita.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once I got wind of this It was up to Gamestop. I originally heard of this game in 2012 while I was making my daily trip to the disgaea wikia and saw a small footnote about it that I had to click on. After reading about the new game every trip to my local gamestop I got the same answer of them not even getting word of it. Eventually until it announcement they new the question I would ask every visit until there was an official localization announcement. It took six months of asking but the hard work paid off as I was the first in my area to pre-order and even know. Unbelievably there are few that even know about disgaea as a series within a 20 mile radius of my house. On to the main point a very refreshing story that takes the original into consideration and then adds a bunch of new stuff while keeping true to the glory of the series. A great sequel with very witty remarks. The absolute joy of Laharl's laugh every time I hear it makes me feel all giddy. Even though the game is so fantastic, I will in the end, leave the opinion/choice to the players (unless they say the game is no good then you're opinion is stupid/wrong and you don't deserve one).
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Disgaea 2 fans always wanted One decade ago an unknown games company in the U.S. released the perfect SRPG Disgaea Hour of Darkness. It was hilarious, the character development was great, the battle systems complex, & best of all insanely high level caps reaching into the thousands. It was more than worth it's price of admission. Everyone loved the original trio. Laharl, Etna & Flonne were like the three stooges of anime always getting into one goofy situation after the next with Laharl's goal to claim his place as heir to overlord of the Netherworld. The story left you happy & chuckling all the way through, but it was over too soon, sure the post game had tons of content but I personally wanted more of the trio. Then several years later came the first sequel, with great improvements on the gameplay...but a cringe worth cast of characters & plot. In a way it killed the series for me so I skipped the 3rd & 4th entries, although I have heard the 4th was a great game, I just had no interest anymore. Then came news of a direct sequel a few years back. My inner fan boy went crazy. I couldnt wait. I even bought a ps3 just to play this game! As soon as the date was set I pre ordered the limited edition. I couldn't have made a better choice as a gamer. This is everything I ever wanted for a true DIsgaea sequel. Every moment of the game leaves me laughing & smiling. Seriously the humor is top notch this time around. Then comes the gameplay. Well it's familiar but from the last three games (plus NIS plethora of other SRPG') it's fine tuned to near perfection. This is literally everything I wanted out of a Disgaea game & I could even dare say tops the original. RPG fans : play this. Strategy fans : play this. If you havent played a Disgaea game : start here. Many who jumped into the series after the original dont seem to like this entry, the reasons why I wouldnt understand. Stay clear if youre one of those or if you cant stand anime (especially if you cant handle some subtle fan service). But otherwise this is a phenomenal game in my eyes, my favorite game of 2013. Play it, love it, sink a good 100+ hours into it.
Date published: 2013-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ITS AWESOME! It is the best game series that I have discovered recently and have spent 80+ hours in each game up til now!
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This game is the best! It is the best of the Disgaea series, and can take a casual or beginner player; and make them master strategical rpg gaming!
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disgaea D2: Initial Impressions Disgaea D2 both returns to the roots of the series and make changes that improve upon, damages, and removes staples from other games in the series. On the positive side the over importance of mana in improving skills is gone and we have a return to the weapon mastery system featured in Hour of Darkness and Curse of Memories. On the downside the game limits what items are available to you in the shops based on how far long you are into the plot. While the game does retain the old system of passing bills the inability to purchase high level equipment early on is sort of a disappointment. On the other hand the game also takes away certain functions from the dark senate and places them in the hands of the player in the form of the cheat shop. One of the more useful functions of the cheat shop is that it allows you to increase the strength of the enemies on the maps allowing for easier grinding and increased challenge in the campaign mode while not requiring the player to grind for mana to do so. The game also makes some changes to the apprentice system that are an interesting twist to say the least and allows a character to become an apprentice to a character that did not initially create them. On the other hand the new system doesn't allow a master to learn new skills from an apprentice so if you want to teach Laharl how to heal you'll have to make him apprentice under a healer. While this change does make sense it also annoys me since it goes against the system that was established in the first two games. On the whole though, I'd say the game returns to its roots and makes improvement upon the original and some of the systems that were introduced in the later entries.
Date published: 2013-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best game in the series Intelligent additions and refinements make the true sequel to the original Disgaea the best game in the series yet.
Date published: 2013-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny Being a fan of the original PS2 series and all of NIS America, I have every Disgaea game but was really happy to see this released and more so to play it. If you haven't tried Disgaea, pick this game up and enjoy.
Date published: 2013-10-11
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