Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3)

D2_BOXDisgaea is kind of the flagship series for game maker NIS. Their newest game, on PS3 for retail and download on PSN, is actually a direct sequel to the first game featuring the returning cast. As opposed to the other sequel which had new characters. So if you enjoyed the madcap adventures of Laharl, Flonne, and all the Prinnies, then you may want to check out this latest entry in the strategy RPG series. Play as the newly appointed demon overlord Laharl as he scours the netherworld looking for any opposing demons trying to usurp his throne! Since Laharl is just a bratty kid, you can bet he has a lot of opposers in the demon world!

As a strategy RPG, you’ll move your characters around on the field in a grid based fashion. You can attack nearby enemies with weapons and spells, as well as other creative actions like picking up and throwing allies and enemies. In some battles, there are colored triangles on the ground that can change colors on the field when destroyed. Different colored fields give advantages and disadvantages to you and the enemy, so you’ll want to use these fields to the best of your ability. After you’ve attacked all you could, you’ll end your turn and brace yourself for the enemies’ attack. You’ll repeat this process every battle until you defeat all the enemies or they defeat everyone in your party and it’s Game Over.

Back at the demon overlord’s castle between battles, you can do all sorts of things. Heal up your gang and buy items for them, choose for each member of your party to train a certain stat in the dojo, and you can even edit and create your own fighters to use in battle! There are a lot of other things you can do, too. While the game does a good job explaining the basics in battle, the difficulty ramps up pretty fast, so it’s really best for experienced fans of Disgaea games and other strategy titles like Final Fantasy Tactics.


Kid Factor:

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, and Suggestive Themes. While you do fight monsters with weapons and magic attacks, the overhead view of the action negates a lot of the violence. The characters do curse a bit in the text with spoken voice as well. Some of the female characters wear skimpy outfits and make suggestive jokes from time to time, but it’s all presented in that campy anime way. You can also view items that have alcohol names on them. But really, the best reason why this is best for older players is the complexity of the game.

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