Excerpt: If you suspect that you might be what the games industry has affectionately labelled a 'casual gamer', stop reading; I'm afraid this game just isn't for you. A frightening combination of statistics, attributes and menu screens glued together with anime visuals and a ludicrous narrative make the Disgaea series very much exclusive to the core club. Still reading?
Excerpt: Like Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness , Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is a re-release of the PS2 version with a few new additions. If you're not a fan of the series or genre, new features won't win you over, but they may be enough to entice fans into a repurchase. On a big screen, Disgaea 2 's visuals looked good stylistically, but still came off as dirty and blurry. What didn't work on the TV works for the PSP's smaller screen.
Summary: Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is the definitive version of D2, incorporating gameplay mechanics from D3 and expounding on them, as well as some completely new ones. It excels in gameplay, but falls short in the story department. If you missed the PS2 version, definitely pick this up. Even if you’ve played the PS2 version to death, there’s still enough new content and gameplay additions that the experience will still feel fresh.
Excerpt: When Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness hit consoles in North America in 2003, Nippon Ichi Software’ (NIS) quirky, anime-inspired title quickly became the game of choice for hardcore strategy RPG followers. Not only was its story charming and interesting, rife with bizarre characters and humorous writing, but it also delivered an in-depth role-playing experience that could
Excerpt: In 2007 Nippon Ichi released a very well done port of the original Disgaea for the PSP with bonus extras. Now Nippon Ichi is using the same tactic again for Disgaea 2 . Its PSP release, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days, also comes with added content. Disgaea 2 first made its appearance back on the PS2 in 2006. All the content from the original release is all here, including the same story.
Excerpt: Released in 2003, the original Disgaea for the PlayStation 2 was received with open arms by RPGamers and critics alike. It boasted a strategic, turn based combat model with highly unusual methods for levelling up characters, weapons, armor and statistics, as well as a quirky, humorous, anime style story. Nippon Ichi quickly took advantage of that success, releasing a couple of direct sequels and a few spin-offs.
Excerpt: Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days on the PSP is a port of Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories , a PlayStation 2 title released way back in 2006. Despite the age of its core content, the title is one of the deepest strategy experiences available on the PSP. The game offers numerous options both on and off the battlefield, a fact that should cause many fans of the genre to fall in love with this portable return to the Netherworld.
Excerpt: It is fair to say that ports are the bane of gamers for the most part. More often than not, something is lost in the transition from one system to another. Not the case with the Disgaea series apparently, as evidenced by the PSP port of the original, Afternoon of Darkness, and now its follow up Dark Hero Days. Disgaea 2 is hands down one of the best strategy RPGs on the market today.