Disgaea: Afternoon Darkness
The 2003 PlayStation 2 game Disgaea has finally been released on the PSP that
features engaging gameplay, an immersive storyline and a game that is
perfect for the console with its time constraint battles that make it
perfect for the portable world.
In its essence Disgaea is your classic
strategy RPG where gamers must complete a variety of missions, upgrade
their characters and items in an attempt to complete the massive
storyline that awaits them.
The game has an extraordinary anime feel to
both the basic graphics, storyline and gameplay, however those seeking
the latest high-tech graphics may look elsewhere because the title does
have the feel of a game that was release several years ago.
The story? Classic anime! It revolves
around the Netherworld, a place located in fathoms beneath the sea where
a land is cursed and evil reigns supreme. The story begins two years
after the death of King Krichevskoy, the ruler of the Netherworld where
his son Laharl slept for two years, unaware of his father's death or
that his land is now savaged by demons.
With the help of vassal Etna and
her underlings, Prince Laharl challenges the interlopers in order to
become the true ruler of the Neverworld! Definitely one of those games
that is hard to put down.
Although not as time
consuming as the original PlayStation 2 version, the title still
requires a large amount of time, especially in the dungeons which can see
one, two and even three hours pass with the gamer blissfully unaware of
gamers can "sleep" through a variety of these adventures which is also
suits the portable market, ensuring that you are not a slave to the PSP
and you need to finish the title. This basically lets you put away the
The magic of Disgaea is the battle
system of the title which allows to upgrade your characters and
equipment in order to create a battle hardy party to challenge the foes
of this strange world.
Leveling items is also a
challenge that is achieved through equipment dungeons that not only
challenges your characters abilities but allows for some insanely
ridiculous and impressive upgrades, provided you go deep enough.
My favorite aspect of
Disgaea is the ability to throw your foes large distances across the
battlefield which causes a considerable amount of damage and is
Unlike other games similar to the genre such
as the Final Fantasy series, Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, the key to
conquering the title is not how powerful your characters are (although this
does help) but your own tactics which makes this game so wonderfully
Graphically, the title
Japanese "cute" and feels like a Saturday morning manga cartoon with its
overthetop and colorful graphics and characters. Match that with a
great musical score and more cute sound effects and there is little to
complain in both departments.
In conclusion, Disgaea:
Afternoon Darkness is a classic PSP game that will be adored by fans,
impressed by newcomers and is fun from start to finish. Great gameplay
(provided you love Japanese RPG), a magical soundtrack, Disgaea:
Afternoon Darkness is a must have game of 2008!