Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Disgaea: Hour of Darkness mini-review

A staff at GameStation recommended me this game and I am absolutely hooked. Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is a strategy RPG (also known as tactical RPG) game by Nippon Ichi, a console developer who specialised in this genre. Apart from great gameplay, Disgaea also provides a great funny storyline which differs from the serious plotlines most often associated with other RPG titles.

Disgaea centres on a demon known as Laharl who is awaken by Etna after a long slumber of two years. He finds that his father the King Krichevskoy of the Netherworld has died. Not only that his throne and therefore possessions has been plundered. He swears to reclaim the throne and together with Etna he attempts to achieve that.

The gameplay is similar to Final Fantasy Tactics (PS1) and if you've played that you will find yourself right at home. Unlike Tactics's political plot and serious undertone, Disgaea eschews all those for outrageous humour and ridiculous plotline.

I was told that the game provides over 100 hours of gameplay and if this is true then wicked. I look forward to playing the recently released Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories and future Nippon Ichi titles.


Update: A port/remake of Disgaea will be released on the PSP titled Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (Amazon UK)

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