Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

54%

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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Jun 28, 2021

When one of the main new features of a game is its ability to play itself, it's a hint that a franchise is beginning to run out of steam – especially given Disgaea 6's limp script and 3D graphics.

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7 / 10
Aug 4, 2021

Disgaea 6 is full of fun characters and addictive grinding, but as a package it feels like a stepping stone entry in the series - a not-quite-complete game that will hopefully pave the way for bigger and better things in the next sequel.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2021

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny may not be the best game in the series, but the strategy gameplay is still amazing if you can handle the technical issues.

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ZTGD

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2021

While there is some semblance of enjoyment to be had here for those who like to see numbers go up, to see a series I’ve adored and followed for nearly two decades take inspiration from garbage mobile games in the spirit of greed and becoming bastardized as a shell of former self, breaks my heart.

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88 / 100
Jul 5, 2021

If you already love Disgaea, you’ll probably love Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny. You’ll definitely get the most out of this game if you’re already familiar with other SRPGs, but this is a fine place to enter the series–or the genre, for that matter. In the end, all that Disgaea 6 truly demands of a player is the willingness to learn its mechanics, an appreciation for its zany sense of humor, and a fondness for cute anime demons causing problems on purpose. As long as you can give it that, you’ll have a good time with this game.

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Jul 5, 2021

This may please fans of the series but other than the overhaul in graphics I feel it plays too much like its predecessors. That being said, this is still a great starting point for those wanting to experience the Disgaea franchise or those looking for a solid tactical JRPG.

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7.3 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2021

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny follows closely in the steps of the excellent Disgaea 5 – perhaps too closely, considering it shows a distinct lack of interest into innovating its formula. The new stylistic approach also fails to convince.

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JVL
Kikitoès

Top Critic

15 / 20
Jun 25, 2021

Disgaea 6 is a very good vintage for lovers of fun and completely offbeat tactical RPGs. Fans of the license will be delighted and will find here an excellent sequel, particularly funny. Excessive statistics, wacky remarks, funny situations and strategic fights, everything is there.

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7.3 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2021

Still mindful of the surprising narrative, playful and artistic qualities of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, which in 2015 managed to win a place of honor among the best strategic role-playing games of the past generation, we had high hopes for the new episode. Not only did Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny not prove to be as explosive, but the product seemed to us to be a listless more than the same, moreover suffering from technical deficiencies that were nothing short of unjustifiable.

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8 / 10
Jun 25, 2021

If you weren't allured by the distinctive style and crazy in-depth gameplay of previous entries in the franchise, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny certainly isn't the game to change your mind. Like its predecessors, Disgaea 6 is still a goofy and staggeringly intricate SRPG that will take hundreds of hours to see through to completion. However, this is easily the most streamlined and enjoyable entry in the series yet, as the developers have doubled down on everything that makes these games great and made some improvements, too. It can be intimidating to get into as a newcomer, and the performance is frequently disappointing, but we would still absolutely recommend that you add Disgaea 6 to your library.

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6 / 10
Jun 25, 2021

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny is the latest entry in the long-lived strategy RPG series and there have been quite a few changes and not just the leap from 2D sprites to 3D models. Using the Super Reincarnation spell, Zed reincarnates into different worlds taking the most optimal path to success until he achieves his wish of defeating the God of Destruction.

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Jun 25, 2021

As a huge fan of Disgaea, I’m simply disappointed in the direction Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny took. It went from a charming RPG that had larger than life bosses with equally impressive stats to numbers so inflated it’s legitimately hard to know what exactly your stats are. Add in auto play that will literally grind while you sleep, various mechanics that make the mechanics irrelevant and it’s literally just a pointless grind until the next pointless grind. For some that might be fun, but that simply isn’t what Disgaea is for me.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 1, 2021

Disgaea 6 isn't the total misfire fans were afraid it would be, and in spite of several stumbles, still comes out as a solid, compelling game that will hopefully serve as a foundation to better, more fleshed out games in the future.

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5 / 10.0
Jun 28, 2021

Disgaea 6 is the weakest entry in the series thanks to poor performance, bland combat, and a forgettable story.

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Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.6 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2021

NIS America played it safe with Disgaea 6 Defiance of Destiny, with the only real change being the transition from 2D models to fully 3D ones. This is astill a solid 60 hour turn based JRPG, but maybe what the series needs is a twist for the near future.

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3 / 5.0
Jun 25, 2021

As Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was the first game I ever reviewed nearly two decades ago, I have had a long and beloved history with Nippon Ichi's franchise, so it breaks my heart to play Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny. The story is bland with few jokes that actually hit, and the cast of characters do not help the cause with uninspired backstories and personalities.

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6 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2021

Whether you work out how to play optimally, or choose to, the game is still fun on a basic level. You may even want something less taxing, as big numbers tell you you’re number 1. Even so it won’t take much to be too smart for your own good; including when you think you can waltz through the post-game like you did the main story.

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Kamyab Ghorbanpour

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 16, 2021

Switching from 2D perspective to 3D doesn't affect Disgaea 6 that much, as it pretty much feels the same and it can be both good and bad. Good for the original fans of the series but bad as it shows lack of development throughout the years.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 30, 2021

It’s easy to recommend Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny to series fans, especially if they plan on playing in handheld mode which alleviates most of the performance issues. Thanks to some efforts to streamline certain aspects of the game, and the new auto-battle mode, however, it also serves as a great entry point for those keen to find out what the fuss is all about. It may not have the best story in the series, and some gameplay changes might not seem so favourable, but overall Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny continues the series’ legacy of providing enjoyable strategy gameplay alongside plenty of laughs.

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Jun 25, 2021

Disgaea 6 isn't a massive change for the long-running series, but the substantial improvements it brings means it doesn't have to be either.

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