Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 42 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

Based on 42 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 4, 2015

Disgaea 5 is not the obvious revolution for the series that its predecessor Disgaea 4 was from a graphical standpoint, but it does feature meaningful evolution of the series' gameplay.

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Scored Reviews

Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 6, 2015

This is by far the best Disgaea game we've seen, and it is a strong contender to be the best tactics RPG ever created.

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Marooners' Rock
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Sep 23, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is an absurdly deep game is definitively the go-to SRPG experience on PS4. It has the whole package – great art, superb music, hilarious story, deep and complex mechanics, and a post-game that will keep you playing for hundreds of hours.

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Worth Playing
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

In terms of game mechanics, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is possibly the strongest entry in the franchise. Almost every change it makes is for the better, and the core gameplay has been polished and refined in countless ways. While it lacks big changes, it's an excellent example of the Disgaea gameplay and one of the most accessible entries in the series. Whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer, there's a lot to like here.

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Gamestyle
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 29, 2015

Huge, well-crafted and as crazy as always D00D!

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We Got This Covered
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance manages to be the best game in NIS America's beloved series. Not only does it add additional complexity, it's also the most newcomer friendly entry.

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High-Def Digest
Sep 22, 2015

'Disgaea 5' is one of the best strategy RPGs I've played in years. The gameplay is fun and addicting, and the rest of the package offers more than enough incentive for me to play until the ending and beyond. Not only will series fans find another enjoyable entry, but it's easier than ever for new players to get into 'Disgaea,' with the Cheat Shop making grinding quite easy and most of the extra stuff not being forced upon them. Despite my doubts, 'Disgaea 5' sees the series come to the PS4 with all due grandeur. New player or series veteran, this is a fantastic SRPG that should not be passed up.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 1, 2015

If you're a fan of the genre and you've been holding off on Sony's latest console, here's your excuse to move into the next generation of JRPGs.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

The strategy RPG series has never been better in the latest entry.

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GearNuke
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Oct 8, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance also gives you the ability to dispatch your unused characters on expeditions, so that they don't go to waste while you're away on story missions. It works a little like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's Motherbase dispatch missions; you select a number of your characters and send them off to various planets or stars. Upon their return, they present a battle report to you, which outlines the enemies they defeated and captured as well as the skills and items they gained. It's an interesting metagame that adds an additional layer of depth to the core game.

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IGN
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

Though it still feels a little familiar, Disgaea 5 freshens up its excellent gameplay with some fun new features.

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PSX Extreme
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is indeed bigger in every feasible way when compared to previous series iterations. I'm not so sure it's better in every way, though, as the sheer amount of content can feel either muddled or oppressive. There are times when you just sit there, overwhelmed with possibilities and options for your growing party, unsure of what to tackle next.

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DualShockers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2015

Overall, for those looking for their Strategy RPG fix, especially on the PS4, should definitely pick up Disgaea 5. The new features make the gameplay experience even better. Of course, the over the top humorous setting of the game, including the story and the characters never ceases to entertain.

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RPG Fan
85%
85%
Oct 7, 2015

This is the Disgaea you know and love, but with a fresh coat of paint and enough new features to warrant another trip through the Netherworld, dood.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

If you're looking for a meaty, turn-based, tactical RPG, Disgaea 5 won't steer you wrong. It has a ton of content to explore, classes and characters to master, and a robust post-game that provides hours of entertainment

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Niche Gamer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

So, should you buy Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance? Well, if you're already a fan of the series, I'm sure you knew you were going to purchase this the moment it was announced. However, if you're just getting into strategy RPGs, I'd still recommend Disgaea 1 over this title.

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GBAtemp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

Bigger, crazier and more spectacular than ever, Disgaea 5 doesn't disappoint and continues to be one of my favorite strategy franchises. While the pacing may be a bit slow, it doesn't detract from the overall quality of the game and it's absolutely worth picking up.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

In the end, Disgaea 5 may not have evolved much from its glory days, but the latest entry proves that the tried-and-true mechanics still hold up, even if the aesthetics and characters remain somewhat antiquated. There is no other RPG that features this many options, which will undoubtedly win over the hardcore RPG crowd with far too much time on their hands.

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Game Revolution
Oct 2, 2015

Despite a few gripes, I still really enjoy playing Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, and I plan on playing the "post game" for quite a while.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5 successfully leaps into the next generation with welcome improvements to the game and chaotic combat dood. If you are a fan of the Disgaea series, or a new comer thinking about trying it out, I think you should give this one a go.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 5, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is another solid entry in a series known for its kooky humor and deep tactical chops. Even with its additions to the core system, the game likely won't change the minds of folks who have fallen out of love with the series in general. For folks looking for a filling and satisfying tactical JRPG, however, Disgaea 5 will be just what the demon lord ordered.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is a step in the right direction for the series, adding various new mechanics that help streamline the experience. Having the ability to move freely after an initial action is something the series desperately needed, as accidentally placing characters in the wrong location has been a common frustration.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 30, 2015

If you liked previous Disgaea games, you would be right at home with Disgaea 5. The gameplay works, and Nippon Ichi Software should be accommodated for not meddling with what was, and still is, solid. That said, I can see how the same experience could be tiresome for returning players. But if you are a newcomer to the series or still can't get enough Prinnys, give Disgaea 5 a chance. An enjoyable adventure awaits you with gameplay that represents the best of the TRPG genre and characters you will remember, long after the credits role.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance may not have the best story or cast in the series, but it gets the job done, and brings a ton of advancements with it in the process. I'll probably be playing this one for years to come, and I sincerely hope NIS is able to continue this series. It's still one of the best SRPG franchises in the business.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 22, 2015

Beneath its lackluster story, Disgaea 5 is crawling with stuff to do and, thanks to its great gameplay, you'll always find yourself itching to come back for more.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is arguably the most complete package in the series. Despite an unnecessarily long campaign that's home to some surprising difficulty spikes, it's still an excellent strategy venture that will give you plenty of bang for your buck.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5 is the biggest and most satisfying installment in the series to date, and It could easily be the last one you ever need to buy.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 10, 2015

By making some smart efficiency decisions, it's easy to recommend Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance to newcomers and veterans of the franchise, with some excellent new mechanics and tweaks to old favourites. You can literally sink hundreds of hours into this should you feel the urge. While I didn't really engage with the characters and narrative as much this time around, the action and sheer wealth of content more than made up for it, dood!

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 21, 2015

Disgaea 5 fulfils exactly everything desired and expected from a Disgaea title, though, and what more could fans or newcomers to the franchise ask for? Ultimately, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is a great game for any fan of the SRPG genre, and it shows why this franchise is a great entry port into the genre.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5 could have easily been one of the best games in the series if it wasn't for the missteps in the post-game content, but even with those faults, the solid SRPG foundation along with a few exciting new tweaks/additions makes it a worthwhile experience all the same.

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8 / 10
Sep 22, 2015

If I was to go in depth on all of this game's mechanics I would literally be here for thousands of words, so suffice it to say that the game has plenty to offer and almost all of it is entertaining. It's a bit of a shame that the story lacks the hilarious premise of its predecessor, but mechanically Disgaea 5 is as solid as they come. I've spent over 60 hours on the game, going through the story and messing around a bit in the different optional worlds, and there is so much more I could do in it. Whether you're looking for a fun 50 hour story, or want something that will have you grinding your nights away for hundreds of hours, Disgaea 5 is a pretty safe bet.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2015

Disgaea makes it PS4 debut, and it's brighter than ever

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USgamer
Sep 22, 2015

Disgaea 5 is a Disgaea game for better or for worse. This means solid tactical combat, over-the-top attacks, and more game systems than you can shake a stick at. The cast isn't as good as Disgaea 4, but the game itself is undeniably bigger and more robust. Veterans will be happy and new players have a lot to digest. Prepare yourself.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2015

Disgaea 5 is an excellent title for any gamer, but the interesting mechanics, impressive visuals, and expansive universe make it a must-play for tactical RPG enthusiasts.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 10, 2015

One of the most rewarding experiences on the PS4

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

An enjoyable strategy RPG that refuses to become po-faced, Disgaea 5 is let-down only by a so-so narrative and an over-reliance on XP farming.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Sep 29, 2015

If you enjoy grinding numbers, goofy anime antics, and over-the-top style, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance will give you hundreds of hours of replayability. If you don't like the idea of spending hours and hours replaying levels and building up characters, then you might want to look somewhere else.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 22, 2015

At its best, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is charming. At its worst, it's very tedious.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+
Daniella Lucas

Top Critic

Oct 8, 2015

If you turn the volume down and skip through the story you'll find yourself with a neat strategic battler that seemingly goes on forever, but it's hard to get by with just that part of a game when you're paying for the full package.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 12, 2015

The least funny Disgaea yet, but arguably the best in terms of the actual gameplay – even if there is a lack of genuinely new ideas.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 16, 2015

Whilst Disgaea features many unique-looking characters that benefit from a HD makeover, the backgrounds and locations are lacking any real finesse and make the game feel fairly dated

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2015

There is a staggering amount of content in Disgaea 5, all serving the central, compelling and nuanced gameplay system. It's enough for Disgaea 5 to grip you, and then not let you go for the next several dozen hours.

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