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Disgaea 2 is definitely an enjoyable experience if you're into story-driven games or JRPGs in general. However, there is very little (if any) in the way of open-world exploration, so if you're expecting something along the lines of Final Fantasy, you'll be disappointed. Equally, if you're not into combat or turn-based strategies, you should probably give it a miss; it's essentially all that the gameplay consists of. While we seem to be ruling out a lot of people and insinuating that the game is niche, we actually think it's just the opposite; the story is much more interesting than many Western titles, and it's sprinkled with humour which will connect with both anime/JRPG fans and the uninitiated alike. Often, we found ourselves wanting to speed through the combat as quickly as possible (to the detriment of strategy and progress), just so that we could see what happens next. Disgaea 2 PC has a perfectly acceptable reduced price tag of £14.99; had it been a full-price game, we would have found its appearance, personally, unacceptable, but its retail price places it amongst numerous indie titles and older games. It's definitely worth a purchase if you like JRPGs and even turn-based strategies, and obviously, if you've liked other titles in the series, then it's a no-brainer. As a port, it's very good and runs smoothly (though for us, every time we quit the game, it decided to stop responding; whilst irritating, that's the point of quitting anyway). However, if you've played Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories or Dark Hero Days, and still own it, we suggest waiting until you find this version cheap, perhaps in the Steam Summer Sale; as far as we can tell, there's no brand-new content added exclusively for the PC version, which means that buying it again would simply be a nostalgia trip. In the meantime, we advise you dust down your old PS2 or PSP and play that instead; but If you no longer own those and miss playing it, then Nippon Ichi have produced the perfect solution, for new and returning gamers alike.
Overall I had a positive experience with Disgaea 2 PC and it feels great being able to play the series on Steam. If you can make it past the clunky interface and bugs, then you're in for a real treat.
The voice acting may be terrible, but Disgaea 2 makes up for that with incredibly solid game mechanics. Some of the mechanic interactions may be a bit obtuse, but there is something to be said for the amount of depth present here. I mean, how many games let you throw a tower of people across a map to cause a giant chain-explosion that wipes out literally everyone? And what other title allows you to bribe senators to sway them into letting you summon a "Busty Beauty?" Exactly.
The selling point of Disgaea is its uniqueness, so it loses out on a lot the second time around. It’s still fun to build up a team to ridiculous levels, set up crazy combo attacks and discover rare loot, but there’s not much to Disgaea 2 PC that really builds on the original. Although Disgaea fans will appreciate how much more postgame content is in store, some of the changes like the felony system and the weaker story and cast make the game worse. Make no mistake, Disgaea 2 PC is still a good game, but Nippon Ichi were so prolific during this time that there are far stronger games in their back catalogue to spend 50+ hours on