Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:58

REVIEW: Disgaea 5 Complete (Nintendo Switch)

Written by Keith Dang
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Disgaea 5 is a turn based RPG/Strategy game with an isometric style view. You can have multiple characters on screen at once for you to control. You begin each battle by placing characters on the map and each turn you can move your characters & order them to attack, defend, use items and formulate strategies to maximize damage. Combat isn’t difficult to understand and get use to. You can even pull off combo attacks when you are next to party members while you are doing an attack.

When this happens, you will be treated to an awesome cut scene. In the beginning stages, the game tends to overload you with information about combat and strategies. The Pocket Neatherworld serves like your teams’ home base containing shops, a hospital to heal your wounds and many other vendors and shops that are at your disposal. In addition to characters you can also recruit soldiers to join you; there are a wide range of classes you can choose from. They can be recruited from the recruitment vendor.


The main characters in this game are Kilia and Seraphnia, but you do pick up addition colourful characters along the way as you complete stages and seek revenge on the demon lord Void Dark. You will guide them through numerous colourful stages full of bizarre enemies and troops. It’s a very simple narrative that shines and works with a colourful tribe of characters. Killia tends to want to be alone and fight alone whilst Seraphnia wants all men to be her servants as she will often say when you move her around the screen during battles. Each character that joins you will add to your party’s diversity.

The story is intriguing and the characters are fun and well-written, but everything is tightly wrapped around combat which is the main driving force of the game. Before each battle stage, the story is largely told through still cut-outs and dialogue boxes.


You can hire characters from the recruitment vendor where there are many classes to choose from, all with different profession trees to level up. You can name your character, choose their colour & you can even choose their combat type and traits.

There are many ways you can obtain items in the game and at the end of every battle stage you will get ranked on how you perform. The higher you perform, the more you can receive items and gear.

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Playing on the Switch in docked mode on an external screen, the graphics and colours are good, however I found when you are playing in handheld mode everything seems to appear brighter and sharper. I guess it all depends on the type of monitor/TV you use in docked mode. At the end of the day though, it looks great regardless. The game itself is beautiful to look at with bright colours & textures and detailed battlegrounds. The control systems are simple and easy to understand. I mainly played it with the joy pad and when I switch to the tablet mode, it was quite seamless.

Disgaea 5 Complete is named Complete as it has all the DLC that was released separately. This is a solid entry in the series & fans of the series will really appreciate it. Even though I haven’t played many Disgaea games to date, I found this one enjoyable and fun.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: May 23, 2017
  • Platform: PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Age Rating: ESRB Teen
  • Content: Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language, Suggestive Themes
  • Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • Genre: Strategy, Turn-Based