Thursday, 01 November 2018 10:47

REVIEW: Disgaea 1 - Complete (Playstation 4)

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The franchise for Disgaea has been around since it first launched on the PS2, and almost 16 years later, they brushed off the cobwebs and for the first time ever they transformed the game into high definition and it’s playable on both PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Now, just because it's running on a PS4 in HD, it still looked rough around the edges. However when you compare it to the original there is a noticeable difference that you can truthly appreciate. Other than the added HD, the creators also added a couple of new characters and the choice to skip conversations and fast forward them as well.

There is a hub that's the place to be when you want to either go to the hospital, or purchase new weapons or armour. Some shops aren’t available right away though as you dive into the games story you’ll at some point have everything at your hands. The hub is located in the story mode which is all there is to offer when playing this. The plot I’ll talk about only a teeny tiny part of because who wants to know the whole plot before playing. Disgaea 1 takes place in a Netherworld, the prince awakens and needs to fight for his throne. It’s your typical royal needing to reclaim his place with his entourage type of tale.

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In 2003 this exact game was titled Disgaea: Hours of Darkness this time the rebrand changed the title to Disgaea 1 Complete, and the other changes are the new characters that are missing from the 2003 version. These new character are also only available in the Etna Mode. The story is RPG based and the level up system is quite extensive as there are thousands of levels to rank up to.

Just like the original on PS2, this doesn't have anything other than single player content, which brings me to my next thing. Think back to the year 2003 games just weren’t like they are these days, these days games are massive, example being Disgaea 5 is far different compared to the revamped version of Disgaea 1 because games have since evolved so playing this title felt like I went back in time a little, the only difference was the improved resolution overall.

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Now, this game is a mix of RPG and turn based combat. Games I’m not to fond of are in fact turn based, I just find them too slow and I generally suck at them. Disgaea 1 Complete does have a tutorial at the beginning of its story and it's pretty easy to understand. You’ll select a character, you're than able to do several things from moving them, which can only be done so in the red zone and is shown so it's clear where you can and can’t move, you can also defend right away or with any turn. Each character that is used as well as enemies have there own stats and weapons so keep that in mind when in battle.

Other notable things you can do whenever it's your turn is to check the status of the battle and equipping items. When you choose to attack the enemy you’ll need to get close, which isn’t always the square next to them, it’ll depend on the weapon your using and you can only attack once per turn. Now, when an enemy attacks from time to time some of your characters will automatically counter attack shearing off some health off them, this doesn’t count as one of your turns.

Were people begging for this remaster? Not as far as I’m aware, but it's here and if you are a fan of the Disgaea games you might just want to experience the first in HD. It won’t take much space on your HDD either as it's only 1.5GB, this is something for those turn based fans and RPG players.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • Genre: Role-Playing