Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. At its core, this game is very similar to the first adventure, but there are enough improvements to at least make THIS title your new addiction and give you a reason to (finally) set Disgaea on the shelf for a little while.
  2. 83
    Considerably better, more balanced and ultimately enjoyable than either the first title or the abysmal sister title from Nippon Ichi Software. [Issue 144, p.79]
  3. Just like the first Disgaea, this strategy role-playing game is best suited for fans of other stuff like it, and it's chock-full of depth, lasting value, and surprisingly good humor.
  4. The stylish look and off-the-wall story certainly make up for a lack of hardcore role-playing depth.
  5. A very, very good game, but only for those willing to dedicate a large chunk of their life to it. Hardcore types, basically. [Nov 2006, p.87]
  6. 80
    The complexities of the customisations and battle tactics available in this sequel are as huge as ever and although this is largely the same game with only a few tweaks; these tweaks work well. Disgaea fans will rejoice.
  7. The sense of danger is there, as are the endless arenas for customization, but the best part will always be the characters and their dead-on voice work.
  8. The gameplay is deep, fun and exciting but to fully enjoy it you’ll also have to enjoy manipulating some unintuitive and at times dense mechanics. Nippon Ichi’s writing and humor is top notch, but as with the gameplay, its wackiness might turn some people off.
  9. It's got drama, humor, and crazy characters, which will keep you coming back for more. [Oct 2006, p.79]
  10. 80
    I think I found myself enjoying the original game more than the sequel simply due to the story, which is simply a tad bit better.
  11. The only problem that it really has is that there is nothing terribly new here.
  12. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a fun trip for anyone who enjoys a light-hearted RPG that utilizes a lovely dose of deviant humor.
  13. 80
    Exactly what fans of the genre want. A solid SRPG that takes everything the original did right, tweak it, and throw in enough subtle nuances to make it feel fresh.
  14. 80
    It’s been said that tactical RPGs are similar to recreational drugs. If that’s the case then Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is definitely not a gateway drug. The gameplay is almost too complex and deep for newcomers. However, if you’re already addicted to this genre or are interested in it then this game will keep you hooked for a long, long time.
  15. 80
    Still, the rock-solid strategy and engaging character developement system make Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories a strong contender for tactical RPG crown regardless of its audio/visual shortcomings. [Oct. 2006, p.99]
  16. A sweet RPG with a wicked centre - well worth giving a punt. [Oct 2006, p.84]
  17. The story and characters just don't have the magic of the first game. Still, Disgaea 2 is an incredible value for your gaming dollar. Hard-core RPG players will love it; it might be an acquired taste for others.
  18. If you regularly immerse yourself in the crazy s*** that comes out of Japan, Disgaea 2 probably won't faze you. Everybody else: You've been warned. [Sept. 2006, p.99]
  19. It's a whole that still offers an intricate series of diversions - some old, some new - but one that has lost some sparkle, despite its sharper, more colourful looks. Most players will get sick of Disgaea 2 long before Disgaea 2 gets sick of them. [Sept 2006, p.80]
  20. The deepest RPG I've ever played. There's so much going on under the surface, so much to do and find, so many characters to create and train, and so many, many battlefields to conquer, all of which adds up to one of the best value for money games you could ever purchase - that is if you're not put off by the clumsy dialogue, often daft story events and rudimentary presentation, which some will see as charming and others as just plain poor.
  21. Restrictive and ponderous in places but more often immense and rewarding. Disgaea 2 is an underrated RPG with surprisingly commendable depth. [Oct 2006, p.104]
  22. Ultimately, the combination of familiar game mechanics, a lack of progression on the graphical side of things, and a story and characters that mostly fail to live up to the game’s predecessors all add up to a bit of a disappointment, and while the gameplay here is still very solid, this game is still difficult to recommend.
  23. 70
    For the right kind of player, the multiple endings, secret characters, extra bosses, and obscene potential for stats and damage (a Japanese strategy guide published a record of over two billion points) could provide a pleasurable diversion that can literally last hundreds of hours. It is, however, something that's definitely not for everyone.
  24. 65
    Disgaea 2 adds only one significant new feature to its gameplay: the ability of stacked characters to attack.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. DesmondL.
    Sep 22, 2009
    I consider average. The story and gameplay is not bad. But the graphics well... NIS never update the because they thought retro RPG game is I consider average. The story and gameplay is not bad. But the graphics well... NIS never update the because they thought retro RPG game is best than today RPG modern game. 3D graphics is just like a PS1 and the spirtes look like super nitendo. NIS sound actors is reconsider the best. Buy the Disgaea 2 Dark Hero Days instead. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 14, 2008
    The humor, character creation, strategy, and complete disregard for logic during combat (you can stack your men on top of each other until The humor, character creation, strategy, and complete disregard for logic during combat (you can stack your men on top of each other until you are tall enough to fight the sun) score big points, however the amount of time spent re-leveling characters or leveling better versions of an existing character, or the item world, just generally drag things to a halt. The item world is a dungeon where you can enter a dimension inside an item you own. You can find the element that makes your chewing gum strong, beat it up until it obeys, and force to to move into your sword. The item world is also under attack by space pirates for some reason too. However the item world completely lacks an ongoing story to keep you motivated, and since it's levels are randomly generated it can result in some obnoxious camera difficulties. Overall I felt that the game's pluses were pretty refreshing in this industry, and none of it's faults bring the game to a stop, so I felt like it was a very good overall experience. Full Review »
  3. Hugh
    Apr 28, 2007
    Gameplay is incredible, the story is pretty boring, the graphic is lousy. The game takes hundreds of hours. Value for the money.