Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. The bottom line is that if you loved the original Disgaea, chances are you will love Disgaea 2 with a burning passion.
  2. Its difficulty and sometimes confusing nature continues to keep the game from being appropriate for newcomers to the genre itself, but memorable characters and dialog, deceptively deep mechanics, and a promise of future sequels make this series, the flagship of Nippon Ichi and NIS America, one of the crowning achievements of this console generation.
  3. Nippon Ichi's games are good but Disgaea is undeniably the best. While some might begrudge the ostensible dumbing down with the return to grids and more tightly controlled play (there's no chucking enemies off the maps into oblivion or picking up map furniture as impromptu weaponry here) in reality this makes the game more accessible, more easily understood and ultimately more fun.
  4. Like its predecessor, Disgaea 2 isn't for everyone. If sinking 40-plus hours into a game just to see the basic ending and none of the secret or hidden content doesn't appeal to you, feel free to pass on by. But if dropping dozens of hours into leveling up for the sake of having obscenely powerful characters sounds good, or you're looking for some fun tactical battles and a clever story, I can't recommend this highly ennough. [Sept. 2006, p.92]
  5. This is an intimidating prospect for the casual PS2 gamer, but a worthwhile purchase for anyone who derived any pleasure from any tactical RPG on any platform. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  6. Disgaea 2 is ultimately about the characters you create, the battles you fight, the equipment you improve, and the party you level up and kit out. Like many of the best games -- Civilization, X-Com, Diablo, Pirates -- Disgaea 2 is about the story you create in the playing.
  7. Putting an estimate on how many hours you would need to devote to the game to complete everything is both pointless and a little scary to imagine, but we dare say that someone out there in a very dimly lit room will be attempting it. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a joy to behold, you can dip into it for a short time or lose several years of your life.
  8. Anyone who’s played "Fire Emblem" or the original Disgaea must know by now that this is a must-own strategy/RPG.
  9. A SRPG player’s dream. A person could spend hours just wandering around the item worlds leveling up characters and items, or one could just go straight through the game without turning back.
  10. It comes to gameplay Disgaea 2 is far superior to any of NI’s previous works.
  11. This is a solid contender for RPG of the year (along with "Oblivion" and the unreleased "Final Fantasy XII"), and is easily the best SRPG to come along since Disgaea itself, if not Final Fantasy Tactics.
  12. If you are a serious player then another slice of deep role-playing may be appropriate, personally I didn’t feel devoid of this in my life (God knows I felt I could still squeeze more out of the original instalment!) enough to need Disagea 2, but then again I do also review a wide-ranging portfolio of games, those who purely RPG are likely to see this as a second coming.
  13. Disgaea 2 is certainly a game that stat whores will waste hours on. You can get to ridiculous levels and do attacks that would make Final Fantasy lose it's lunch.
  14. Even though the characters aren’t quite as interesting as those seen in the original, Disgaea 2 remains one of the best strategy-RPGs out there.
  15. 98
    Nippon Ichi has done the impossible with Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories – taking a successful game and improving it on every count for the sequel. The battle system was tweaked in just the right ways, the graphics and sound were improved, and the new story is deep and faithful to the style of the series without copying too much from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. The result is what will probably be best game of 2006.
  16. Does not offer anything drastically new compared to its predecessor. An excellent strategy-RPG, nonetheless. [Jan 2007]
  17. Fans of the original will need little convincing, but for the rest of you, trust me when I say this game's well worth your time. [Aug 2006, p.57]
  18. It’s a fantastic game, to be sure, but it’s catering to a very specific set of gamers.
  19. 87
    If you want a short, fun, quirky, and sometimes sentimental Strategy RPG that knows its market and takes jabs at it with impeccable humor, you should get Disgaea 2. If you'd prefer a game that allows you to play for hours on end (like, over 200 hours) with new events to keep your interest now and then, but you don't want it to be an MMORPG, then get Disgaea 2.
  20. You know what the weird thing is? I hate RPGs with a passion. Yet there’s something about this game that just works.
  21. There is no better value for your buck than getting a game that supports HUNDREDS of hours of play time, and Disgaea 2 does that. The sheer amount of character building and fantastic humor all make for a game that you WANT to play for that long too.
  22. 92
    Better sound, more strategy and more of those lovable psychotic penguins is what you’ll find contained in this single disc game.
  23. It is proven that if you give Disgaea 2 a bit of your time, it can swallow your life. Submit to its will.
  24. If you're not having fun, you just plain don't like tactical RPGs.
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. DesmondL.
    Sep 22, 2009
    6
    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
    9
    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
    8
    Gameplay is incredible, the story is pretty boring, the graphic is lousy. The game takes hundreds of hours. Value for the money.