Disgaea: Hour of Darkness PlayStation 2

Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
Buy On
  1. I’ll briefly abandon my objective viewpoint and daringly say that I love Disgaea. But I can find very little to strongly recommend about it.
  2. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's Disgaea's wacky persona and challenge that will win over hardcore genre fans in the end. [Oct 2003, p.40]

Awards & Rankings

#47 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. IgorS.
    Oct 8, 2008
    0
    I played through Phantom Brave before I played through this and I have to say that I'm very disappointed in NIS. They could have done I played through Phantom Brave before I played through this and I have to say that I'm very disappointed in NIS. They could have done something a bit more out there and have a good game with great gameplay like Phantom Brave or La Pucelle Tactics, but instead they have the gall to create the most bland pathetic excuse for a game. I've played all the way through this game once just to make sure I wouldn't miss any of this awesome stuff that everyone talks about and I can't find it anywhere. Gameplay is bland you can sit and level up until you can destroy everything in your path with one punch. There is no challenge anywhere in it. Storyline is horrible, and the only memorable characters are the minor roled prinnies. Also to ANYONE and I mean ANYONE who thinks that this game is funny in the least bit. I WANT TO PUNCH YOU THROUGH THE INTERNET. This dialogue is not funny, and it never will be. I hardly even cracked a smile while playing this game. Full Review »
  2. Sep 17, 2014
    7
    Not really a game for anyone with OCD or severe completionist anxiety.

    This game has the potential to be never ending. I had gone into it
    Not really a game for anyone with OCD or severe completionist anxiety.

    This game has the potential to be never ending. I had gone into it over 150 hours until I realized this. While I am a big fan of long games, there is also such a thing as too much.

    That aside. Animation is good, and done loyally to anime standards. Voice acting is a bit hammy but it just adds to the charm. The story is also interesting, but thanks to the deeply addictive and lengthy gameplay, does tend to get lost..

    Overall:
    Disgaea is a nice fun game and really cements the tactical role playing game genre. However, the lack boundaries and possibly endless gameplay it is far too easy to get lost and lose the plot. My advice, don't try to do everything, do what you need to and move on. Otherwise you might never finish.
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  3. Oct 22, 2013
    10
    Loved this game the moment I played it. As long as you don't mind the anime story telling, this title started the best strategy RPG series toLoved this game the moment I played it. As long as you don't mind the anime story telling, this title started the best strategy RPG series to date. I still can't believe how deep these games can be. Atlus had really outdone themselves. Full Review »