Disgaea: Hour of Darkness PlayStation 2

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  • Summary: The Netherworld - a realm darker than the deepest abyss, located far beneath where mortals tread. It is a cursed land where evil reigns and foul beings dwell. Nobody knows its whereabouts, but everybody fears its existence... The story takes place two years after the death of KingThe Netherworld - a realm darker than the deepest abyss, located far beneath where mortals tread. It is a cursed land where evil reigns and foul beings dwell. Nobody knows its whereabouts, but everybody fears its existence... The story takes place two years after the death of King Krichevskoy, the ruler of the Netherworld. His son Laharl awakens from a long sleep, unaware of his father's death. Meanwhile, scheming demons vie for supremacy over the Netherworld. With the help of his subordinate Etna and her underlings, the egocentric, self-absorbed Prince Laharl must fight to regain the throne and claim his birthright. [Atlus] Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Pure immature fun with a story. You will like the comic mischief and the spell effects along with the sound track and voice acting. I simply cannot think of anything wrong with this game other than the visuals.
  2. Both complex, yet brilliantly simple, deep but immediately playable, and long-term habit forming whilst retaining the ability to kill you in seconds. It makes heroin look like sherbet dip.
  3. The game is funny. REALLY funny. It makes fun of itself, of typical Japanese RPG conventions, even of Heaven and Hell. Disgaea is the best game of its type to come along in a long while.
  4. The near limitless play potential makes this game a godsend for obsessive, compulsive fans of this style of play, and the ocean deep gameplay ensures that there is always something new to do.
  5. A great strategy game. The game will appeal instantly to anyone who has played "Final Fantasy Tactics," the "Ogre Battle" series, or other strategy games for the Playstation 1.
  6. Perhaps if it had the graphical accompaniment, and the in depth storyline that it deserves, we could be looking at a game that will be remembered as fondly as "Final Fantasy VII."
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. NicholeF.
    Aug 6, 2003
    10
    Get this game if you liked ogre battle for n64 because it is really awesome.
  2. 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. Expand
  3. AceI.
    Aug 28, 2003
    10
    Wicked game!
  4. MarkP.
    Nov 20, 2003
    10
    AWESOME. Period. 'Nuff said!!
  5. KerryM.W.
    Jan 2, 2005
    10
    Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is by far the best game I have come across in a very long time. I am a sucker for replay value and this game will Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is by far the best game I have come across in a very long time. I am a sucker for replay value and this game will never stop. Without even mentioning the lengthy story (which consists of multiple endings), the game has unlimited replay value. The ability to create unlimited amounts of characters, all of which can take up to levels which reach up to (and including) 4 digits...it is incredible. There is so much to do in this game, thanks to the item world. Each item you find in the game has at least 30 levels in it. So whether you're upgrading your items, levelling up your characters or going into the items for unlockables, you always have a reason to keep going forward to do something new. The official web site claims that this game lasts 40+ hours...but I'm currently at 180 and I feel like I'll never finish. Expand
  6. ZENA.
    Dec 5, 2003
    9
    CRAZY AS HELL levels and special moves are insane!!
  7. Apr 11, 2017
    0
    D'un humour douteux très infantile, Disgaea ne fera sourire que les enfants de Forrest, Forrest Gump. En outre c'est tout en anglais.D'un humour douteux très infantile, Disgaea ne fera sourire que les enfants de Forrest, Forrest Gump. En outre c'est tout en anglais. Techniquement c'est une atrocité sans nom dont même une Gameboy aurait honte et les combats en tour par tour sont aussi lourds que pénibles et affreusement lents, le tout desservi par une interface à revoir. Je suis au désespoir : même la poubelle n'en veut pas. Expand

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Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#80 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003