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  • Summary: The Netherworld - a place where might makes right and today's friends are tomorrow's enemies. After a long journey with many ups and downs, Laharl finally finds himself as a full-fledged Overlord. However, the other denizens of the Netherworld do not see him as such, so he sets out on aThe Netherworld - a place where might makes right and today's friends are tomorrow's enemies. After a long journey with many ups and downs, Laharl finally finds himself as a full-fledged Overlord. However, the other denizens of the Netherworld do not see him as such, so he sets out on a journey with his loyal(!?) vassals to receive the respect he deserves. Along the way, Laharlwill meet a girl who claims to be his sister, demons with bigger than usual chips on their shoulders, and find out that even his own body holds a few surprises for him... Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Sep 30, 2013
    91
    After some entertaining but hollow-feeling detours for the franchise, D2 puts Disgaea back where it belongs: the top of the strategy-RPG heap.
  2. Oct 21, 2013
    85
    The story is the usual weak point while the visuals are as outdated as ever. But that shouldn’t keep you from playing this gem.
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    80
    A remarkable sequel to one of the most unique and weird tactical JRPGs out there.
  4. CD-Action
    Mar 5, 2014
    80
    A specific game for a specific subgroup of hard core gamers. [03/2014, p.73]
  5. Oct 3, 2013
    75
    A Brighter Darkness is more than passable, but it’s not my favorite. Compared to Disgaea 4’s ambition and heart, it is a letdown. Disgaea 4 took the series to new places, opening up multiplayer and community, but A Brighter Darkness doesn’t do anything as impressive. This is even more disappointing if you are a fan anticipating a reunion with beloved characters.
  6. Oct 7, 2013
    70
    Disgaea D2 is still a great Disgaea game, but it's a very safe one. It feels like Nippon Ichi software has retreated to a safe corner to heal up for a bit before heading back out to fight. Disgaea fans will slip right into it, but they may also tire of it a bit.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Dec 3, 2013
    50
    Over-complicated. [Christmas 2013, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Oct 8, 2013
    10
    A complete quality of life upgrade over its predecessors. Staff weapons have been completely rebalanced to make magic users dangerous in aA complete quality of life upgrade over its predecessors. Staff weapons have been completely rebalanced to make magic users dangerous in a fight. Apprentices can now be swapped around at will making it much easier to get the spells you want on the character you want. You can now promote a character to their next rank without reincarnating them. Evilities are now decided when the character is created allowing you to choose one of three depending on your play style.

    The new weapon, the book, takes the place of the staff as a weak melee weapon, but it provides the user with powerful summon spells.

    The story begins right where Disgaea 1 left off, but you shouldn't feel like you need to have played the first game, since the entire game is just an upgraded version of the ones before it.
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  2. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    D2 is the best Disgaea published. I am fully ready to accept it as the true heir of Disgaea. D2 returns to the absurd character of Disgaea.D2 is the best Disgaea published. I am fully ready to accept it as the true heir of Disgaea. D2 returns to the absurd character of Disgaea. The banter is amusing again. The mechanics are easy to use and difficult to master.
    Nippon Ichi has removed many barriers that interfered with enjoying the Disgaea series: promotion to next rank no longer requires reincarnation. Weapon skills are earned instead of earned and purchased (ala 2-4). You now choose a mage's or witch's elemental forte instead of rolling and re-rolling the dice. All this allows you to spend less time in menus and more in battle or dialogue.
    In short, D2 is just different enough, having made the changes that matter and undone a few mistakes, D2 is a gem.
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  3. Oct 10, 2013
    10
    This game is the reason that I own a Playstation 3 and the reason I will buy a Playstation 4. This tactical strategy game offers an infiniteThis game is the reason that I own a Playstation 3 and the reason I will buy a Playstation 4. This tactical strategy game offers an infinite gaming opportunity in the form of random dungeons and a reincarnation system that means that you can repeat the process as many times as you like. The difficulty is also completely malleable and tailored to your own personal level. It is easy enough for a child to learn and play, but hard enough for a chess master to strain their abilities to stay alive.

    Is this the perfect game? For some yes. The 2 dimensional manga style graphics will not appeal to some and the Manga style humor may not appeal to everyone (Luckily you can simply skip it all and focus entirely on the gameplay)

    D2 takes the very best from its predecessors and adds suggestions from the fan-base to fine tune the system. Simple things like the ability to separate your team into premade groups so that you don’t have to waste time searching for them in a list. Enjoyable fight cut-scenes that you can turn off in the main menu, or if you prefer just skip them with a simple push of a button as they are performing them. There is even a character in your home base that allows you to change the percentage of experience or money you will obtain as well as cranking up the difficulty by not allowing you to ‘cancel’ an attack order for a wonderfully hardcore experience.

    If you enjoy tactical strategy games you will not be disappointed.
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  4. Sep 28, 2021
    9
    This spin of of the Disgaea series continues the story of the first game aka we get more more from Laharl, Flonne and Etna. Laharl has becomeThis spin of of the Disgaea series continues the story of the first game aka we get more more from Laharl, Flonne and Etna. Laharl has become the Overlord after the events of the first game but the demons in his realm do not respect him and some even did not take notice that there is even a new Overlord. There are other problems as the Kirchevskoy Group is trying to usurp power, a strange flower appears that normally only exist in Celestia (Angel realm) in the demon realm and a mysterious character named Sicily appears and she will turn things upside down. As expected with a Disgaea game we get an awesome crazy story with dark humor and our likable quirky characters (Quirky is meant always positive for a Disgaea game). Those always won me over and are a strength of the franchise. The characters have such a good chemistry and always enhance the games. Gameplay wise we get the strategic Disgaea RPG experience. While other RPGs cap at level 99 here you can reach level 9999 (no typo) and even reincarnate to increase you stats further. You can improve your skills and items also. There is an item world where you can improve all items to ridiculous power levels. You can also throw teammates (do this carefully with Prinnies). There are colored Geo panels with pyramids given effects. Destroying them can cause chain reactions that damage all characters on them. The game has a lot of depth and you can easily get 100 hours of playtime out of it in a single playthrough. There are a lot of things you can unlock later on too. New in this game is the possibility for humanoid characters to mount / ride monsters. The human character can attack and the monster takes damage. There are new mounted abilities and a rating called likability that affects the strength of these collaboration aka mounted abilities. I think the cheap shop was new but can be wrong. You can re-balance certain values like for example more experience for less money in battles. The further you progress into the story the more you can increase / decrease these. In total we get a good and entertaining gameplay system. Together with the story these two parts make a great game. Graphically the Disgaea franchise has its own unique style. I like it but say it is more a preferential thing to be fair. The soundtrack is excellent and enhances the atmosphere. Overall a truly good game in the franchise. It has the awesome Disgaea combination of good gameplay, humor and great characters in a crazy story. I recommend the game for Disgaea and RPG fans. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    There is a plot, but it's not terribly interesting. The main bonus of this game over Disgaea 4 is there are numerous UI and quality of lifeThere is a plot, but it's not terribly interesting. The main bonus of this game over Disgaea 4 is there are numerous UI and quality of life improvements. A lot of things have been cleaned up and are easier to work with now, with almost every change being a positive. Plus, you can have a witch riding around on a prinny. What's not to love? For fans of the franchise it's a solid package and worth picking up. Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2018
    7
    My Rank for Disgaea PS3 is 1. Disgaea 4 , 2. Disgaea D2, 3. Disgaea 3
    Disgaea 4 interesting story and great skill lving, Disgaea D2 best
    My Rank for Disgaea PS3 is 1. Disgaea 4 , 2. Disgaea D2, 3. Disgaea 3
    Disgaea 4 interesting story and great skill lving, Disgaea D2 best graphic and mechanical battle but meh story, Disgaea 3 for story and character but dull fight.
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  7. Feb 20, 2021
    6
    This DlSGAEA title was born & died on the PS3, so l never played it at the time, but now that I have played it, l understand why; most of itThis DlSGAEA title was born & died on the PS3, so l never played it at the time, but now that I have played it, l understand why; most of it is basically filler content & fan-service; XEN0LlTH, the central villain of the plot is just the opposite of what a villain should be— by being heroic to the point of protecting strangers with nothing to gain in return, he is also humble, cordial, kind, well educated, & very polite despite being a demon, in fact, even Laharl is far more villain material than XEN0LlTH; the plot denotes how poorly written the same is, basically things happen just because, like Laharl temporarily turning into a girl without any explanation of why, & later after performing a concert as a girl, he returns to normal without any explanation— {100% fan-service}; all the exclusive characters of the title, with the exception of XEN0LlTH & SlClLY, are just copy-pastes of generic characters with a palette swap or the addition of simple things, such as— "a more mature body", glasses, a hat, etc— on them! So— yup; it was a very lazy title—!! ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    Although— at least the typical DlSGAEA humor & gameplay is also present in it— but updated regarding the ones of PS2.
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