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  • Summary: The sixth home console entry to the Disgaea series tells a tale of revenge, and of rebellion. As a new and terrible Overlord named Void Dark seeks to enslave the countless Netherworlds, one young demon has stood to end his reign—Killia. In Disgaea 5, lead Killia and his tenacious army ofThe sixth home console entry to the Disgaea series tells a tale of revenge, and of rebellion. As a new and terrible Overlord named Void Dark seeks to enslave the countless Netherworlds, one young demon has stood to end his reign—Killia. In Disgaea 5, lead Killia and his tenacious army of rebels on their dark and dangerous path to vengeance. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 100
    This is by far the best Disgaea game we’ve seen, and it is a strong contender to be the best tactics RPG ever created.
  2. Sep 23, 2015
    90
    In terms of game mechanics, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is possibly the strongest entry in the franchise. Almost every change it makes is for the better, and the core gameplay has been polished and refined in countless ways.
  3. Oct 6, 2015
    87
    Few franchises can get away with feeling this similar from version to version, but Disgaea is just that deep, requiring you to understand and exploit character stats, equipment attributes, and class abilities at a level most modern RPGs have abandoned in the name of accessibility.
  4. Sep 22, 2015
    80
    Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance is arguably the most complete package in the series. Despite an unnecessarily long campaign that's home to some surprising difficulty spikes, it's still an excellent strategy venture that will give you plenty of bang for your buck.
  5. 80
    Disgaea 5 is an excellent title for any gamer, but the interesting mechanics, impressive visuals, and expansive universe make it a must-play for tactical RPG enthusiasts.
  6. Sep 22, 2015
    80
    The game and its numerous systems are a complete time sink that allows you to spend dozens of hours building your perfect character, and then tempt you to do it again a few more dozen times. Disgaea 5 is the biggest and most satisfying installment in the series to date, and It could easily be the last one you ever need to buy.
  7. Jan 14, 2016
    50
    When it isn't being a frustrating game, Disgaea 5 can be a lot of fun. Once things slow down to grind, however, the story may be the only thing that will keep players going.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Oct 6, 2015
    10
    Regarding an issue that seems to be bothering some: don't give the game a negative rating because it crashed on you-- it's not the game'sRegarding an issue that seems to be bothering some: don't give the game a negative rating because it crashed on you-- it's not the game's fault it's the fault of PSN/NISA. Give them a few days to fix the issue before you condemn the game to a bad rating.

    For poorer folks like me who have very little money to go around Disgaea 5 is a godsend. With the wide selection of characters, and the numerous variations with classes, and the fact that they can all go to level 9999; this game lasts a very very long time. You never run out of places to battle either since the Item World randomly generates itself, with each randomly crafted stage providing a new selection of strategic ways to tackle it. It takes a while to get the basics down and expand on the overwhelmingly massive amount of selections to choose from but you'll have plenty of time to prefect your playstyle since this game can support itself for hundreds of hours. You can quite literally build your own army from scratch and use them to conquer every obstacle in your path. Customizing every aspect of each individual soldier along the way, from colors, to voices, to stats and weapons, there are an endless number of combinations for you to experiment with. For those willing to put in the time you'll find yourself beaming with pride at the army you've raised from rags to riches.
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  2. Oct 24, 2015
    10
    I am impressed. excellent combat system, beautiful graphics, nice music. a lot of skills, recruits have level up, many weapons. Good ideaI am impressed. excellent combat system, beautiful graphics, nice music. a lot of skills, recruits have level up, many weapons. Good idea implementation.Very like a combination of 2-3 characters. that's cool. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2015
    10
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    One of the best Disgaea's out there, and has a lot of new features that will make you spend over 200+ hrs. Some of the new
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    One of the best Disgaea's out there, and has a lot of new features that will make you spend over 200+ hrs. Some of the new features are, you can send units to explore netherworlds to get items and prisoners, give classes a sub weapon, go beyond a characters natural evilities, an Innocent Farm that allows you to store and grow your innocents, and many more. Like many other Disgaea games out there, this one is focused on revenge, with a somewhat more mature story. Without spoiling the game, the story follows Killia and teammates on getting revenge on Lord Dark. I would say this is a must buy if you like tatical games that also require a little grinding.
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  4. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    ** OVERALL 8.5/10 ** Gameplay 9/10 - Creativity 8/10 - Music 9/10 - Visuals 8/10 - Characters 7/10 - Plotline 7/10 - Emotional Engagement 7/10** OVERALL 8.5/10 ** Gameplay 9/10 - Creativity 8/10 - Music 9/10 - Visuals 8/10 - Characters 7/10 - Plotline 7/10 - Emotional Engagement 7/10 - Replayability 10/10 - Difficulty */10

    If you’ve played the other Disgaea’s, definitely give this one a shot - while the characters are oddly non-Disgaeaesque in a weird way, the gameplay is a refined version of previous episodes. In particular, the transition from phase to phase, even the grind of the post-game, was much smoother.

    If you like Studio Trigger stuff in anime, the feel of this series is very Kill La Kill and Gurren Lagann.

    And if you like to grind, this is grinder’s heaven. It’s not necessary to complete the regular plot line of the game, but if you want to, there’s a HUGE post-game as well as new-game+.

    If you haven’t played one, then the closest game to Disgaea is Final Fantasy Tactics. At least in gameplay, but not spirit and character - that’s something truly unique to Disgaea. It makes you feel like you’re cheating. Really. It “lets” you do things that you wish all the other similar games would, even the ridiculous ones. Toss characters around. Undo movements of characters and receiving a heal in the corner. Wear 3 pairs of shoes. Level unrestrainedly. Almost limitless control over item features and strengths. That and the characters and situations are crazy and funny. It’s always a good time.

    Gameplay is smooth and the controls are very fluid. It’s a strategy game, so it’s not like you need fast reflexex, but there are places where you can grind and do the same battle over and over for varying reasons, and you can generally count on a menu system that makes sense and has lots of shortcuts, so that you can select things repeatedly.

    It’s a fairly creative and interesting work that they build. Maybe I’ve seen too many Disgaeas, so it’s not super different from previous ones, but it’s still memorable.

    The music is a real strong suit. Not quite as good as wanting to listen to it outside the game and after I beat it, but there’s a large selection of music, and you have control over what music you want to hear in your base or Item World, including a random medley of songs you choose.

    Visuals are cute. It’s not mind-blowing graphics in the epic and artistic sense, but character designs are really well done. It’s deliberately cartooney but well drawn. Both animated sprites and cut scene detail drawings. Have to take a point off for fan service though. All women are exploding-boob barbie types. Yeah they’re literal Succubi, but still, can’t we at least include normal women as well? Yeah the Thief and Archer aren’t sexualized, but that’s about it.

    Characters are a mixed bag. Some were fun, some were weird but interesting, and a handful were just annoying. Other than Sera (who is annoying but has her moments), most main characters are cool, though. However, the antagonists are pretty rough and shallow.

    Plotline’s interesting but nothing to write home about. It’s a series of excuses to get into battles. Don’t look for anything as deep as the actually interesting FFT plot line.

    Emotional engagement is mainly pretty low but it has a couple hard-hitting moments.

    The replayability is very high, as there’s both a post game and a new game plus. And with the amount of things to play with even in post game, you can keep from being bored even when grinding, as there’s always more than one thing to work on or do.

    Difficulty is a bit hard to place. There’s a literal sliding scale difficulty setting in the game that you can shift around, but that’s generally for deliberately raising levels in some places to grind and bring people up in stats. You can’t turn it down “below normal”. I’d say that 80% of the game is fairly easy, though there are a few surprisingly difficult stages. The post-game also is not that hard in the challenging-stage sense, it’s a minmax game where you do somewhat easy things many times and build up some new skill or stat that will move you forwards. If you’re not high enough level, it’s hard. But you can grind for a while and then breeze as well. I did every Carnage World level with basically one solo character, except for the end bosses. But I was very overpowered by then.

    Overall, it’s an addictive and deep game. If you like battle strategy, definitely give this whole series a shot.
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  5. Nov 30, 2015
    9
    I'll be honest, this was my first Disgaea game, and while I am not new to tactical RPGs, this game provided a real challenge... Maybe I'm justI'll be honest, this was my first Disgaea game, and while I am not new to tactical RPGs, this game provided a real challenge... Maybe I'm just bad.

    -Great story: Check
    -Likeable characters: Check
    -Prinnies: Check
    -Kawaii cutscenes: Check
    -Quirky humor: Check
    -As stated > Fun, challenging battles: Check
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  6. Nov 2, 2015
    8
    My first Disgaea ever, even though I've ben gaming near two decades with RPG's being my main genre.
    It is overwhelming to say the least, the
    My first Disgaea ever, even though I've ben gaming near two decades with RPG's being my main genre.
    It is overwhelming to say the least, the depth of the combatsystem (the shear potential of options), the levelcap (9999 for characters, 500 for items), the line-up of allies (100+)...
    It is turnbased and takes place on several set and random boards on which you position yourself, which adds more strategic elements to the game.
    That being said I would summarise its bad points as being too cartoony, a horrible and boring story and the most annoying thing about it being the fact that a game like this, taking 100's of hours to fully complete, has one combat- and one menusong.. You can feel your braincells killing themselves.

    Anyway, nothing Spotify can't remedy.

    I'd advise this game to any strategy-gamer!
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  7. Oct 16, 2015
    0
    Stopped playing after 5 minutes.. the display system is poorly-implemented orthogonal and the sprites look like they're from a terrible indieStopped playing after 5 minutes.. the display system is poorly-implemented orthogonal and the sprites look like they're from a terrible indie game. Not up to the production quality I expect from PS4 games. Sprites don't pop off the background so it's hard to distinguish them. Voice acting is absolutely awful. Tutorial does the actions for you, which is always annoying because you have no control and are just watching a video at that point. More JRPG tropes, this is why the genre is dying. Expand

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