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Disgaea 5 Complete

Posted by GG Goblin On June - 7 - 2017

Completely crazy and crazy complete.

 
Nippon Ichi’s Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance originally launched on PS4 a couple of years ago, back in 2015. As the latest entry in the tactical RPG series, the game once again offered players more content than you could shake a Prinny at, while throwing systems around with gleeful abandon and maintaining an almost complete lack of seriousness. It was both the perfect sequel for veterans and the ideal starting point for newcomers. Sure, it could be confusing at times, and the grinding could be a bit of a drag. But realistically, what could of made the game better?

 
How about being able to play the game on the bus?

 
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Disgaea 5 Complete is now available on the Nintendo Switch and while it is exciting enough to get another boxed game for Nintendo’s latest console, surely the highlight here is being able to wade through hundreds of hours of gameplay in handheld mode? Disgaea 5 is a great game to play on the big screen, and it works great here on the Switch through the TV, but there is something about the amount of time that a player must invest that invites mobile play. Complete a dungeon while on the train, or whilst waiting in the car (which I seem to do a lot) – this is the bst way to play Disgaea 5.

 
Those who played Disgaea 5 on the PS4 will not find much difference in the Switch version of the game. The core game remains the same. However, in this case Complete really does mean complete as the game also comes with all of the substantial amount of DLC that was launched for the original game. This means that the hundreds of hours of gameplay are extended with the addition of extra scenarios and characters. When it comes to value for money, it really doesn’t get any better than this.

 
The story in Disgaea 5 revolves around a demon called Killia who is trying to destroy the evil Void Dark. Void Dark and his army are taking over the Netherworlds, where the game is set. Killia’s character is perhaps the weakest of the massive cast, but he quickly comes across the overlord Seraphina, who happens to be much more likable. Together, Killia and Seraphina will travel the Netherworlds and meet up with other strange and quirky characters as they build an army to overthrow Void Dark.

 
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It is not the most original story, but it is the fact that the game doesn’t take itself seriously that really makes it shine. Taking into account that everyone in the game is supposedly evil, the varied bunch of silly characters that players will encounter make the game so thoroughly entertaining. Some of the humor does lean a little close to the edge, but for the most part the banter between the characters and their own strange personalities is absolutely spot on and carries the game.

 
Players will build up a massive roster of characters to take into battle, including the chance to have monsters that they defeated earlier join their teams. Characters all come with different abilities and skills that can be improved upon and tweaked, giving players a huge variety in the way they approach combat and set up their teams.

 
The combat takes place on an isometric map and players move and complete actions with each member of their team before the enemy has their turn. There are a huge number of different mechanics for players to learn along the way, such as the Geo Panels, which characters work best with each other, and even a revenge system. This can be confusing and some of the systems will take some playing around with to work out how best they can be used. For the most part though, these systems are introduced slowly as the game progresses and players are given some explanation and a chance to play with them before the next system is dropped into play.

 
Disgaea 5 complete looks absolutely great on the Nintendo Switch, both on the big screen and in handheld mode. The bright colours pop from the screen and the animations are large enough, even in handheld mode, to make out all of the detail. Complementing the visuals, both the soundtrack and the voice work are equally as impressive.

 
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The original Disgaea 5 on PS4 was one of the most accessible games in the series, and this is perhaps even more important with the Nintendo Switch version. Newcomers are welcome then, but there is also plenty here for the veterans. Disgaea 5 Complete is a tactical RPG that is brimming with content and feels at home on the Nintendo Switch, making it an essential purchase for any JRPG fans that happen to own Nintendo’s new console.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 



 

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