This edition of the tactical strategy packs additional content into a game that already bursting at the seams. One major feature of the Disgaea franchise has always been the sheer amount of gameplay included, but Disgaea 5 Complete is possibly the largest game released in this series. Players can make characters with more than 40 different classes to choose from, and work on increasing their skills to level 9999. They can learn new skills in shops and reinforce their equipment by fusing spirits to weapons and items, giving them new abilities. Players can even explore the worlds of items to strengthen this gear, or interrogate captured enemies to turn them to their side. That's not to mention the adjustments to the battle system, with its revenge gauge that unlocks powerful abilities, the team up skills that can be wielded by two or more characters in close proximity, or the squad strikes that can release group attacks against every onscreen enemy. Add to previously released content, like eight bonus episodes, seven fan favorites (like Laharl from Disgaea 2), and three new character classes, including Celestial Hostess and Kunoichi.
Needless to say, this game is deep – there's many more details that haven't even been mentioned that can take you hundreds or even thousands of hours to explore in this game. Arguably, that could be one of the issues against it – it's so big and involved that you might not ever fully explore the whole thing. Another issue that arises is that even with a degree of experience, you can still completely get lost with some of the battle mechanics. It can be very tricky to fully determine how to control the geo panels and geo symbols, environmental modifiers that can affect characters that step in their path. Strike an ineffective one, and nothing happens. Strike the wrong one, and you can damage your characters, while hitting the right one can create a chain reaction that makes your fight easy. It's a balancing act that clearly takes a lot of time to learn and master. Even with that caveat, Disgaea 5 Complete is a massive game that will appeal to a large group of gamers, especially strategy or role-playing game fans.