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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Goal of each level is to kill as many enemies as you can, while pocketing bonuses for doing so.
Positive Role Models
Characters are anything but positive: mouthy prince Laharl, who hates mention of love, friendship; his brash, mouthy sidekick Etna; Flonne, an angel trainee who loves everything good, tries unsuccessfully to change Laharl's ways. Dialogue between characters is snarky, downright rude.
Ease of Play
Like most turn-based strategy role-playing games, this one can be hard to get hang of, takes a long time to learn if you're a first-timer. Veterans can literally play this game for hours with limitless opportunities to level up, unlock bonus features, discover worlds, play as different characters.
Violence & Scariness
Theme of game is violence, but it's mildly shown on-screen. No blood, gore, but tons of weapons to use, bad guys to kill.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most girl characters scantily clad with short skirts, cleavage showing. Mild references to sex through game, but pixelated nature of characters limits impact during gameplay.
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"Dammit," "hell," "stupid," "s--t" thrown around frequently.
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Products & Purchases
Based on original Disgaea, elements of follow-ups in series found throughout gameplay.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mild references to drugs in storyline, but you have to pay close attention to dialogue to hear it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disgaea PC is a downloadable turn-based strategy role-playing game (RPG) that's a remake of the original Disgaea, featuring many of the same characters and enemies as before. If you are unfamiliar with turn-based strategy games, you will come to realize very quickly that it takes time and patience to learn how and where to place your character in battles, while familiarizing yourself with the never-ending world and characters that are in this game. This style of play could frustrate some newcomers to the genre, but if they stick with the game, they'll discover players can level up characters to 9,999 and then move these heroes to new games, which lets them start all over even stronger. The game also features tons of hidden eggs, zany characters, and endless bonus points to be unlocked and spent on your adventures. This franchise is also well-known for its mouthy and scantily dressed characters who use words such as "damn," "hell," and "s--t" throughout. There are also some scant drug references, and there's some violence with a wide array of weapons, although the pixelated gameplay visuals and lack of blood or gore minimizes the impact.
Is It Any Good?
Once you learn how this deep and complex strategy role-playing game works and how to navigate the characters, it's pretty straightforward to explore and fight your way through. But while it's easy to go along and kill enemies at each stage, it's not always clear where you're supposed to go, and navigating the never-ending Netherworld can be confusing. There also have been some obvious and well-known glitches in the speed of the game since the original release, and they've carried over to this version as well. At least the developers are aware of this problem and suggest that players disable VSync and turn off all the image filters to get the best gameplay experience.
The colorful anime artwork shows off the characters and helps tie in the storyline. Although the game is known for being zany and over the top, Laharl and Etna both grate on the nerves as they whine and complain about the situations at hand. While the dialogue can be entertaining at times, it mostly comes across as annoying childish banter. Attacks and battle scenes are repetitive, and while it's fun to see your points climb like crazy, gameplay becomes stale after a while. But players can literally play for hundreds of hours since there are so many things to do, bonuses to score, and enemies to defeat on each level. If you like strategy, crazy characters, and a plot that keeps on going, then you can easily get lost in the world of Disgaea. Just know that you will have to deal with some repetition, confusing play, and annoying dialogue to explore it fully.
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