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By Jonathan Balofsky On 16 May, 2017 At 11:10 AM | Categorized As Featured, News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Reviews, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Disgaea is a well loved Strategy RPG series that made its home on PlayStation systems, although it did have an entry on the DS. Now the series has returned to Nintendo systems with Disgaea 5 Complete on the Switch. This contains Disgaea 5 as it was on PlayStation 4, and has all the DLC that came with it.

Disgaea 5 is about a conflict between demons in the various netherworlds and has a fully realized plot and characters. In fact, the characters are a major selling point for this game. There is the protagonist Killia, the overlord of Gorgeous Seraphina, Red Magnus and more. Each character has a unique personality and mannerisms and the various interactions they have in the game are always great to watch. Sometimes they are downright hilarious, especially Red Magnus, who is based off pro wrestlers like the Rock.

The gameplay, for those who are not familiar with Disgaea, is similar to the Final Fantasy Tactics series, with battles set up in the same way. You advance around the battlefield and plan your moves carefully. You can team up characters for attacks, throw characters to move farther, and combo your moves. Different battlefields will have different obstacles and each character has unique abilities, including passive abilities that will provide either new challenges or new ways of winning. Disgaea is essentially a 3D game of chess with better visuals and great storytelling. Once you get the idea of what to do, you will start to have a lot of fun and lose yourself in it. Characters have unique moves as well such as the overload, and the different moves for the monsters. Each character has to be handled differently which offers a challenge and a good sense of reward. When you hit the right move, you will be amazed at what you can do.

Then there are the recruitable classes, whom you can interact with when off the battlefield. There are numerous classes that you can hire and customize, including their personalities. This means you can set up your party to be exactly the way you want it, which is a great touch. Speaking of being off the battlefield, there is a great overworld of sorts, with Seraphina’s pocket netherworld serving as your base. there are shops to go to, different characters to interact with, and more skits available. As you progress in the game, you unlock more characters and the world changes a bit each time. The characters are great, with witty dialogue and good voice acting. In fact now is the time to mention that Disgaea 5 has some of the best voice acting ever in a game, along with some amazing music. The visuals are a perfect match for the sound and the skits become great to watch as a result.

If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of a tactical RPG, Disgaea 5 offers several tutorials on how to play the game, each offered when starting a new part of the game or exploring a new mechanic. These do a great job of explaining things and getting you up to speed. If you feel these tutorials aren’t necessary though, then they can be skipped completely and you wont need to worry about hand holding the entire time. The game has a perfect balance with the tutorials and I recommend checking some out.

One thing I found very cool, is that the game still has Trophies from the PS4 version. They even sound have the same sound effect and can be seen by talking to a character in Seraphina’s base.

As mentioned, this version of the game has all the DLC and it is obtainable right away. You have your choice of when you access it though, so don’t feel rushed to use it all.

Disgaea 5 is an excellent experience on the Switch. Whether docked or in handheld mode, this was a lot of fun, and I lost hours to this. I highly recommend checking this out as it is one of the best games for the Switch right now. You will not regret this.

 

A code was provided for this review.

By Jonathan Balofsky On 12 May, 2017 At 01:00 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It seems Disgaea 5 will be a hit on the Switch, at least in the west.

Speaking with MCVUK, Takuro Yamashita revealed something very interesting.

“The UK has been historically the biggest market in Europe for the Disgaea series,” Yamashita stated. “However, talking about Disgaea 5 Complete, the UK is not the biggest one [any more]. I am not sure why this happened. We really need to improve the UK situation for Disgaea 5 Complete.

“The best country in Europe is France because the country has been booming up with the Japanese culture for over last decade,” Yamashita continued. “Another key factor of performing well in France is Disgaea 5 Complete’s support for French text.”

The US, of course, still remains the biggest market for Disgaea outside of Japan, with Yamashita saying it has “a larger JRPG fan base than any other country” besides its native homeland. He also says Disgaea is “one of the well-recognised JRPGs among such US communities.”

Indeed, the western market is becoming increasingly important for NIS America: “The era is over for [Japanese games companies] to just rely on the Japanese market,” says Yamashita.

“In order to make the NIS Group’s consolidated figures better, our western sales is very important. While the Western pre-order units of Disgaea 5 Switch exceeded 110,000 units, the Japanese sell-in number on the game was unfortunately less than 20,000 units. We had predicted this would happen to some extent. However, we were surprised that the gap was much bigger than we thought.”

Why this is so important however, is the fact that with these preorders, the game has outpaced the PS4 version which sold 112 000 copies in the west after release. Again, the Switch version numbers are all preorder numbers, so this means the Switch version of the game will have outsold the PS4 version. This is a big deal for the Switch, as it shows third parties that their games can do even better on the platform than on the PlayStation 4, which could lead to more third party support.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Jan, 2017 At 11:33 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Nippon Ichi Software president Sohei Niikawa recently did interviews with both 4Gamer and Famitsu. When speaking with both sites, he discussed among other things, Disgaea 5 Complete and Switch development.

With 4Gamer, Niikawa discussed porting from PS4 to Switch, and said tt was relatively smooth for Disgaea. He noted there was nothing NIS had to downgrade, and he stated that even in portable mode, the experience still remain same as PS4 version.

In his interview with Famitsu, Niikawa explained why Disgaea 5 was chosen as NIS’ first title. They felt it would be a big hurdle to bring out something completely new at launch and wanted to still make a big impression. Therefore, they chose a project which would be smooth to port.

Niikawa was asked if there were more Switch games planned and he responded with a firm yes. He then asked gamers to look forward to an announcement in the future.

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 22 Aug, 2016 At 08:20 PM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It was announced today that Disgaea 2 is coming to Steam this coming January, The game will have the contents of the PS2 original and the PSP remake and even more content that did not come stateside.

 

 

~ The DEFINITIVE Edition! Includes all content from Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (PS2) and Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP) ~

Darkness is back. Overlord Zenon has cursed the land, and now, Veldime is transforming into a nasty Netherworld. Memories are sterilized, bodies demonized, the world is falling into chaos. The only one unaffected is a young man, Adell. He stands up to fight the curse, but things never go as planned. The haughty daughter of Zenon, a filthy little frog, lovable demon siblings and a washed-up rock star!? No one can ever predict what goes on in the world of Disgaea. And of course, other Overlords refuse to sit still watching…

Key Features:

Choose from over 200 character classes for your squad!
All-new Dark Court system where the good are punished and the evil praised.
The Item World is back! Customize your items to make them even better.
Utilize the new Stack Attack option, adding another layer of strategy.
Enter the Dark World: a hardcore world setting where you can display massive amounts of damage!
Play through Axel Mode and help Axel regain his popularity!
Head over to the Land of Carnage, defeat high level enemies, and claim victory!

New to Disgaea 2 PC:

Updated UI, keyboard and mouse support
New keyboard shortcuts
Playable on Macs & Steam Machines!
Three playable characters that never made it to the West: Dark Eclair, Gig, and Miabel!

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