Color me surprised. I honestly never thought the successful
Disgaea would be graced
with a sequel, but I am happy to be proven wrong. Featuring
a new cast and some familiar faces, Disgaea 2 tells
the story of the peaceful land of Valdime, which is cursed
by Overlord Zenon, turning all humans into monsters, except
for Adell. At the start of the game, players will build their
army from Adell's land, but as you progress, new worlds will
become available. Alongside Adell is Rozlin, Zenon's daughter,
Yukimaru and Axel. Fan favorites Etna and the Prinnys make
Those who played the original game will find a lot of similar
elements in this sequel (if it ain't broke...). Of course,
you'll have the option to create your soldiers in the Character
Creation screen by spending collected mana points. These characters
will be "students" to the character whose mana points
are used to create them. Bonuses can be acquired by using
both the student and their "master" in battle.
Battles play out on a grid-based field and the Geo Panel
system makes a return. Found on the field will be Geo Symbols
which provide bonuses and penalties which make even the most
mundane battle interesting.
As with the previous game, you'll have access with the Dark
Assembly - a demonic legislative body that allows you to make
requests to affect the game, like altering the strength of
enemies or decreasing the price of items. Of course, you'll
have to bribe, and on occassion, kill some of these legistlative
members, but one must do what they must to succeed. Along
with the Dark Assembly is a Dark Court which players are punished
for breaking certain rules.
Also making a return is the Item World, where a player can
enter an item and work their way through levels to make the
item, weapon or piece of equipment stronger.
Visually, the game already looks wonderful. The levels are
clean and show a nice bit of detail. The character sprites
are colorful and show both detail and personality. Character
design is similar to the previous title with some updates
to keep the styles fresh.
Set for an August 2006 release date, DIsgaea 2 looks
to pick up right where the first one left off. Fans are sure
to be waiting impatiently for this one to come out.