DISGAEA 1 COMPLETE
By Dyllis "Mimi Mochi" Harmans on October 2, 2018
It has been 15 years since the beginning of the Disgaea series, and what better way to celebrate this than by remastering the very first game in High Definition, yeah! Disgaea 1 Complete includes Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, a game that was first released in 2003 for the Playstation 2. Now, 15 years later, both old and new players can enjoy this game and get (back) into the series!
I have always wanted to play Disgaea, since the anime-like characters really peaked my interest, but I never knew where to start. There were just so many different games and spinoffs. Then, with the release of the Nintendo Switch, a friend of mine bought Disgaea 5 and it looked like so much fun! And now that I got the chance to play the very first part, of course I wanted to dive right in!
You play as Laharl, the only son of Demon King Krichevskoy, overlord of the Netherworld. Laharl had been asleep for 2 years. Waking up he hears that his father had passed away and now the Netherworld is without ruler. Demons from every part of the Netherworld are trying to take the throne, but Laharl will not let them. Together with Etna he sets out on an adventure to take back what is rightfully his by fighting all demons coming his way. Along the way he meets new foes and allies, creating an emerging story.
The characters are really well designed. I especially like Flonne, an Angel in training who is sent down to the Netherworld by her superior. She feels like it is her job to teach the demons what love is. The enemies you have to fight are the demons that are trying to overthrow you. It is a strategy RPG, so you really need to think before making your move. At the beginning of the game every enemy is still quite easy to defeat, but after a while it does get more difficult. There is also a lot of information to process in the beginning, with many tutorials and explanations for first time players, but you get used to it pretty easily.
Once you wake up, you are in the castle, where you can move freely and have shops and NPC's at your service. This is also the only place you can save. It all works very smoothly, and you run through the castle in no time with the speed Laharl is walking with! Something I do still have to get used to are the geo stones. Because even after the tutorial, it is still a bit of an abstract idea to me and I keep messing things up with the damage system.
The way you battle is by placing your characters on the battlefield. Then you can make them move and give them orders. Once everything is set, you click on execute after which your companions start to attack. Then when your turn ends, the enemies will begin theirs. You finish the level after all the enemies have been defeated. Back at the castle is your base, where you can go to heal your companions and buy new gear. You can also create new minions to assist you in battle. Each minion has their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Brawlers are strong with their fists and Clerics can heal you in battle. You can set their ability points and even give them a name!
The game is really pretty and colorful, surrounding a dark theme. They did a great job at redoing all the designs. I looked up some footage from Hour of Darkness, and the remake is so nice! The characters are also super cute and funny, and music fits well with the battles and the additional story.
I love playing this game, and I am so grateful for getting to play it even before its release date! I haven't finished it yet because it is a game giving you many hours of gameplay (say 80+ hours). This is definitely a very popular series and since it is a remake of the very first game it really has the potential to attract both new and old players. I think the game will pretty much sell itself! It also really reminded me of Stella Glow for the 3DS, something you might also really enjoy playing if you like Disgaea. I also recommend checking out Luminous arc and Phantom Brave if you like playing strategy role playing games with an anime vibe to it.
DISGAEA 1 COMPLETE
October 9, 2018 (US)
October 12, 2018 (EU)
October 19, 2018 (ANZ)