So far we have seen several interesting turn-based strategies for the PlayStation Portable and without the doubt will see more of those in the future. One of those strategies might be Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. As you know, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days are tactical JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) that has already been released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006 and it’s the predecessor to Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice for the PlayStation 3. After the release on PlayStation 2 time has come to see Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days for the PlayStation Portable. Will Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days live up the fame of its bigger brother that has been released for PlayStation 2? Let’s find out.
I’ll be honest with you, while other games are trying to be simpler and easier for the casual gamers, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is doing the opposite, and unlike other games on the market it provides surprising level of complexity so if you’re looking for a complex game Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is the right one for you. Unlike its bigger brother on PlayStation 2, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days for PlayStation Portable offers several new chapters and hours and hours of great turn-based strategy.
If you have ever played any Disgaea game before you surely know that story revolves around bad characters that are actually good deep inside and now it’s the same case. The story takes place in a fantasy world of Veldime that has been cursed by the evil Overlord Zenon. Zenon has turned entire humanity into demons except Adell that must defeat Zenon and get his family back. Adell and his mother are trying to summon Zenon but instead of him, they manage to summon his daughter Rozalin. That way Adell and Rozalin team up in order to find the Zenon and this is how the story begins.
If you’ve played any Disgaea game before you’ll feel quite familiar with the Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. All missions in Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days are undertaken from your hometown, Holt. Holt works as you headquarter and from it you can take new missions, organize your army, create new characters, heal your characters, and shop for better equipment. Besides Holt, a huge part of gameplay takes place on a battlefield. As for the battlefield, it’s an isometric square grid in which player and computer take turns to move their units. Each character on a battlefield has a certain move range and after you move your character you can use spells, items, special attacks or normal attacks. You can even lift or throw your enemy and get some interesting results that way. It feels a lot like Final Fantasy Tactics and if you’ve played it before you’ll feel quite comfortable with Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days as well. Interesting things on battlefields are Geo Panels that can change the statuses of you the characters that are standing next to them or you can simply destroy them and cause some serious damage that way. As for your army, you start with five characters but you can create new characters and choose one form fourteen classes. Some classes aren’t available at the beginning and you’ll have to meet certain requirements in order to unlock them. Interesting thing about Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is that each class has six subclasses that improve certain attributes. If you want to level up your character to the max you’ll need a lot of time because the max level that you can achieve is 9999. Besides characters you can level up your items by visiting the Item World. In Item World you enter a random generated dungeon where each floor is represented by a level. If you manage to beat the floor you’ll get a level up for a certain item and the more floors you beat more levels you’re going to get.
Game has it’s unique humor but unlike in other Disgaea games the main character isn’t a villain that turns good, instead he’s just standard good guy that we see in other RPG games. Like mentioned before Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days has its own unique humor and all fans of Japanese anime will be pleased to know that Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days includes both English and Japanese voices and you can easily switch between them from the menu.
Overall, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is a great game if you enjoy deep turn based strategy and complexity. On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy in complexity and prefer something casual and simpler you’ll probably get confused with Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days soon enough, but besides its complexity Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days is one great game.