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[Early Thoughts] Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance


What is it with the year or so? Cities: Skylines ends up being one of the best city builders ever. The Witcher 3 ends up being one of the best RPGs ever. MGSV hits on high notes all over (albeit not as well as the previous two titles). Divinity: Original Sin, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Dungeon of the Endless, Endless Legend were/are all awesome. Now Disgaea 5 is shaping up to be the best SRPG (JSRPG?) I’ve ever played.

The game starts you off by meeting the vain princess of the netherworld known as Gorgeous. It’s the richest netherworld in all the land and naturally this means she’s never worked a day in her life. The character is a bit obnoxious but in all the ways that people in that sort of life tend to be. Soon you meet the yang to her yin, a mysterious brooding fellow that has the most cliched voice imaginable. I absolutely love it, there is something about it that is so on the nose that it makes it ok with me.

And then, without getting too far into the game, we meet my favorite character so far, Red Magnus. He’s super amazing, he’ll even tell you as much. Red Magnus is the red fellow in the cover photo above. He’s relentlessly funny to me and I really dig his character. Imagine if Mr. Satan from Dragon Ball were actually a demon. Every character that has been introduced works for me, I find them all amusing when they are intended to be amusing and irritating when they are intended to be irritating. Obviously if you don’t enjoy weird Japanese culture or all the quirkiness therein, this might not work for you. But I do, so hot dog!

The number of things you can do is off the chain. They’ve revamped the Chara World, the Item World, added in some other bitchin’ stuff that I don’t really want to talk about because I’d like you to discover it too. I’ll start writing guides for all of it shortly. I can already tell this is going to be a platinum experience. The number of ways you can augment your characters, gather new minions, new items, and new places to play is crazy balls. The quest feature, though kinda light, helps to add lots of little additional goals for you. It acts a bit like a smart tutorial system, causing you to unlock things you might have otherwise missed.

And naturally the sound direction is great. NISA might outsource to people who drive me bonkers, but with their Disgaea titles they almost always hit it out of the park. This is no exception. There is one song that Liz doesn’t like but I just turned it off and replaced it with my favorite song so far. The art is sparkling and crisp, every sprite jumps out of my television. The maps all look great. The spells all look great.

Yeah, just all around, unless this game pulls a MGSV I don’t see it getting anything but 5 stars from me. Here’s hoping it doesn’t, but knowing the last 4 games, I doubt it will.

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