by Jason Parker (Ragachak)
You know what the worst thing about buying a game more than once is? Other than spending money on a game twice (or in some games, five, six, seven times)? The DLC. Having to spend money, or choosing to spend money on that again is absolutely infuriating. Well, when I saw that Disgaea 5 was coming to the Switch, I was leery. Not because the game is bad, far from it. It’s actually my favorite game in the franchise so far. But the fact that it comes with all, and I mean all of the DLC that the original game came with, that matters. To give you an idea, I bought the Season Pass for Disgaea 5 on PS4, and it was 34.99. What did it come with?
Scenario: Disgaea D2: Laharl Episode
Scenario: Disgaea 4: Valvatorez Episode
Scenario: Disgaea 4: Fuka Episode
Scenario: Disgaea 3: Mao Episode
Scenario: Disgaea 3: Almaz Episode
Scenario: Disgaea 2: Adell Episode
Scenario: Makai Kingdom: Zetta Episode
Scenario: La Pucelle: Priere Episode
Character: Celestial Hostess
Character: Girl Laharl
Complete DLC Bonus: Pleinair
That is a lot of content. The Scenarios, when completed, unlock even more powerful characters. Laharl unlocks Laharl, Etna, Flonne, for example. All of the main characters from past Disgaea games can be unlocked, and then also Priere (La Pucelle Tactics) and Zetta (Makai Kingdom). The bonus characters including Nisa (Nippon Ichi Mascot), Metallia (Disgaea 2: A Brighter Darkness), Girl Laharl (Jiggly Fanservice Laharl), some of the other unlockable class types. Having Angel at the start of the game makes things so much better. Oh, and it also comes with a Squad of Prinnies (including Pringer, who can’t explode) if you want to do an all-Prinny run. Oh did I forget to mention, there’s a 1,000,000 HL DLC? Yes, you can start the game with tons of HL, so you can hold off, and once you’ve done some power-leveling, you can create the characters you want. Or you can just run an all-star team of named, important NPCs and just smash your way through the main story. I feel like a lot of people who don’t own PS4s, would love to dig their teeth right into this turn-based RPG.
And the Nintendo Switch has something that the Playstation 4 does not (quite) have: Portability. Sure you can play stuff on your Vita, but that requires you to also have a Vita, and still be fairly close by. Not to mention this game runs flawlessly on the Switch, portable mode or otherwise. There are a lot of Nintendo fans, loyalists, diehards, marks, call them what you will, that didn’t play Disgaea and might worry about missing out on some of the story (except the Nintendo DS port of Disgaea). You don’t need to have played the other games. It helps to understand the land you’re playing in, but these Netherworlds aren’t featured in other games. Trust me when I say: You do not need to have played the other games first. It helps but it’s nowhere near required. Plus you can bring those characters on board in the DLC, and then maybe you’ll decide you want to play the other games.I hope they come over too, to be honest. I was worried it might slow down a bit with some of the combat effects, but as of now, it certainly has not. How did this game not get a Vita port? That just doesn’t make any sense to me. To give you an idea, I drive my grandmother to physical therapy for her knee. So when I’m waiting, I just undock my Switch, slap Disgaea in it, and level while I wait.
The Red Scarf is a Symbol of Justice: 4.5/5
Disgaea 5 plays amazing on the go, and it’s really nice for travel to have some mindless level-grinding. You might not want to sit in front of the TV. Maybe you want to get a few levels while you’re laying in bed, or in the passenger seat of a car trip. And as this game’s level cap is 9999 (and you’ll likely hit it repeatedly, with the Reincarnation System), it’s not like you’re going to run out of in-game content to do anytime soon. Is it a grind-fest? Of course! It’s a Nippon Ichi game. That’s what they do. It’s what we’ve come to know, love, and expect. Do you need to hit that daunting level to beat the game? Just like I said in the original review, of course not. You don’t need to go much beyond level 100 to just “beat” the game. But the post-game is where Disgaea really shines, and really begins. There are ways to expedite the process, or at least make it a little faster, with special stages, the Cheat Shop, Tower Stacking for damage. There are so many clever things you can do in Disgaea to change how you play. You can power-up your weapons in the Item World. You can bribe Senators in the Senate to get what you want. If that fails, you can beat them up!
What I love about Disgaea on the Switch is that I can play anytime, anywhere. It’s not a trash mobile phone port, it’s not a PC port with insane, unbelievable issues that have to be patched to make it playable. It’s playable, it’s perfect, it’s beautiful. It’s the same game you had on the Playstation 4, with the same hundreds of hours of content. But it’s absolutely worth playing again, even if you already played it on the Playstation. There are so many technical things to get into about this game for mastering it. One review would not do it justice. The right stages to level on, the right team comps, what Innocents you need on weapons/armor to be really efficient. Teaming up and how to get the most of it. It’s a whole exciting world that will leave people enthralled who love a good strategy game. The story is ludicrous and there is a wonderful blend of comedy, drama, and despair. The Netherworlds are losing hope, and Emperor Void Dark is consuming them all for his empire. What exactly does this rogue Demon have to do with it? Why is he fighting Emperor Void Dark? What’s at stake? You’ll just have to play it and see.