Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories

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Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Disgaea 2.jpg
Developer(s) Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher(s) JP Nippon Ichi Software

NA NIS America
PAL Koei
EU NIS Europe (PSP)
AU NIS America (PSP)
NA SCEA (PSN)

Composer(s) Tenpei Sato
Series Disgaea
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
JP 20060223February 23, 2006

NA 20060829August 29, 2006
EU 20061103November 3, 2006
AU 20061123November 23, 2006

NA January 22, 2013 (PSN)
PlayStation Portable
Genre(s) Tactical role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution DVD-ROM, UMD, download

Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (魔界戦記ディスガイア2 Makai Senki Disugaia Tsū?, lit. "Netherworld Battle Chronicle: Disgaea 2") is a tactical role-playing game developed and published by Nippon Ichi Software for the PlayStation 2 video game console. Disgaea 2 is the sequel to 2003's Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and was released for the PlayStation 2. It is also the predecessor to Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice for the PlayStation 3.

Unlike Nippon Ichi's previous games, Disgaea 2 is on DVD-ROM and has an animated opening movie.

It was re-released for the PlayStation Portable as Disgaea 2 Portable (魔界戦記ディスガイア 2 PORTABLE Makai Senki Disugaia 2 Pōtaburu?) in Japan and as Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days in North America and Europe.

Gameplay[edit]

Disgaea 2 is divided into 13 chapters. Each chapter begins with cut scenes to explain Adell's next mission. Players then take control of Adell in his hometown of Holt. The town serves as a gateway to story maps, side quests, the dark council, and the item world. At the beginning of each chapter, a new area is unlocked. Each area consists of multiple maps which must be beaten to advance to the next chapter. Talking to the gatekeeper of Holt will give players the option of exploring the new area or repeating any maps that have been beaten. Many maps also have cut scenes. Scenes at the beginning and end of each chapter cannot be skipped.

The gameplay in Disgaea 2 builds directly upon that of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness; players control a party of characters to do battle on a 3D isometric grid map.

The Item World game mode returns from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. Players can select any item in the party's inventory and enter it. The levels within are randomly generated, and the difficulty of enemies depends on the item's rarity or power. There are two ways to descend through the Item World: by defeating all enemies on a given level, or by using exit portals located somewhere on each level. Special enemies, called Guardians, can be freed by defeating them, imparting certain benefits to the item, such as increased attack or defense values. Once they are freed, they can be moved between items freely. The further a player descends through a given item's Item World, the higher the stat bonuses it will receive.

The land of carnage was added to Disgaea 2 which is another home hub with all the missions that have been completed, but enemies levels are the original times twenty and plus two hundred. This place can be obtained by collecting 16 pirate maps from the different pirates of the item world.

Plot[edit]

Story[edit]

Fifteen years ago, a powerful Overlord by the name of Zenon appeared in Veldime and cursed its human population. Since then, all its inhabitants have become demons and are to remain that way if the curse was not broken. However, a young man named Adell was the only human unaffected by the curse. Wanting to save his family and return them back to their true form, Adell decides to seek out Overlord Zenon and defeat him. Adell's mother tries to summon Zenon and fails, but instead summons Rozalin, Zenon's daughter. They later go on a quest to find Zenon and return Rozalin to him, and then defeat him so that the curse would be lifted, making his family and the rest of the world human again.

Characters[edit]

  • Adell (アデル Aderu?): The main character of Disgaea 2. Adell is the only human left on Veldime, and has been training for years to defeat Zenon and lift the curse. Courageous and determined, Adell dislikes women, demons and lies, and will never back down from any challenge or resort to dirty tactics. He is nice to those he cares about and will never ever break a promise. Voice actor: Hikaru Midorikawa (JPN) / Shiloh Strong (US)
  • Rozalin (ロザリンド Rozarindo?): The only daughter of Overlord Zenon. Rozalin was summoned during a failed attempt by Adell's mother to summon Zenon. Due to the summoning contract placed on her, she is unable to leave Adell and must help him find Zenon. Rozalin is unaware of the world around her due to her pampered life, with her books being her sole source of information. Because of this, she has no battle experience and tries (and fails) to get Adell killed indirectly on several occasions. In addition, Adell's vow to bring her back to her father begins to make her think differently. Voice actor: Yukari Tamura (JPN) / Wendee Lee (US)
  • Taro (タロー Tarō?): Adell's eleven-year old brother. He and his younger sister Hanako are demons, having been born after their parents were cursed. He starts to admire Rozalin soon after meeting her, and refers to her as 'Princess'. He is a little timid but also a little sarcastic. He is not as confident as the other characters, but he tries to help as much as he can. He is also commonly referred to as 'Tardo' (Taro-chan in the Japanese version) by his sister, Hanako. Voice actor: Hiro Shimono (JPN) / Wendee Lee (US)
  • Hanako (ハナコ Hanako?): Adell and Taro's younger sister. She is bothersome and very cocky, constantly wishing that Adell would take her with him when he goes out to fight. She has great culinary skill. She also uses her cooking pot as a weapon. She adores Etna and wants to be a Demon Lord like her one day, but also wants to be sexier than Etna. Voice actor: Kaori Mizuhashi (JPN) / Stephanie Sheh (US)
  • Tink (ティンク Tinku?): A servant of Overlord Zenon and a childhood friend of Rozalin. After a mysterious person attacked Zenon's castle, he was transformed into a frog. Tink has two forms. In his normal blue form, he is usually very polite, yet very cowardly. On occasion, he will transform into his red form. In this form, he is lecherous and rude, known for causing trouble wherever he goes. Voice actor: Chihiro Suzuki (JPN) / Dave Wittenberg (US)
  • Yukimaru (雪丸?): One of the surviving members of the Snow Clan. Yukimaru is a skilled ninja, at the age of twenty, looking to defeat Zenon and avenge the destruction of her clan. While she is skilled, she has little confidence in herself, and may try to commit suicide if she is unable to complete her mission. Yukimaru ends her sentences with the word zam (de gozaru in the Japanese version) as a way of storing ki. Voice actor: Kana Ueda (JPN) / Lara Jill Miller (US)
  • Etna (エトナ Etona?): The devious vassal from the first Disgaea. After a fight with Laharl, Etna left her position as Laharl's vassal and became a Demon Lord. She is now in Veldime alongside her infamous Prinny Squad in order to defeat Zenon and obtain the title of Overlord. She is as devious as ever, using Adell and Rozalin to get to Zenon before any other Overlord does. Voice actor: Tomoe Hanba (JPN)/ Michelle Ruff (US)
  • Axel (アクターレ Akutāre?): A demon who prides himself about once being popular. Axel was once a famous demon action hero and rock star known by many as the 'Dark Hero', a mastermind of evil. Unfortunately, he is now a reporter for a travel show called 'Tripping with Axel'. Despite this new role, Axel will occasionally try to add action scenes to the show, much to the director's dismay. In the Japanese version, Axel's name was originally Akutare (sometimes romanized as Octalley). In the North American version, Axel's band is actually named 'Akutare'. He never had a band in the Japanese version. Voice actor: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JPN) / Grant George (US)
  • Fubuki (斧雪 Fubuki?): Yukimaru's brother. A mysterious ninja bent on defeating Zenon in order to avenge the Snow Clan. A skilled ninja in his own right, Fubuki is cold hearted and will do anything to destroy Zenon. Voice actor: Takehito Koyasu (JPN) / Kirk Thornton (US)
  • Mom & Dad (ママ Mama and パパ?, Papa): Adell, Taro, and Hanako's parents. Zenon's curse branded Mom with a third eye on her forehead, as well as a purple tail. Dad gained some sort of creature on his chest referred to as a "pimple", as well as gray skin, a horn on his head and longer than average arms. Mom is caring, although at the same time demented due to Zenon's curse affecting her mind. She is very skilled at summoning, though her recent attempt failed to summon Zenon. Dad is more pitiful in his new condition, but still very friendly and worries about everyone despite knowing that everyone but Adell is a demon. Voice actor: Eriko Hara (JPN), Rokuro Naya (JPN) Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (US)
  • Overlord Zenon (ゼノン?): The game's main antagonist, feared as the God of All Overlords (魔王神 Maōshin?), who single-handedly defeated 99 rival Overlords in a single day and has killed over 1000 all together. Due to the numerous enemies looking to kill him, Zenon constantly hides. An Overlord known for his cruelty, Zenon is responsible for the curse on Veldime that turned its inhabitants into demons and the destruction of the Snow Clan. Rozalin, his daughter, is constantly spoiled by him. Voice actor: Norio Wakamoto (JPN) / Lex Lang (US)
  • Masked Man & Masked Woman (仮面の男 Kamen no Otoko and 仮面の女?, Kamen no Onna): Zenon's servants. Nothing is known about them except that they are obedient to Zenon. After hearing that Rozalin disappeared, Zenon sends them out to find her and eliminate those who caused her disappearance. Voice actor: Junji Majima (JPN) / David Lodge(US) / Yuko Sasamoto (JPN)
  • Laharl (ラハール Rahāru?): The main character of the first Disgaea and current Overlord of his Netherworld. He is also upset that he is no longer the main character. Laharl travels to Veldime to drag Etna and the Prinnies back to the castle and become the main character of Disgaea once again. Voice actor: Kaori Mizuhashi (JPN) / Barbara Goodson (US)
  • Flonne (フロン Furon?): The third main character from the first Disgaea. After the events in Celestia, Flonne became a fallen angel and continued to work under Laharl. Even after Etna leaves, Flonne stays and continues to aid Laharl. She travels to Veldime hoping to end the fight between Laharl and Etna and, like Laharl, wants to be a main character again. Voice actor: Yuko Sasamoto (JPN) / Sandy Fox (US)

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 85.65%[5]
Metacritic 84/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C+[7]
GamesRadar 8/10[9]
GameSpot 8.2/10[10]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[11]
IGN 8.5/10[8]
Awards
Publication Award
IGN Best PS2 Strategy Game of 2006[12]

Disgaea 2 has received generally favorable reviews, obtaining an aggregate score of 84 on Metacritic. It received a mention in Gaming Target's selection of '52 Games We'll Still Be Playing From 2006' [13] and won "IGN's Best of 2006" prize of "Best PS2 Strategy Game".[12]

Re-releases[edit]

The official website for Disgaea 2 Portable opened on December 29, 2008.[14] It was released in Japan on March 26, 2009.[1] NIS America announced that they were publishing the PlayStation Portable version under the name Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days. It was released in the United States on September 8, 2009.[2]

The re-release features bonus material over the original, including an expanded playable character line-up(including three of the main cast from the sequel Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice; Mao, Raspberyl and Mr. Champloo), an 'Axel Mode' storyline, more creatable monsters and more powerful versions of existing spells. Features from Disgaea 3 are also introduced, including an enhanced Magichange system, Pass & Toss and Level Spheres in the Item World.

Keeping with the tradition of Disgaea PlayStation Portable re-releases, Music Shops and Data Shops are available, giving the ability to purchase in-game music to play during forays into Item World. Additional content, such as the ability to create female Ronins, is unlocked by having a Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness save file on the same memory stick as the Dark Hero Days save file, as well as downloadable content. The DLC includes; Pram from Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome; Marona and Ash from Phantom Brave; Dark Eclair from La Pucelle: Tactics; Almaz and Sapphire from Disgaea 3; Gig from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters; Pleinair, a recurring character who's the mascot of character designer Takehito Harada; Miabel from a future title called "Princess Antiphona's Hymn: Angel's Score OP"; and a Humanoid version of Disgaea 2's Hanako from 10 years the future, known as "Demon Lord Hanako". Gig, Miabel, and Dark Eclair are only available in Japan due to coding errors by the translation staff.

The North American versions of the DLC, which include Sapphire Rhodondite and Pleinair from Disgaea 3, was released on November 25, 2010 on the PlayStation Network for free due to complaints. The complaints were due to players receiving error messages while saving their game data. The error was caused by players saving their games without purchasing the content. NIS Software received complaints, and has made the game's first DLC pack free as an apology.

A PlayStation 2 Classic Edition of Disgaea 2 was released for U.S. PSN on January 22, 2013.[15]

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