Disgaea 2

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Disgaea 2
Developer(s)Nippon Ichi Software
Director(s)Haruo Sotozaki
Shinichi Ikeda
Producer(s)Sōhei Niikawa
Designer(s)Masahiro Yamamoto
Shinichi Ikeda
Composer(s)Tenpei Sato
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
PlayStation Portable
Microsoft Windows
ReleasePlayStation 2
  • JP: February 23, 2006
  • NA: August 29, 2006
  • EU: November 3, 2006
  • AU: November 23, 2006
  • NA: January 22, 2013 (PSN)
PlayStation Portable
Windows, macOS, Linux
  • WW: January 30, 2017[4]
Genre(s)Tactical role-playing game Edit this on Wikidata

Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories[a] 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[b] in Japan and as Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days in North America and Europe. It was re-released on Steam in 2017.


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.[citation needed]


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.


Aggregate scores
GameRankingsPS2: 85%[5]
MetacriticPS2: 84/100[6]
PSP: 83/100[7]
PC: 81/100[8]
Review scores
GameSpy3.5/5 stars[11]
IGNBest PS2 Strategy Game of 2006[14]

Disgaea 2 has received generally favorable reviews, obtaining an aggregate score of 84/100 on Metacritic.[6] It received a mention in Gaming Target's selection of '52 Games We'll Still Be Playing From 2006' [15] and won "IGN's Best of 2006" prize of "Best PS2 Strategy Game".[14]


The official website for Disgaea 2 Portable opened on December 29, 2008.[16] It was released in Japan on March 26, 2009.[2] 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.[1]

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.[citation needed]

A PlayStation 2 Classic Edition of Disgaea 2 was released for U.S. PSN on January 22, 2013.[17]

A port of the game for PCs titled Disgaea 2 PC was released on January 30, 2017, and includes all content from the PS2 and PSP versions, along with an updated interface and support for mouse and keyboard.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Japanese: 魔界戦記ディスガイア2 Hepburn: Makai Senki Disugaia Tsū, lit. "Netherworld Battle Chronicle: Disgaea 2"
  2. ^ 魔界戦記ディスガイア 2 PORTABLE Makai Senki Disugaia Tsū Pōtaburu


  1. ^ a b "Disgaea™ 2: Dark Hero Days". NIS America. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  2. ^ a b 電撃オンライン. "電撃 – アデルとロザリーにまた会える! 新要素満載の『ディスガイア2』がPSPに降臨!!". News.dengeki.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  3. ^ a b Jellymedia. "KOEI TECMO EUROPE Ltd". Koei.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  4. ^ a b "Disgaea 2 coming to PC via Steam on January 30". Gematsu. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  5. ^ "Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  6. ^ a b "Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  7. ^ "Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  8. ^ "Disgaea 2 PC for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  9. ^ "Disgaea 2 Review for PS2, PSP from 1UP.com". 1Up.com. Archived from the original on 2006-12-02. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  10. ^ Greg Kasavin (September 5, 2006). "Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories Review". GameSpot. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "GameSpy: Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories – Page 1". Gamespy.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  12. ^ Brett Elston (30 August 2006). "Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories review". GamesRadar.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  13. ^ Jeff Haynes (30 August 2006). "Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories Review". Ps2.ign.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  14. ^ a b "IGN.com presents The Best of 2006". Bestof.ign.com. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  15. ^ "52 Games We'll Still Be Playing From 2006: Part 1". Gamingtarget.com. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  16. ^ 魔界戦記 ディスガイア2 PSP (in Japanese). Disgaea.jp. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  17. ^ Rain (January 12, 2013). "NISA Prinny Bomb 292". Nisamerica.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14.

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