Review: Disgaea 5 Complete (PC)


Another Disgaea Entry Enters PC Gaming

I immensely enjoyed Disgaea 5 when I originally played it on PlayStation 4, so I knew I had to get the Complete Edition on Steam when it came out. I would have gotten it on the Switch, but I didn’t have one at the time. I would get it on the Switch to have the game on the go for sure.

The Disgaea 5 Complete, as the name states, it’s the complete version of the game with all the available DLC, but aside from that, it has all the same features from the original version. It’s still one of the best in the series and one of the best titles within the genre available this generation.

Disgaea 5 Complete (PC)
Developer: NIS America
Publisher: NIS America
Released: October 22, 2018
MSRP: $39.99

Luckily, you don’t need to play any of the previous Disgaea games to jump into this one, mainline games and spinoffs alike, as Disgaea 5’s story is different from its previous entries. So if you’re looking to try out the series, you can’t go wrong starting out with this one. I would still recommend trying out the first two Disgaea games available on Steam, either before or after this one, as well.

In Disgaea 5, the demon emperor “Void Dark” along his army of soldiers known as the Lost has been devastating numerous Netherworlds. The Overlords of those Netherworlds, desperate to defeat “Void Dark,” begin an unlikely alliance to save their realms.

The game introduces Seraphina, a sheltered princess and daughter of the demon king of the Gorgeous Underworld, and Killia, a young male demon protagonist who seeks revenge against the Demon Emperor, Void Dark. These protagonist alongside the rest of the cast are vivid and likable and follow pretty the tropes of your typical JRPG.

Even on my second run, I still have issues with the game’s pacing. The story starts off a bit slow in the beginning, particularly during the 10 hours or so of the game. The only thing that keeps you hooked is the over the top dialogue and that’s not until later on in the game where the story and the character development evolves.

Once you wrap up the tutorial stuff, that’s where your adventures begin. You will be able to access the main lobby, allowing you to buy items, equipment, and skills, as well as take up some quests. There’s also a Hospital available where you can heal your party after a dreadful quest where most of your characters have low health or have died. It really offers everything you need during your adventure.

Like it’s predecessors, Disgaea 5 is a traditional strategy RPG that gives the player control of many different colorful characters in traditional grid-based maps. Unlike your typical turn-based JRPG, strategy RPGs require more tactical actions as how you set up your moves is imperative for victory.

The game has neat features such as lifting and throwing other members of your party into Geo Panels that are out of reach. This can be useful if you want to send characters even further in return of using a character’s (the lifter) turn. Additionally, when throwing Prinnies, they can be used as a bomb. However, the will die.

Disgaea 5 introduces a new feature called “Revenge Mode” where a character can gain new abilities, receive stat boosts, bring their critical hit rate up to 100% and allows them to perform a special “Overload” skill. Each Overload skill defers by the character, for example, Seraphina’s charms all men around her. Revenge Mode is usually triggered when party members are fallen or hurt. Disgaea’s gameplay mechanics have improved and gives players the liberty to many strategies and different playstyles.

The Disgaea series has always offered a good collection of tracks, even with this latest installment. However, my main complaint is that the track that usually plays in the main lobby can be kind of irritating, which makes it kind of annoying to spend any time there.

If looking for a Strategy RPG fix on PC, you can’t go wrong with Disgaea 5. The new features make the gameplay experience even better, and of course, you’ll have access to all of the DLC as well. The over the top humorous setting is great and the story and the characters never cease to entertain.

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Disgaea 5 Complete reviewed by Christian Chiok



Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures



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