Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - PSP - Preview

When Disgaea was released for the PS2 it instantly became an underground classic for hardcore PS2 owners. When the world was consumed with 3D games, Disgaea was a throwback to 16-Bit style games with anime-style characters and 2D visuals. The game was a turn-based strategy game with a crazy assortment of gameplay. The old school graphics, crazy storyline and gameplay hooked enough gamers that you could call Disgaea a title that started the re-birth of hardcore Japanese RPG.

If you’re new to Disgaea I would recommend checking out the review of the PS2 version located here: http://ps2.gamezone.com/gzreviews/r21671.htm. The PSP version of Disgaea is a reworking of the original PS2 title, just shrunk down to fit onto the PSP. In the early preview version I played the PSP version looked, played and sounded exactly the same as I remembered on the PS2. That might sound like a letdown but it really shouldn’t be an issue since the game still looks and sounds great on the PSP’s widescreen. The only small issue I noticed was when walking around with the analog nub; your character would just move way too fast.

Gameplay-wise all of the crazy features from the original game are included with some new additions. The PSP version includes a multiplayer option that allows you to play against another Disgaea owner over Wi-Fi. You will also be able to share items you’ve purchased in your game with friends over the wireless connection. There is a music shop option which allows you to purchase soundtracks and play them in the item world mode. One feature in the PSP version is a secret mode that isn’t that big of a secret if you look just right. Etna Mode allows you to play the game as if Etna accidentally killed Laharl. The gameplay remains the same but the storyline and stage progressions change from the regular version. This mode is almost worth the price of admission by itself.

For anyone that missed out on Disgaea when it was released for the PS2 should be on the lookout for Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness for the PSP. Even if you’ve conquered the PS2 version the additional features, especially Etna’s mode, and great gameplay should still keep you entertained for hours. Sure it’s the same game as the PS2 version along with some new additions, but that should still make this a worthy addition to anyone’s PSP library. Look for Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness for the PSP when it’s released in October 2007.

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