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  • Summary: The Overlord is dead. The Netherworld is in turmoil. Time to kick some ass! Netherworld Prince Laharl awakens to fight for his throne and it's up to him and some unlikely allies to defend what is rightfully his. Together with his devious vassal Etna, the angel trainee Flonne, and a wholeThe Overlord is dead. The Netherworld is in turmoil. Time to kick some ass! Netherworld Prince Laharl awakens to fight for his throne and it's up to him and some unlikely allies to defend what is rightfully his. Together with his devious vassal Etna, the angel trainee Flonne, and a whole cavalcade of explosive characters, Laharl will slash, shoot, and punch his way to the top. Build your squad to level 9999 and unleash crazy special skills, team attacks, and spells to deal millions of points of damage in this zany high-definition remake of an RPG classic. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 2, 2018
    90
    Disgaea 1 Complete is an overall improvement from the original game both visually and in terms of performance. Including also all of the extra content, Disgaea 1 Complete is a game that deserves to be a ‘must’ within the Tactical RPG genre.
  2. Oct 12, 2018
    90
    The first adventure of Laharl and his companions returns with great visuals, some new features and last, but not least, the complete edition offers all of the extra content we met in the portable versions of the title.
  3. Oct 21, 2018
    84
    With the revamped visuals, the very first Disgaea finally looks at least like a game from the last console generation, while the content proves roughly 14 years after its premiere that as a tactical roleplaying experience Laharl, Flonne and friends are still a force to be reckoned with.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    80
    If your tastes aren’t yet accustomed to the complexity of tactical RPG titles, it’s unlikely Disgaea 1 Complete will take your fancy. In harnessing all the staple features of the genre and bringing an assortment of new elements to the table, it’s more of a game for tactical RPG veterans as opposed to curious newcomers that may find the game overwhelming and otherwise daunting. If your interest is still piqued, however, don't be deterred, for scratch beneath the surface and you'll uncover a commendable remake with exciting new features for longtime fans, and a classic title that still excels in narrative and gameplay alike.
  5. 80
    What you’re really getting out of Disgaea is a lot of fact-paced, tactical gameplay, tons of grinding well beyond what you see in similar games, and quirky, off-kilter humor that will appeal to your inner irony goth.
  6. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    Disgaea is as good as it was 15 years ago, although visual update aside, you won’t find anything new here.
  7. Oct 8, 2018
    80
    Disgaea 1 Complete is the definitive version of the first game in of the best tactical RPG franchises ever.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 18, 2018
    8
    If you missed this game at its original release now is the time to experience this one. The HD remake is extremely well done with improvedIf you missed this game at its original release now is the time to experience this one. The HD remake is extremely well done with improved sound and visuals. Between the story, item world and the ability to power up enemies and your characters to insane levels the game play options are vast. The game obviously is not perfect, some of the battles are difficulty not because of the enemies but because of their seemingly careless design and at times the dialogue can be exceptionally corny. All in all tho the game is a great time. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    3
    Let me start by saying that Disgaea 1 Complete is probably my least favorite iteration of the game, even though they've had every chance ofLet me start by saying that Disgaea 1 Complete is probably my least favorite iteration of the game, even though they've had every chance of improving upon the game in so many ways. Compared to the newer titles in the series, Disgaea 1 has some very dated mechanics that feel clunky and are not very intuitive, and most of these remain unaltered in D1C, for better or for worse.

    This is one of the areas where I feel like implementing some of the improvements from the newer titles would have helped, but I guess you could argue that they wanted to keep the original experience intact, except they have made so many lazy changes to the various sprites of both humanoid and monster classes, as well as weapon models, that it barely feels like the same game anymore.

    For example, instead of manticores we now have skeletal dragons, yet they are still called manticores in the game... They also changed the thief class from the old male version to the newer female catgirl type. Brawlers, mages, and many of the monster classes are completely changed, just because they chose to copy/paste the sprites from the newer titles instead of making HD versions of the original designs. I wouldn't be so bothered by this if we could at least choose to play with the original graphics, but that's not an option.

    It may seem like nitpicking, but the old character/monster designs is one of the defining features of the original game, and with all the lazy copy/pasting, this game feels more like a quick cashgrab rather than a remaster, and it definitely doesn't feel like the definitive version of anything.

    At least there's one big improvement over the original game, namely the ability to skip skill animations, although it has to be toggled on or off in the options, you can't simply press or hold a button whenever you want to skip something. There's also a dialogue skip feature which I don't believe was present in the original (holding R2 to quickly skip).

    It's an OK game overall, but since you'd be so much better off with the PC version (in my opinion), you might as well get that one instead, unless you don't mind all of the changes.
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