In a time where everything is in 3D, it’s refreshing to come across a game that still utilizes 2D Sprites – enter Disgaea 5 – Alliance of Vengeance.
I’m unable to copy the synopsis from the official website (who da heck uses images for text!?) so I’m going to summarize it in the most simple way I can – High-ranking individuals from various worlds band together to take down the evil lord that they all have grudges against. 😀
That’s pretty much what it is, every new character introduced has some for of vengeance towards the Demon Emperor Void Dark.
Disgaea 5’s gameplay mechanics is simple, just navigate the character around, talk to NPCs, initiate missions and quests. Simple, right? The story-telling is as if watching anime, of course this is expected when you’re playing a JRPG.
Just like any other RPG – you’re expected to have a wealth of customization and Disgaea 5 doesn’t disappoint. Character class, weapon types, modifications for stats boost and elemental attack or resistance, so on so forth.
The game has even more to offer when it comes to combat, for example having the characters band together in adjacent squares can lead to combo attack, depending on their character attributes. The special characters like Overlords have added ability that can turn the tide of combat. Not enough manpower? Sure, go ahead and hire characters and build them up. Setup squads for various purpose and even propose bills for your advantage. There’s so many things in this game that if I were to write everything about it the review will become a user manual.
As a player you’ll need to take note of your crew’s strength and weaknesses against opponent composition and terrain type. Completing each mission will help you progress with the story, however you are able to replay missions to level up and acquire gears.
The in-game tutorial is good, you won’t miss out anything if you pay attention. You can always refer to it later on but basically you’re covered as long as you don’t skip the tutorials.
The game starts of very easy but once you hit Episode 3 or so the missions can get really tough. In some cases I could pass a mission once and couldn’t pass it on my a later attempt when my crew is stronger, talk about strategy going amiss.
Graphics and Audio
The game uses 2D sprites for all the characters and the character design is quite limited. For example the warrior character you hired, you’ll come by enemy characters using the same price sooner or later, just having different color scheme.
While the sprites are in 2D, the environment is in 3D and you are able to rotate the camera, there are 4 fixed camera angle but the rotation is animated.
Audio-wise, the voice acting for the game is excellent and so is the background music, as for the sound effects they’re nothing to be praised.
Disgaea 5 – Alliance of Vengeance retails at around RM 200 which is not the cheapest of games but neither is it too expensive either. I’ve never played any earlier Disgaea series but I totally enjoyed Disagea 5.