Disgaea: Hour of Darkness


posted 9/25/2003 by Matt Mirkovich
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One Page Platforms: PS2
But the crazy amount of depth to the game doesn’t end there. There is the Item World; it is where you go when you want to level up certain items. Of course depending on the rarity of the item, the enemies that reside within the item will be leveled accordingly. You can just take an item with a rarity level of 15 and expect it to be loaded with level one enemies. Each item has 100 levels to it and you can stop off for a rest after every tenth level. There are also many things to be considered once inside the Item World. For on the field there are these things called Geo Panels. Basically all the panels of that color will have some sort of effect so long as there is a Geo Crystal on it. So say there is a crystal that makes it so that you can’t lift stuff on a blue panel, all the blue panels on the map will have this condition. There are also beneficial conditions to the Geo Panels like EXP 100% or Hel 100%, or ATK 50%. The other thing about Geo Panels is that they can be lifted and set on other panels or they can be destroyed. In the case of destroying them they will neutralize the panels of said color and will deal damage to anything on them, or they will simply change the panel color, there is usually one crystal that will nullify all the panels on one color, if you manage to convert all the panels to one color and knock out the null crystal then expect massive bonus points. Also be advised that Geo Panels will show up in the normal game, it is only in Item World that they make their destructive presence known. Also your garden-variety gunner character can shift the colors of the Geo Panel so make sure you take advantage of that.

I’ve only scratched the surface of what you can do in this game, my next play through with some more beefed up characters will make getting some of those hidden endings that much easier. If you’ve got a PS2 then head out, get this game and get ready for a good time courtesy of Atlus, they’ve struck gold on this one. Never mind the graphics, they take a back seat to the real stars, the excellent story, and battle system.

Atlus brings us a quirky strategy RPG that is sheer brilliance, do not under any circumstance miss out on this one.

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