Disgaea 5 Complete Review (Switch)

Disgaea series has always been a great fit for a portable console because of the way the game is designed. It is perfect to play in short bursts of time and with a brutal difficulty curve, what’s better than to play it during a work break especially if you don’t have the time that is required to grind for some high level weapons.

Disgaea 5 was originally developed and released for the PlayStation 4. The game received some great critical reception including our own review, which gave it a 9 out of 10. It is hard to improve on a game that already had a solid launch but Nippon Icchi has managed to do exactly that, and released an excellent port of Disgaea 5 for the Nintendo Switch that comes packaged with all the DLC that has been released so far and also utilizes the portability of the console to deliver the definitive version of Disgaea 5.

If you have already played Disgaea 5 but are in the market for a new Switch game, the release of Disgaea 5 Complete should scratch that itch of a long, meaty SRPG. If you never bought any of the DLC for the game, you might enjoy the new additional characters and story segments that are present in Disgaea 5 Complete. These DLCs were a part of the Disgaea 5 Season Pass on the PS4 and included more than 8 different story scenarios taken from the previous Disgaea games and a grand total of 6 DLC characters.

The story of Disgaea 5 is all about revenge for Killia and Seraphina, who are on a mission to kill the Demon Lord Void Dark. The main story is comprised of stages, each of which has its own unique challenge. There is plenty of side content along with the story missions that allow you to get new weapons, characters and even attempt some of the DLC scenarios revolving around the past Disgaea games. It is a huge game on its own that will take you several hours to complete.

What makes Disgaea 5 Complete a fun ride is its cast of characters. They have always been the most fun part of the series and this game is no exception, with a mixture of dark humor and satire, the game manages to flesh out its character in a way that the player can feel attached to them. Even the side characters have a personality that shines thanks to the writing by the localization team. However if you were hoping for animated scenes for the major story sequences, you will still have to settle on the same old text-based dialogues that advance the story here. This is not necessarily a bad thing but a change of pacing here would be nice.

Combat might feel overwhelming in the start because there is an abundance of information in the game, however if you are not a newcomer and have played any of the past Disgaea games, you shouldn’t have much issue in transitioning to this new entry. Each game in the Disgaea series has always managed to distance itself from its predecessor so while playing them can make you appreciate the characters that are introduced in each game, it is not necessary here. This means that if this is the first time you are playing any game in the series, you shouldn’t have much issue getting yourself familiarized to the world and its characters.

Disgaea 5 still relies on an animated art style with a mixture of 2D and 3D for the sprites, however it retains most of its look from the PS4 version in the transition to Nintendo Switch. The game looks crisp and clear even in portable mode and the frame rate is steady during even most of the flashy looking combos. The controls for the Switch version have been carefully designed around Joy-Cons and the Pro Controller so even if you have played the game on PS4, it shouldn’t be an issue to get into the new control scheme for Disgaea 5 Complete. However despite the Switch having a Touch Screen, it was disappointing to find out that there is no native support for Touch Screen here.

Disgaea 5 Complete is the definitive way to experience the charming cast of characters and the addictive nature of strategy based combat. It beautifully encapsulates the experience for Nintendo Switch allowing users to play it on their TV or in Portable mode with a seamless transition between both modes. It might not offer something new if you already played the game on PS4, but it is the only portable version of the game after the tradition of every game being released for a portable, it is the best way to experience Disgaea 5.

Disgaea 5 Complete Review (Switch)

Game Reviewed on: Switch

Game description: As a new and terrible Overlord named Void Dark seeks to enslave the countless Netherworlds, one young demon has stood to end his reign-Killia. In Disgaea 5, players lead Killia and his tenacious army of rebels on their dark and dangerous path to vengeance.

Summary

Disgaea 5 Complete is a great port that not only bundles all the DLC in one package, it also manages to utilize the potential of the Nintendo Switch hardware to improve the experience from the original release of the game.

9/10

Khurram Imtiaz

Editor-in-Chief at GearNuke. I am a hardcore Final Fantasy fan and generally enjoy a good JRPG. When I am not posting news, I can be seen sharing my thoughts over at Twitter.

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