Retro Gaming 00’s- Disgaea: Cursed Memories: (2006)

When it comes down to classic RPG’s from the 2000’s decade there were countless titles that appeared on game systems like the PlayStation 2 and the PS3. While we had games like Diablo II, Final Fantasy X & X-II along with Final Fantasy XII, Persona 3 and Persona 4 there were also ton RPG titles from the 2000’s that have been overlooked. One of the few RPG’s that most likely got overshadowed in countries like America including Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories from 2006. For those who do not know Disgaea: Cursed Memories was both developed and published by Nippon Ichi Software and was initially released for the PlayStation 2 before appear on other game systems like the PSP back 2009. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories was the direct sequel to the Disgaea Hour of Darkness game which came out back in 2003 for the PlayStation 2. While the Hour of Darkness game from ’03 arguably had a more compelling storyline Disgaea 2 was also a pretty solid RPG in its own right. While the sprites in Disgaea 2 looked outdated by mid 2000’s standards the artwork was terrific and the voice acting were both among two of the game’s strongest features.

The story for the game revolved around a demon hunter named Adell who wanted to destroy the main antagonist Overlord Zenon; who was responsible turning humans in the world of Veldime into demons fifteen years prior to the start of game. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories was a tactical RPG that had an isometric grip map and was divided into thirteen different chapters. Players could control seven different characters including Adell, Rozalin who was the daughter of Zenon along the likes of Tink, Hanako, Taro, Yukimaru and Etna. The combat system Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories was easy to learn because it had a fighting tutorial which helped players b adjust to everything battle related. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories had multiple endings which added to its replay value which made for a more memorable JRPG than almost anything else from 2006. Despite, not being a massive commercial success Disgaea 2 was probably one of the most underrated JRPG’s of the mid 2000’s along with the likes of Rouge Galaxy. Disgaea 2 probably would have been a bigger deal if it appeared on the PlayStation 3 and should have been re-released for popular games system during the 2010’s like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

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