Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
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Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, known in Japan as 魔界戦記 ディスガイア (Makai Senki Disugaia, lit. "Netherworld Battle Chronicle: Disgaea"), is a tactical role-playing video game made by Nippon Ichi for the PlayStation 2 game console. It was published in North America by Atlus, and in PAL regions by Koei. It was later re-released for the PlayStation Portable with extra content, and again on the Nintendo DS. It's about a demon named Laharl, another demon named Etna, and an angel named Flonne. It has two sequels called Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories and Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, though the characters in this game are not the main characters in those games. It's linked to a game that was out earlier called La Pucelle: Tactics, and later games that were made called Phantom Brave and Makai Kingdom: Chronicles Of The Sacred Tomb that have Disgaea cameos. It has an anime called Makai Senki Disgaea.
|Disgaea: Hour of Darkness|
|Developer(s)||Nippon Ichi Software|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS|
|Genre(s)||Tactical role-playing game|
|Mode(s)||Single player / multiplayer (PSP)|
- Major playable characters
- Laharl - The main character. He's a young demon who wakes up after a two year sleep and finds out his father, King Krichevskoy dies, and has to work to become the King of the Netherworld.
- Etna - Laharl's vassal. She's a young demon who helps Laharl along the way. She liked King Krichevskoy, and is critical of Laharl.
- Flonne - A cherub who is sent from a land called Celestia by the Seraphim Lamington to assassinate King Krichevskoy, but finds out he's already dead. Flonne is obsessed with love, and decides to follow Laharl around to find out of demons can feel love.
- Captain Gordon - A human who is sent from Earth by a man called General Carter to defeat King Krichevskoy and stop an invasion, along with his sidekicks Jennifer, a pretty blonde, and Thursday, a robot who looks like the robot from Lost in Space. He's the 37th Defender of Earth. He tries hard to complete his mission, but is not very smart.
- Jennifer - Captain Gordon's sidekick. She's a pretty blonde, but is actually very smart, and built their robot Thursday.
- Thursday - A robot. Was built by Jennifer, and helps her and Captain Gordon.
- Kurtis - A man from Earth who dislikes Gordon and thinks of himself as a true Defender of Earth. He lost his wife and son in an explosion and 70% of his body. He is sent by General Carter to the Netherworld, and fights Gordon.
- Non-playable characters
- Seraphim Lamington - A Seraph who sends Flonne to kill King Krichevskoy.
- Vyers (midboss) - A high-class demon who Laharl battles. Laharl gives him the nickname "Mid-Boss", to make fun of him by saying he's not good enough to be a real boss. He runs into Laharl through the whole game and fights him.
- Archangel Vulcanus - An Archangel who is annoyed by Lamington's actions and that he sent Flonne intead of him to kill Krichevskoy. He works on his own, trying to kill Laharl, Etna, and Flonne too.
- General Carter - A General from Earth who sends Captain Gordon and later Kurtis to the Netherworld.
- King Krichevskoy - Laharl's father, and the King of the Netherworld before he died.
- Big Sis Prinny - A Prinny who is one of Laharl's vassals and looks out for Laharl.
- Baal - A demon who is sometimes called the "Lord of Terror". He's the strongest being in Disgaea.
Disgaea starts in a castle where the player controls Laharl. He or she can buy weapons, armor, accessories, and items, cure their team at a hospital, go to a place called Item World, go to a place called the Dark Assembly, or go to another place through a portal.
The main gameplay is a turn-based strategy role-playing game. The characters start from a blue portal on the level, and the player can take up to ten people out for a battle. The level is on a grid, and each character can move a certain number of spaces. The player can do many things after they are out of the portal, like attacking, defending, or throwing someone.
There are many kinds of items like weapons, armors, accessories, and help items.
The Item World is a world where the player can send the characters into an item. The levels in the Item World are randomly made, and at every ten floors, there's a more powerful enemy and an exit. The more floors the player goes to, the stronger the item gets. In Item World, there are also characters called Specialists. If one of the player's characters kills them, they are captured, and make the item more powerful in some ways. For example, if the player captures a Gladiator, the item boosts the attack power of who's holding it.
- PlayStation Portable: The PlayStation Portable version of this game is called Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness.
- Nintendo DS