GamingReview: Disgaea 4 Complete+

Review: Disgaea 4 Complete+

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Disgaea 4 Complete+ is an excellent addition to the Disgaea franchise. Disgaea 4 Complete+ takes everything we love about the original Disgaea 4: A Promise Forgotten and ports the game over to current hardware with added content. As with its predecessors, Disgaea 4 Complete+ looks excellent, providing stylish 2D graphics all in a cartoon style package. The game offers a friendly art style looking relatively fresh on current generation consoles. Despite the Chibi art style, better suited to handheld devices. Although the original Disgaea 4: A Promise Forgotten came out in 2011. It still holds its own and has aged well due to its art style and graphical fidelity.

Staying true to originality

Likewise, much like its predecessor, the game keeps its charming adventurous soundtrack, providing a lovely backdrop behind all of the intense turn-based action gameplay. The soundtrack has a nice variety and provides the perfect intensity to accompany the games, battle sequences and overworld. Disgaea 4 Complete+ battles systems also offer the ideal level of turn-based RPG gameplay. The gameplay takes traditional turn-based battle systems present in previous games and stays original to them. 

A Story Scene

The battles provide real challenge and strategy with various abilities and attacks for your characters to use. Each character has different abilities and can be used in conjunction with one another. Some of my favourite moments in the game was creating combination attacks between my various characters. Thus, the turn-based battle mechanics within the game provide a deep level of strategy. But are at face value relatively simple. The combination of deep-rooted strategy combined with relatively easy-to-pick-up and straightforward battle mechanics makes battle sequences a joy to play.

Likewise, Disgaea 4 Complete+ also has enjoyable but specific customisation options. Allowing you to upgrade and choose from a range of different abilities and skills. Similarly, the game has a considerable amount of content. Including extra content from Disgaea 4: A promise revisited on PlayStation Vita. Therefore, offering significant replayability. Thus, like its predecessors, Disgaea 4 Complete+ is a fun strategic but simple turn-based RPG. That is enjoyable to play with a ton of great customisation and content.

Battle gameplay

Frustrating dialogue

On the other hand, I did find the dialogue within the game, particularly long and unnecessary. Much like Disgaea 4: A Promise Forgotten, this game’s dialogue sections are painfully lengthy between characters and makes the gameplay somewhat disjointed. Similarly, the game’s humour also doesn’t hit home with the same running joke about Sardines granting the main character power being rather annoying after the first couple of attempted jokes. Although I appreciate the game trying to add in humour, it doesn’t work most times and takes away from the game’s enjoyment and pacing. Nevertheless, the game’s pacing is generally good and is only let down by the game’s dialogue. 

Verdict 

Overall, Disgaea 4 Complete+ is an excellent port of the original Disgaea 4: A Promise Forgotten. It brings over the classic simple but strategic RPG turn-based gameplay we loved about the original and brings new life to the game on current consoles. However, the game still keeps the same bugbears from the original Disgaea 4.

SUMMARY

+Appealing graphics
+Charming music
+Strategic but simple battle mechanics
+Great customisation and replayability
-Lengthy dialogue
-Poor humour

(Reviewed on PlayStation 5, also available on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PC)
Jack Boreham
My name is Jack. I've been a video gamer all my life since getting my very first starter Pokemon on the GameBoy Advance. When I'm not becoming a Pokemon master, I'm a freelance writer, podcaster and content creator. You can check out my work on my website PixelPolitics.co.uk

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