When I reviewed Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance on the PlayStation 4 way back in October 2015, I awarded it 7/10.
Go on; give it a read if you’ve not done so already. With retrospect I might have been a tiny bit harsh on it, as after playing the game on the Nintendo Switch, my opinion of it has definitely changed for the better.
Releasing tomorrow, 23 June in the US and on Friday 26 June in Europe, Disgaea 5 Complete for the Nintendo Switch is a title that’s definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of strategy RPGs. While I enjoyed my time spent with it on PlayStation 4, for some reason it just seems more compelling on the Nintendo Switch, especially when played in handheld mode. The high-definition 2D sprites look simply gorgeous on the Switch’s screen and performance is rock solid, meaning you lose nothing by playing Disgaea 5 on the go. Once you factor in that the game has virtually no loading screens past the initial boot up and a very lenient save game system, you have a wonderful title that’s just great to pick up and play whenever you get the chance.
As you’ve probably already guessed, what with the name Disgaea 5 Complete, the Nintendo Switch version of the game includes all of the DLC released since its PlayStation 4 launch. That means it is absolutely bursting at the seams with content. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance was already a huge game without any extra bells and whistles, but among all the goodies included in this version are additional stories, bonus characters, free equipment and a shedload of money. It’s all accessible via a Special Content NPC in the game’s hub world, but, if this is your first time playing Disgaea 5, I’d maybe refrain from activating it all from the outset.
Activating the additional stories will make the mission select screen rather confusing for someone who hasn’t played the game before, and many of the other extras make the difficulty of the game trivial when enabled at the start. Using a squad of souped-up special characters also takes away some of the magic of building and developing your own motley crew of knuckleheads, so bear that in mind too. If you’ve already played the game before or want to just go crazy however, then feel free to throw caution to the wind and enable everything you can and go wild. That’s what I’ve done, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Regardless of how you choose to approach Disgaea 5 Complete, it’s perfect for any Nintendo Switch owner that wants a healthy dose of strategy in their lives. It’s colourful, it’s funny, its gameplay has a hell of a lot of depth, and it feels right at home on Nintendo’s new console. What more could you want?