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Disgaea 5 Complete

Despite missing some features Nippon Ichi PC fans can enjoy an otherwise fine port of Disgaea 5.

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Look out, folks! It’s another PC port and it’s coming right for you! Yes, the modern trend toward porting pretty much everything to PC continues unabated and I’m just as pleased about it as I always am. Today we’ve got Disgaea 5 Complete showing up on Steam. Yes, you may have already seen – and enjoyed – this port of ports elsewhere, particularly on Switch, but despite some unfortunate omissions, it’s a welcome addition to the PC’s growing lineup of Japanese friendly imports.

One more time for posterity: the evil Demon Emperor Void Dark is trying to take over the entire universe! His army, the Lost, is practically unstoppable. The only ones with the power to stand up to him are the Overlords, the leaders of entire Netherworlds who possess immense demonic power. As Killia, a wandering martial artist with a mysterious past, you’ll lead a rebel army comprised of Overlords and demons alike against Void Dark and the Lost. Disgaea 5’s a little darker in tone than previous entries in the series, but there are still plenty of hilarious moments and references throughout the story.

This is Disgaea, of course, so that’s going to mean light strategy-RPG action with a big focus on level grinding and character development. Most challenges can be overcome with smart play, sure…but Disgaea is completely happy with you finding the best way to powerlevel and hitting that up until you can win by sheer numerical advantage.

The Complete version includes all of the original version’s DLC. That includes crossover characters, new classes for created characters, more maps to play through and so on. This was easily my favorite part of this version of the game, since my initial experience with Disgaea 5 was on a pre-release review build, meaning I didn’t have access to any DLC. It’s all well-made and interesting and it adds a lot to the spread of content available here.

The PC version has its ups and downs. On the up side of things, Disgaea 5 is on PC so it’s going to look and run about as well as it possibly can. On the down side, meanwhile, pretty much all of the game’s network-related features have been torn out. In particular, that means you lose your map editor, which is a bit of a shame. There’s still plenty to do and see regardless, of course, but if networking was a big deal for you then you’re going to consider that an issue.

Regardless of the missing features, the PC version of Disgaea 5 Complete is a solid buy given the $40 price tag – I don’t know if I’d call it the definitive version of the game, but it’s not bad. There’s a nice, sizable campaign to enjoy and loads upon loads of DLC. I’m still a little sad you can’t import saves between platforms, but that’s hardly a dealbreaker. If you don’t have a PS4 or a Switch, then you ought to check out Disgaea 5 Complete on PC. Next up, maybe we’ll see the increasingly-aged Disgaea 3 or 4 make their way to PC…