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Disgaea 5 Complete

Switch owners get an enhanced and feature-packed port of an already great game; a must-have for JRPG fans.

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Nintendo’s Switch got off to a bit of a slow start when it comes to games. Breath of the Wild is great, of course, and the other offerings we’ve seen on the portable wonder so far have been solid, but games haven’t been launching at the same rate as we expect from other consoles. Slowly but surely, though, we’re watching the Switch’s library begin to pick up speed. Case in point: Disgaea 5 Complete, a fantastic full-featured port of a formerly PS4-exclusive classic.

We’ve been over Disgaea 5 already, but in case you’re not familiar: 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. it’s an addictive formula that suits itself well to the hybrid nature of the Switch; you can powerlevel on the go and then play through the plot at home on the big screen, for instance.

The Complete version includes all of the original PS4 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.

Other than that, your main concern is probably with how the game performs on a technical level; given that this wasn’t really pushing the PS4 in the first place, the Switch doesn’t really have any problems with it either. Even the 720p portable mode handles Disgaea 5 like a dream. One would assume that Disgaea 5 would have even worked on the Vita, but we don’t talk about that system anymore unless it’s about ultraniche Japanese games.

If you haven’t played Disgaea 5 yet, you’re in for a treat with Disgaea 5 Complete, and returning players like myself who haven’t had a chance to go through all the DLC will appreciate the additional content. It’s entirely unrealistic to expect a save import feature across platforms, I know, but the lack of such an option is really my sole complaint with this game. That’s like complaining that a game doesn’t give you a Ferrari made of diamonds when you finish it, so it’s not really a complaint at all. Switch owners need to have this one.