I’ve returned to Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, a game I reviewed quite favourably, as all of the DLC consisting of missions and characters has finally been released.
It’s nice returning to the world and characters of Disgaea 5, more so with the DLC characters which include some stars such as Metallia from The Witch and the Hundred Knight and NISA, based on NIS America from the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, and as I’m not very good at SRPG’s their inclusion was much appreciated as they’re notably stronger than my characters! New classes and characters make up the bulk of the content but there are more than a handful of new missions and stories too, including familiar and new characters. Some missions got a few laughs out of me and there’s definitely a few hours worth of good content now that the DLC is wrapped up.
Each new scenario comes with a handful of missions and, once completed, new characters will join your battle party along with new save icons for them (although good luck getting me to change from Seraphina!) Each collection of missions can take a good 40-60 minutes or so to complete and with 8 scenarios to play through, you’ll find yourself kept busy. Sadly, these scenarios lack voice-acting, a strength in the Disgaea series with its quirky humour, which I found myself missing the more I played – I did appreciate the new characters having voice clips in battle though. Another notable omission is the brilliant cast of Disgaea 5 who are mostly missing bar Killia, who appears as a central character in most scenarios.
It’s difficult to go into detail about the scenarios because I don’t wish to spoil them, and as they aren’t very long it’s hard to even be brief about them. I can safely say that they’re cut from the same cloth as the main story where misunderstandings tend to lead to some very funny outcomes, and most tend to be a lighthearted affair that does away with some of the heavier segments of the main campaign. Fan-favourite characters such as Laharl and Valvatorez return, which will be a big pull for fans of the series, and they can be enjoyed by those who haven’t played the previous games in the series that they come from.
The new sprites look just as crisp and clear as the rest of the Disgaea 5 sprites and whilst Nippon Ichi Software might’ve not gone through the effort in having the scenarios fully voice-acted, they didn’t let the visuals be overshadowed by the main game. There are several cutscenes to enjoy which are lively and fun, and some feature jokes from the main story such as Killia’s tendency to eat an inordinate amount of food where he’s viewed as an ‘enemy to women’ for not putting on the weight of it all, and a lot of nostalgic humour for longtime fans of Disgaea.
The content found in the Disgaea 5 Season Pass is undeniably great although maybe not enough to warrant the £28.99 price as there’s a lot less to do compared to the main game, and a lot of the joy will be in appealing to fans of the series who are familiar with the returning characters. If you loved the game then the Season Pass is an easy sell even at its relatively price point, but otherwise you might want to wait for a sale.