On the surface PS2 port/update Disgaea 2 is ridiculous. Its characters include a Gallic frog with multiple personalities, a faded TV star with delusions of grandeur and Prinnys - the series' much loved exploding surf-penguins.
Such knockabout silliness is an effective antidote for the collective angst of countless Final Fantasy games, but it doesn't make your team easy to like and the plot feels throwaway.
Not so the battle system. The endlessly complex tactical combat boasts more depth than most straight strategy titles, and the RPG elements mean you're constantly ﬁ ne-tuning your squad and honing your techniques. It's dense and rewarding stuff.
Some will struggle with the isometric viewpoint, many more will be scared off by its complexity but its no less brilliant for its lack of compromise. Another stellar entry in the series then, but not one for newcomers.