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Disgaea 1 Complete

Disgaea 1 Complete Feels Really Lazy

Posted By   MrCoughing's Avatar MrCoughing
April 13th, 2019

One thing I've learned about lazy localization and ports, is that as you go further and further into the game, the quality drops significantly. I've seen it several times before, and it seems to stem from the fact that most people who play video games don't actually finish them, so resources are spent mostly on the beginning, where most people will be playing.

I've finally made it a decent amount into Disgaea 1 Complete. From the very start, I felt that while Disgaea 1 was a great game, that the price of the game for the quality of the remaster was too high.

A common trend I've noticed is that Disgaea 1 Complete seems to use a lot of things from Disgaea 5 Complete, like textures. These were used in Disgaea 1 Complete in a few locations, but the issue is that sometimes, you can see low resolution stuff from the original game that didn't quite make it as something that got remastered. You'll probably encounter this right away, as in the main hub there's a few things that look blurry and clearly haven't been remastered, like the skull on the desk next to all the stores.

I've finally managed to make it close to the end of the game, and I stumbled upon this horrifying canon...

As you can see, it's not even rendering properly. It looks like someone managed to really mess up the 3d model, UV unwrapping, or something. There are these weird triangles all over the thing and it's supposed to be round. You can even look inside of the large canon, where there is supposed to be metal, and some of the texture is flat out missing and just appears black.

This looks absolutely horrendous. And, as I said earlier, it always seems like a low quality port's or localization's quality massively nose dives towards the end of the game. And here I am at the end part of the game and I'm seeing things like this. Screwing up this badly, while I don't like to attribute things to malice, would be difficult to do intentionally. The canons look absolutely horrible.

The North American version was brought to North America by NIS America, though I have no idea if this is their work or the work of Nippon Ichi Software (NIS). I paid $50 for Disgaea 1 Complete. I thought I would get a high effort, quality remaster for that price. I was very wrong.

I don't mind seeing these types of things in a remaster, if the price is right. It doesn't entirely detract from the gameplay. But if NIS wants to charge $50 for a game that has these sorts of issues, it's just far too much.

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