VGJ Commemorative Drawing

I drew this to commemorate some of the characters featured in early VGJs. 

Bottom row, left to right (foreground): Danette, Izabela, and Gig (Soul Nomad and the World Eaters); Taro and Hanako (Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days); Travis Grady and Alessa Gillespie (Silent Hill Origins)

Middle row: Welch (Star Ocean: The Last Hope); Chris Redfield (Resident Evil 5): Tink (D2: DHD); Amy (Soulcalibur IV)

Top row: Flemeth (Dragon Age); Meracle Chamlotte and Faize Sheifa Baleth (SO: TLH); Raphael Sorel (SCIV)

If the first several VGJs were collected into a book, this would be the cover.

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – Final Stats and Adventures in Item Descriptions

Final Stats
Total Playtime: 120+ hours
Adell will actually get hit with a felony for the player playing too long. Woah.
Total HL: 2.9 million-plus
Highest LV: Tink (95)
Lowest LV: Hugo the Basilcrow (eight)
The Rest:
Rozalin: 78
Yukimaru: 68
Taro: 63
Adell: 27
Hanako: 24
Etna: 21
Highest HP: Alucard (2,699)
Lowest HP: Boggart the Magius (109)
The Rest:
Tink: 2,386
Rozalin: 1,992
Taro: 1,637
Yukimaru: 1,530
Adell: 930
Etna: 463
Hanako: 369
Highest ATK: Tink (1,906)
Lowest ATK: Rio the Sniper (89)
The Rest:
Yukimaru: 1,290
Adell: 1,102
Taro: 841
Rozalin: 522
Hanako: 426
Etna: 207
Some base stats enhanced by equipment.
Funny Felonies
Tink’s felonies include “being a loser”, excessive force, and “existing”. Aurelia, a Blue Mage, has too many murders and Geo Vandalism on her rap sheet.
Adventures in Item Descriptions
Scale Mail: “Not completely to scale.”
Opera Glasses: “See the play without suffering the music.”
Forest Bow: “Ironic, because it’s made of dead trees.”
Opened Soda: “Highly unsanitary.”
Garlic Water: “Why would anyone drink this?” Because they’re Wario?
Bat Soup: “Waiter! There’s soup in my bat!”
Double Slap: “Sorry baby! Why did you make me do that?”
From the “should they really be joking about this?” file.
There’s also a weapon called Father’s Fist. Just thought you should know.
Flick: “Hits so hard your kids will feel it.’
Bastard Sword: “A real jerk at times, but he gets the job done.”
Elven Bow: “A famous elf used it to return a lost ring.” Ooh, is it Link?!

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.44 Magnum: “You gotta ask a question – do you feel lucky?”
Serial Axe: “Snap, crackle, pop! You’re dead.”
Spikey Shell: “Jumping on this one is a bad idea.”
The Accursed: “What a horrible night to have a curse.”
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.
The Dream: “Oh, it was all just a dream. Or was it?!”
Confusion: “I’m calm! I’M VERY FREAKING CALM!”
I react much the same way when someone tells me calm down.
Chain Mail: “Will kill you if you don’t pass it on. Wait-!”

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – Final Thoughts

First of all, PHEW. That took a long time to finish. Somehow, this VGJ felt like it took more energy than any of the others so far. I’m not entirely sure why because I still like the game, but this fatigue makes me want to think critically about the game. I decided that it’s kind of the opposite of Soul Nomad and the World Eaters in that I like that game’s story more than that of Disgaea 2. However, I like the gameplay in Disgaea 2 better because it’s easier to understand and grind in the game. Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – Final Thoughts

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – April 4th, 2016: The Princess’ Secret

April 4th, 2016: The crew finally found Zenon again.
Tink: “He looks like he is ready for a nap.”
Holy crap, Etna. “You old men are all the same… No stamina. And now us girls have to find our own way to amuse ourselves.”
Zenon: “Altered humans…! Do you truly believe you can defeat me, Overlord Zenon?”
Adell: “I don’t know, but I’m sure we can take out a fake one or two!”
Zenon laughed wickedly. “I shall devour every human conscience!”
Oh, great, Adell. Sure, taunt the fake, egomaniacal, power-hungry Overlord.
Zenon: “Hmph… Once I get the Princess back, I’ll have no more use for this world! I’ll just find another human world to conquer! But don’t worry about that, because you’ll already be dead!”
Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – April 4th, 2016: The Princess’ Secret

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 23rd, 2016 – April 1st, 2016: Affection

March 23rd, 2016: Once the crew entered Zenon’s Castle, a pained Zenon appeared before them.
Yukimaru: “My clan shall have its vengeance!”
Zenon: “*Pant* You are here, too. How does everyone know where I live?” You have no idea. :3
Hanako: “He’s all beat up already. Are you sure he’s the last boss?”
Rozalin told the imposter that she would cleanse her father’s legacy by beating him.
Zenon: “Princess… I am your father. I have watched over you ever since you were born.”
Rozalin: “You still persist with your lies! I shall match your shamelessness with mercilessness!”
“Have you forgotten my wealth of affection…? The beautiful mansion I built for you. The finest furniture, crafted just for you. The servants who answer only to you. The bouquet of flowers and gifts that were delivered to you everyday, as a reminder of my affection for you, Princess.”
Rozalin took a step back. “How do you know about that!? You were supposed to be an imposter…” Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 23rd, 2016 – April 1st, 2016: Affection

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 11th – 21st, 2016: Promises, Promises

March 11th, 2016: Episode 12: Castle Raid
In the cutscenes before the levels in this chapter, each character ruminates upon their fears and wishes as the final battle looms over them.
Tink: “First Fubuki, and now ze Princess is down. Our situation, she is getting worse.”
Taro: “I hope Princess is OK…”
Adell: “She’s back to herself. That’s all that matters.”
Meanwhile, back at home, Mom noticed that Fubuki must have gone after Zenon again. Rozalin was ready and raring to find him, and Taro and Hanako knew how to get to Zenon’s castle via Gate AX666. Wait, that was important?!

Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 11th – 21st, 2016: Promises, Promises

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – February 17th, 2016 – March 10th, 2016: Dad Bod/The Black Rose Blooms

February 17th, 2016: Zenon was relieved that he destroyed the Snow Clan after he was nearly killed by Fubuki.
The masked man warned Zenon that strengthening the curse posed further danger to him, but the Overlord had to recover from the last battle.
Zenon: “If I really wanted to regain all of my powers, I would have drained all human memories and conscience long ago…”
Then what do you want?
Zenon: “Let us return to my castle… I will need to go into hiding, until I can restore my powers…”

March 9th, 2016: Zenon’s curse got stronger, and Dad’s bod got possessed by his pimple!
Dad’s Bod: “I love boobies!”
Mom: “Eh, whatever. At least now your body has more personality.”
Dad thought that Adell’s birth parents had something to do with Zenon’s curse.
Mom: “Oh, that sounds kind of important. Anyway, we’re getting close to the final episode, so go ahead and say it.”
Dad: “Huh? Oh, yeah…”
Dad’s Bod: “All hail the Boobie Kingdom!”
You’re not helping! In fact, you made Dad forget what he was gonna say!
I hate Invincibility Geo Crystals… when I’m not the one using them.
As the crew ascended the Tower, it suddenly began to shake. A coarse and wicked laughter broke out.
Etna: “Ugh, that stupid laugh… Why is he here?”
A blue-haired boy with a red scarf teleported in.
Etna: “Uh, hi, Prince!!”
The boy was angry. “What kind of vassal are you!?”
Hanako: “Is this the guy you said you wanted to kill, and kill and kill?”
Etna: “That’s him. The stupid Overlord that I used to serve, Prince Laharl…!”

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Laharl

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Adell: “And we have yet another freak…”
Laharl: “What are you doing here, anyway? Do you have any idea how much we missed you? We didn’t have anyone to do the laundry! You even took all the Prinnies! My castle’s a mess!”
Etna: “Uh, Prince, I’m not your vassal anymore. I came out here to be on my own, and become an Overlord myself.”
“Stop being selfish! No vassal of mine is gonna move out on their own.”
“Whatever… Look, Prince, I know you took the secret herbs, so give ’em back already.”
“What are you talking- …Oh, those.”
Etna held out her greedy little hand. “Fork ’em over.”
“Too bad. I ate them already. What? I was hungry.”
“You ate them!!? With those herbs, I might’ve rcovered my levels!
I’m pissed off! I don’t care about our level difference! Today, I’m gonna beat the living crap outta you, you hear me!!!”
Laharl emitted a powerful aura. “It’s a million years too early for you to beat me!”
I’ll bet Laharl’s level is really huge. Called it: it’s twelve thousand. Well, at least it’s not nine thousand! Ha.
I thought you were better than this to pull this hopeless boss fight crap, game.
Laharl soundly trounced us. “Now, return to my castle and start scrubbing the toilets!”
Rozalin stood up. “Wait! Etna is a part of my group. I cannot allow you to decide her fate.”
Etna: “Y, you…”
Laharl: “Who do you think you are, talking to me, Laharl the Overlord, like that?”
Rozalin: “I am Overlord Zenon’s daughter. I do not fear you!”
A symbol appeared before Rozalin. A seal. Laharl could not resist breaking it with his sword. Unfortunately for him, that unleashed a new side of the princess. Her eyes turned black and red.
She wanted to know who awakened her. “Was it you, kid…? Don’t you know the price for disturbing my slumber…?”
Laharl attacked her to no effect.
Rozalin?: “I am a being of solitude… If you come near, the gates of death will open…”
The battle began anew with a LV 1900 Rozalin. Her only specil attack? Dark Liberation, described as, “When her past is revealed, the world will end”. When she attacks, she yells things like “Death!” and “Pathetic!”
Laharl still puts up a fight. Their hissy fits may result in counter-counter-counter-attacks.
Laharl was shocked that he lost, but he lost none of his confidence. He teleported away.
Etna: “Rozy!? You were awesome! The way you beat the prince… totally awesome. Where did all that power come from?”
Tink: “Princess. Can it be zat ze blood from your fazer has awakened?”
Rozalin?: “Are you my enemy?”
She tried to attack Etna with a lightning bolt.
Rozalin?: “I am a being of solitude… Destined to gather the souls of fools…”
Hanako: “Hey! What’s wrong with Rozy?”
Taro: “A, Adell, Princess is scary.”
Adell… slapped Rozalin, and toldher told her to get a grip on herself. The seal returned.
Rozalin raised her hand. “You insolent… fool…”
She suddenly fell backwards, but Adell caught her before she hit the floor.
Zenon sensed that someone broke the seal. He said that “it has finally come to pass…”
The news. Axel reported that Zenon returned to Veldime.
Axel: “The gate to Zenon’s castle was recently discovered. If you want to check out his castle for yourself, use Gate [AX666].”
He yawned. “Now that the boring stuff is outta the way, we have more news about me! Coming up next, we have a special report with details on my upcoming galactic concert tour.”
Suddenly, a child appeared on the monitor and yelled,”Big Brother, you idiot!”
The Director filmed Axel’s family so that they could stage and intervention for him. His little brother led the charge.
Director: “The Dark Hero was a master of evil. You were everyone’s worst nightmare.”
Axel: “I just, I just wanted a little taste of being a normal hero…”
Axel told Director to return to Veldime to direct the one and only Dark Hero. Director pledged to put his whole heart into it.
Episode 12: Castle Raid
At least Rozalin took Laharl down a peg.

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 22nd, 2010 – February 16th, 2016

March 22nd, 2010: The party brought Fubuki back to Adell’s village. Rozalin used the Remedy that the party won from the Colosseum to stabilize his condition. Yukimaru was surprised but moved by the act.
The party decided to go to Shinra Tower, the home of the old man who gave them the Remedy. Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 22nd, 2010 – February 16th, 2016

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 16th, 2010: Inhuman Resources

March 16th, 2010: Episode 10: The Two Ninjas: Chapter One – The Carcassed Lands – Rotten Fields
When Tink implied that Etna’s low level would not be raised by empty threats, she said he had earned spot number 42 on her “To Kill List”. “You better watch out when I regain my levels.”
“So, Tink is the 42nd to die…” noted Taro. “Then, who’s the first?”
“Oh, ho ho. That spot is reserved for the person I could kill over and over again, and I’d never get enough! Hahaha! Overlord Zenon is just a stepping stone.”
Then, she suddenly got serious. “The one who I really need to defeat is…”
“Etna’s so cool!” decided Hanako. “She’s like a career demoness!”
Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – March 16th, 2010: Inhuman Resources

Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – February 10th, 2010 – March 14th, 2010: Be Careful What You Wish For

February 10th, 2010: I encountered new enemies in an Item World’s Mystery Room. They were Death Sabers, and they looked as cute as their name isn’t. They looked like superdeformed chibi characters in cat costumes! Aww.
The description for Ninja Tabi says, “Sneak up and snap some necks!” IS THAT A REFERENCE TO SOUL NOMAD?!
SN had Danette, a silly girl with a battle cry that was basically, “Let’s snap some necks!” and variations thereof. However, despite the many different acts of cruelty in that game, I don’t remember anyone snapping any necks.
This gives me an idea for a new…
Spotlight: Adventures in Item Descriptions Continue reading Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days – February 10th, 2010 – March 14th, 2010: Be Careful What You Wish For