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The Disgaea strategy RPG series makes its PSP debut with Afternoon of Darkness. The setting is the shadowy abyss known as the Netherworld, whose king has passed away while the rightful heir blissfully slept for two years. As Prince Laharl awakes from his slumber, he finds the kingdom in complete disarray with warring factions vying for the throne. Determined to take back what he believes is rightfully his, the self-absorbed sovereign prepares his loyal subjects for war.
The campaign begins from Laharl's castle, where players will converse with servants and purchase the equipment and items needed for battle. Combat features a turn-based system on a series of grid-based maps. Successfully completing all victory conditions gives players a chance to return to the castle before proceeding to the next battle. Up to ten allies can be tactically deployed on a given map, with classes such as healers, mages, thieves, and warriors proficient in specific skills, magic, or weapon types.
Colored panels on the terrain offer different combat bonuses when matched with their corresponding symbols, and players can even lift and throw enemies, party members, or panels during their turn to bring units closer or to create some separation. In addition to the battle areas, players can enter special item maps to enhance a specific weapon or piece of armor. Each item map is a randomly generated dungeon spanning ten floors. Disgaea also includes an in-game collection book, a music shop, and an option to create custom characters. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide