Disgaea PC is now available on Steam, but performance is shaky

Disgaea PC

Dood! Disgaea PC now available on Steam. It features all the goodness of the famed strategy-RPG series that debuted all the way back in 2003, enhanced with PC-specific upgrades like an improved UI and textures, support for keyboard and mouse, Steam achievements, cloud saves, badges, and trading cards, and all the content from the PSP game Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness.

That's the good news. The bad news is that it's not be the most elegant PC port ever. We took it for a quick spin, and it doesn't look great. Resolution can't be adjusted beyond selecting full-screen or windowed mode, and enabling v-sync locks the game at 30 FPS. Given that the movement speed of your character is dependent upon the framerate, that's potentially problematic. The screen below, which we captured in our gameplay session, isn't going to win any prizes either, but it is after all a port of a port of a PS2 game from 2003.

The Steam forums seem divided on the issue, with some users reporting significant problems and others saying it runs flawlessly. Playing the game on an AMD-based PC may be a factor, and disabling SSAO may improve things somewhat as well.

The bright spot in all of this is the Steam refund policy, which means you can grab Disgaea, take it for a spin, and get your money back if it is in fact a train wreck. Have you tried it? Let us know how it goes in the comments.

Disgaea PC

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.