|Release: January 11, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A|
Though the control leaves something to be desired, eventually you'll get to the point where you'll be able to memorize the levels and hit the buttons in sequence. Strategically, this game is a lot like an advanced shoot-em-up title (think Ikaruga) and memorizing traps and enemy locations the first time and then going through and actually aiming to beat the game is the best way to get through it. It sounds like a lot of work, and trust me it is, but if your goal is to beat the game, it's the best way to go.
And beating the game is definitely worth all the effort, as a new mode will unlock a new Asagi Wars mode. This mode allows you to play through the game again as Asagi, who wields a gun instead of a sword. The gun changes the way you play considerably, as it is a ranged weapon, and it definitely makes the gameplay worth going through again. The bosses also change (in a humorous way--though I'm not giving anything away) so your patience with the difficulty of the original mode will definitely be rewarded with Asagi Wars mode.
Visuals in Prinny 2 are fairly basic and follow the example set by the first game. Characters are all sprite-based and backgrounds are fairly simple, but in the context of the game, the simple-yet-cute approach to the visuals works well. The sound in the game is also fairly good with some highly entertaining voiceover performances by the regular Disgaea cast. The background music is a little bit on the repetitive side, but I might be a little jaded considering I had to repeat several levels so many times that even the sound of the background music was pressing my buttons.
Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood! is a game that should only be attempted by the bravest and most patient of gamers. The 1,000 Prinny limit already makes for a challenging experience, but the at-times wonky controls bring this title to a whole new level of frustrating. Still, if you can make it past these issues, and don't mind a little pattern memorization, Prinny 2 can be a rewarding experience, especially if you are a Disgaea fan. If not, you probably won't get all of the jokes, but come on, panty stealing is hilarious in any circumstance.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer