Disgaea: Hour of Darkness

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Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+ (Bad Language, Violence)
OFLC rating: M
GRB rating: ALL
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-52458 & SLUS-20666 & SLUS-20666GH & NPUD-20666
Japanese: SLPS-20251 & SLPS-73103 & SLPS-20250
Korean: SLKA-25048
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20666
SLUS-20666GH (Greatest Hits)
NPUD-20666 (PS2 Classics)
SLUS-28034 (Trade Demo)
Release date: August 27, 2003
September 2, 2008 (Greatest Hits)
January 17, 2013 (PS2 Classics)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52458
Release date: May 28, 2004
2004 (Australia)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-20251
SLPS-20250 (Limited Edition)
SLPS-73103 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
SLKA-25048 (BigHit, Korea)
Release date: January 30, 2003
November 3, 2004 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
January 18, 2008 (BigHit, Korea)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher(s): Nippon Ichi Software (JP), Atlus (US), Koei (EU, AU)
Genre: Turn-based strategy
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings86/100, Metacritic84/100
Game description: In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, change is imminent. The dark Netherworld has been overtaken by evil rulership and Prince Lahari, the rightful king, must fight his way back to the throne. As Lahari, assemble a massive army from over 150 character classes and monsters to decimate opposing forces. Decimate your enemies by upgrading your weapons and unleashing mind-blowing spells, special skills, and devastating group attacks. It's time for you to start acting like a king.
Disgaea is a tactical role playing game. Battle gameplay takes place on a map divided into a square grid. The player controls a squad of humanoid units and monsters, which each occupy a single square of the grid and do combat with a group of enemies. Depending on the character and attack selected, the player will be able to deal damage to a specific enemy unit or a designated region of the map. Combat ends when all enemy units or all of the player's units are destroyed.
Humanoid characters may lift and throw other units across the map in order to allow allies to move further or force enemies to keep their distance. This even allows the player to capture enemies by throwing them into the base panel; these enemies then become allies, and can be used on subsequent maps. The chance of capturing an enemy in this manner depends on several factors. Failure to capture the enemy will result in the death of all characters inside the base panel, and the enemy will survive.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
? ?
  • Intel Pentium E2160 @ 1.80 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT
0.9.8 GSdx (r4600)
  • SPU2-X (r4600)
  • LilyPad (r4510)
BIOS: USA v02.00 Machina
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 @ 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5604) GSdx SSE41 (r5580)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs at 300% speed.
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core i7-5820K @ 3.30 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 @ 2 GB
v1.5.0 (21-04-2016) GSdx SSE41 1.0.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (2016-04-21, 21:07:17)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (2016-04-21, 21:07:17)
Working OK and looking good. Some minor glitch on sprites/fonts on high resolution . Software mode is OK, of course...
NTSC-U Windows 7 (x64)
  • Intel Xeon E5-2630 @ 2.30GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 @ 4 GB
1.6.0 (20200506140834) GSdx SSE41 1.2.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
BIOS: Europe v01.60 LordE

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Pentium D 2.00 GHz
  • ?
pre-0.9.7 beta (r1736) ZZogl (r182) ? This is most perfectly emulated game in whole PS2 world. System requirements are minimal, almost no issues.


  • Original names: 魔界戦記 ディスガイア (SLPS-20251) & (SLPS-20250) & (SLPS-73103), 마계전기 디스가이아 (SLKA-25048)
  • Also known as Makai Senki Disgaea (JP)

Known Issues

Minor scaling issues

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Several text/menu items have lines to one or several sides.
  • Workaround: Go to Config -> Video (GS) -> Plugin Settings, and set Internal Resolution to "Native", or set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options. Setting Texture filtering to "Nearest" can help too.

Public compatibility forum links