This year has been a good year for SRPGs, and while there were some strong contenders for the RPGFan's SRPG of the year honors, one game must win, and Tactics Ogre ekes out a victory against Disgaea 4. Disgaea 4 has variety and a colorful cast, but Matsuno's original epic gives players an incredibly fleshed-out war story rife with political intrigue, deception, and personal conflicts. The varying routes and endings provide vastly different battles for players to tackle, with up to 10 units participating in each skirmish. Each unit is able to select from dozens of jobs as well, allowing for endless customization. And it's not just for show – Tactics Ogre's battles require a sharp mind to overcome. There are no super powerful attacks or screen wiping summons – players have to rely on ingenuity and tactics to finish this game. In a generation where quality SRPGs are rarely made, 2011 was an excellent year for SRPG fans, and no game is a better example of this than Tactics Ogre.
Disgaea 4 brings the series back with its best comedic effort yet, alongside a refined battle system that tests our skills to levels over 9000. With an addition to online play, it makes the series reclaim its place in our SRPG hearts, and the Prinnies, well, they just never cease to be cool.