You can tell that a Sony console is well-and-truly here to stay when it gets its first Disgaea title, and the latest entry in Nippon Ichi's flagship series is its best yet. Featuring big and beautiful HD sprites, Alliance of Vengeance adds new classes, monsters, spells and activities, along with a higher party limit to allow you to experiment with them as much as you desire. All of the things you love about Disgaea are here, while its tweaks to character creation, class changes and the Item World alleviate many of the series' more frustrating aspects. Disgaea is back, and more vivacious than ever.
Writeup by Robert Fenner
As Final Fantasy ebbs and flows as the flagship JRPG series, Shin Megami Tensei and its innumerable children remain rocks, despite their relative obscurity. The Devil Survivor sub-series has enjoyed accolades within our staff, serving as one of the prime examples of foreboding atmosphere, satisfyingly challenging design, and charming characters. Using modern-day Japan as its setting, Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker inspires philosophical questions about how people and society would react to an apocalyptic scenario in a way only Atlus could tackle. Those who played the original Devil Survivor 2 will find much to enjoy with regard to gameplay, but especially the story, as Record Breaker puts a neat bow on any loose ends.
Writeup by Bob Richardson
A scant 6 votes divided Devil Survivor 2 and Shadowrun: Hong Kong in your votes. Whew!
And the winner is...