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Game of the Year 2011

Neal Chandran's Awards
5) Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP)
Innocent Sin was my favorite RPG on the Playstation and one of the games I clamored for the most to receive an English localization.

4) Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS)
The spiritual sequel to Tail Concerto rekindled the warm fuzzy feelings I had when I was a kid curled up on the couch watching Saturday morning cartoons in my worn jammies.

3) The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (PSP)
No gimmicks, just lots of heart.

2) To The Moon (PC)
Is there anything I can say here that hasn't already been said about this game?

1) Radiant Historia (DS)
Not only is this is one of the best JRPGs I've played since joining RPGFan's staff in 2004, it's also one of the best JRPGs I've played ever since I started playing JRPGs.

Disappointment of the Year
Fate/Extra (PSP)
The Fate/ series has a cult following among import gamers, and this is the first game in the IP to have an English language release. After playing it, I was left wondering what all the fuss was about. Sure the story was solid, but the gameplay was thoroughly off-putting, the graphics were trite, and the music was forgettable. Perhaps earlier entries in the series are good enough to warrant all the praise the IP gets, but Fate/Extra was a complete letdown.

WTF? of the Year
No Demo for Aselia: The Eternal (PC)
Why is there no playable demo for Aselia: The Eternal? I wanted to try out this visual novel/RPG hybrid and see how well JAST's first all-ages localization fared. Unfortunately, there was no playable demo to be found on the official website or anywhere else on the Internet. It's 2011. In this day and age of gaming, I want to be able to try before I buy. Therefore, the lack of a playable demo, especially for a PC game, is unacceptable.

Overall Awards
Traditional RPG Action RPG Graphic Adventure Strategy RPG Indie RPG Downloadable RPG Mobile Downloadable Content (DLC)
And the winner is...
Best RPG of 2011
Editors' Picks
Abraham Ashton Liu Andrew Barker Dave Yeager Derek Heemsbergen Dennis Rubinshteyn Eric Farand John McCarroll Kimberley Wallace Kyle E. Miller Liz Maas Mike Salbato Neal Chandran Robert Steinman Stephen Meyerink


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