from DmC's stellar reboot and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, it's fair to say January's new releases
were mostlyforgettable. Thankfully, February's schedule looks
ready to make up for 2013's weaker intro with the arrival of highly
anticipated titles like Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance,
and Aliens: Colonial Marines. This month also sees an influx of
Japanese imports like Fire Emblem: Awakening for the 3DS, Generation
of Chaos: Pandora's Reflection, and Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires.
Throw in some new content for Halo 4, and a shiny new Rayman title for the Wii U, and there should be more than enough motivation to
spend those gift cards that have been burning a hole in your pockets.
a look at what's expected to arrive in shelves this February, and
keep an eye on our ever-growing reviews listings for our
opinions on 2013's new arrivals...
Age of Wulin
Games US is about to introduce North American MMOers to one of China's most
popular online games. Set during the tumultuous Ming Dynasty,
this free-to-play MMORPG will see players choosing between eight
different martial arts factions, developing their character's various skills and talents, and testing their proficiency in battle
in PvE and PvP arenas. Age of Wulin employs a skill-based system
wherein players will not be forced to choose a specific class, but
instead craft their characters by the learning new abilities and
talents. “Must-have” MMO features like crafting, dungeon raiding,
housing, and mounts will also round out the experience. And there's the intriguing addition that characters will remain in the world as NPCs even when their human
companions have logged off.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
EU: April 2013
time has come for North American Fire Emblem devotees to plunge into
the 13th chapter of Intelligent Systems' tactical role-playing series.
Originally released in Japan last April, this 3DS entry finds
Ylisse's Prince Chrom and his rebellious team squaring off against
the kingdom of Plegia and its dragon-loving populace. Toss in an
undead infestation and a dose of royal family drama, and this handheld
entry has the markings of a high stakes Fire Emblem epic. Awakening
will ship with 43 playable characters, with more to be delivered via
DLC side quests using the 3DS's SpotPass feature.
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
EU: February 8
engineer Isaac Clarke returns to slice up more Necromorphs and solve
the mystery of the alien Markers. Set two months after Isaac's
nightmarish visit to the Sprawl in Dead Space 2, this chapter
transports the industrious Isaac and Sprawl survivor Ellie
Langford to the ice planet of Tau Volantis. Upon arrival, Isaac and
Ellie are separated in a crash landing, tossing Isaac into a new
journey to save the girl and investigate the source of the
Space 3 will include drop-in/drop-out co-op, pairing Isaac with an
EarthGov Sergeant named John Carver. It will also feature a fresh
Weapons Bench upgrading system, new Necromorph enemies, and new cover
and action mechanics. See why we're anxious to climb into Isaac's suit in Dead Space 3 – 9 reasons we're excited for more dismemberment.
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U (Feb 7)
EU: February 1
much rage can your Xbox 360/PS3/Wii U withstand?
You'll soon find out as Tecmo Koei ports this second video
game adaptation of the Fist of the North Star manga series stateside. The beat 'em up will recreate pivotal scenes from the
series, and each episode will star popular Fist of the North Stars
faces including Falco, Shachi, Shew, and Juza. Over 20 characters total will be be playable, and the new Dream Mode is set to cast
them in original storylines based the Fist of the North Star mythology. Future DLC will include new plot threads and stages, again inspired by the manga.
Platform: PS3 / PS Vita
EU: March 27
Cooper: Thieves in Time sees gaming's infamous raccoon slink out of
his semi-retirement to recover his family's Thievius Raccoonus book
after its pages are scattered across time. Sly will be joined by his
regular crew--Bently, Murray, and Carmelita--who will each be
playable at different moments throughout the adventure. The
time-hopping platformer boasts larger worlds than previous
titles, and will also grant Sly the ability to assume new skills by
pilfering costumes like the Arabian pirate uniform that lets him
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for the PS3 also nets buyers a free copy
for the PS Vita version. When combined, Vita owners will be able to
use the handheld as a pair of x-ray specs in the PS3 version, giving
them a heads up on secret masks and hidden treasures.
Platform: Xbox 360
the Zombie Studios team who brought you Blacklight: Retribution comes
this cel-shaded multiplayer fragfest. Special Forces: Team X boasts
over a hundred customizable map combinations through the use of its
dynamic title map system. Throughout each level, players will split
into teams and rip apart their opponents in a number of game types
including deathmatch, capture the flag, and capture point. Beyond the deep arena customization options, Special Forces: Team X will
bestow operatives the means to tweak their appearance, weaponry, and
play style. The game is rated M for Mature, so if you're in the
market for blood and carnage, Special Forces: Team X looks likely to
have the stuff.