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February Gaming Guide: Seven Titles to Play

The games of February that will have your wallet screaming in agony.

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Welcome to the month when romance is in the air. Or as us gamers like to call it, “just February.” Last month was a relatively light affair, with only a handful of games hitting shelves. February 2013 is considerably better. We get a few major releases, as well as a few titles that we have our fingers crossed for. All in all, chances are you’ll be opening your wallets wide this month. Real wide.

Fire Emblem: Awakening

System: Nintendo 3DS / Release Date: 2.4.2013

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The Fire Emblem series returns with a new title for the 3DS. Preliminary reviews stress that this game is one of the best to hit Nintendo’s latest handheld. That’s nothing to scoff at. New additions to this iteration include the ability to customize your playable character, and select a “casual” difficulty mode that removes permadeath – a series staple – making the title a bit more lenient for newcomers. 

Dead Space 3

Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 2.5.2013

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Isaac Clarke is back and ready to once again fight off the necromorph hordes. This game sees Isaac visiting a snowy tundra in a journey that could yield information about the origin of the infamous Marker. Dead Space 3 is the first game in the series to feature drop-in/drop-out cooperative play, as well as a new weapon crafting system and a cover mechanic. If you’ve enjoyed previous Dead Space titles, especially #2, then give Dead Space 3 a shot.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Systems: PS3, PS Vita / Release Date: 2.5.2013

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It’s been eight years since we last went on a thieving adventure with Sly Cooper and his pals. But thanks to developer Sanzaru Games, Sly is back in a time-traveling escapade that picks up right where Sly 3 left off. Thieves in Time is a return to classic form for the series, while also introducing a new disguise mechanic to help you infiltrate strongholds. Furthermore, the game is also cross-play compatible between the PS3 and PS Vita versions. Fans of old school action-adventure titles should not ignore Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 2.12.2013

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Gearbox Software (Borderlands) takes a stab at the Aliens franchise with Aliens: Colonial Marines, a game set between the events of Aliens and Alien 3. The title follows a group of marines sent into the U.S.S. Sulaco to find Ellen Ripley, Corporal Hicks and the rest of the crew from the film Aliens. Of course, things don’t go smoothly and the marines are then forced to fight their way through the xenomorph hordes. Additionally, Aliens: Colonial Marines features a multiplayer component pitting marines against xenomorph. If you like first-person shooters and the Aliens franchise, this game should have your attention. Everything we’ve seen thus far has looked great.

Crysis 3

Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 2.19.2013

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Crytek returns with another entry in their mega popular Crysis series. This time we return to New York City, where the whole city has been domed-off by the evil C.E.L.L. Corporation. Prophet will have to infiltrate the Nanodome and get to the bottom of the situation, using his suit and a number of new tools at his disposal, like the slick looking compound bow. Much like with Crysis 2, Crysis 3 will feature a multiplayer mode as well. If you played the previous entries in the franchise and were enthralled, consider Crysis 3 more of the same goodness.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PC / Release Date: 2.19.2013

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After a prolonged development cycle when the game was passed from Kojima Productions to Platinum Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance finally slices its way on retail shelves. If anyone knows fast-paced action, it’s Platinum Games, having developed titles such as Bayonetta and Vanquish. While it’s strange to revisit Raiden’s story following the events of Metal Gear Solid 4, we’d be lying if we said the gameplay of Revengeance didn’t looks fantastic. If you’re interested in a super fast-paced beat ‘em up, MGR: Revengeance has your name written all over it.

Rayman Legends

System: Wii U / Release Date: 2.26.2013

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Rayman Origins ranks as one of the greatest platformers ever conceived by man, or beast, really. Therefore, we can’t wait to play its follow-up, Rayman Legends. This sequel is coming exclusively to Nintendo’s new console, with built-in controls specifically tailored to the system’s unique GamePad controller. That’s all good and great, but that really doesn’t matter. We just want more Rayman. Nay, we NEED more Rayman. Clearly, we’re excited for this game. If you have a Wii U, this is a must buy. End of story.


Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline and co-host of Watch Us Play and the Next Gen News podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.