There are plenty of games to look forward to in January, February and March, from reboots for Tomb Raider and Devil May Cry to long-awaited sequels for SimCity, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and original material such as Spirited Away-style anime adventure Ni no Kuni and boistrous brawler Anarchy Reigns.
Anarchy Reigns(Xbox 360, PS3) Release date: Jan 8 Larger-than-life characters from Platinum Games’ eccentric stable convene to knock seven bells out of each other.
DmC: Devil May Cry (Xbox 360, PC, PS3) Release date: Jan 15 Capcom’s ten-year-old series rebooted by the Enslaved and Heavenly Sword studio; Dante must slash and shoot his way through the demon-infested Limbo City, which is gradually falling apart at the seams.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3) Release date: Jan 22 Studio Ghibli of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle teams with developer Level-5 (Professor Layton series) for this story in which the recently bereaved Oliver finds himself led into a peculiar alternate reality.
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) Release date: Feb 4 As well-received on its Japanese debut as it was highly anticipated, Fire Emblem: Awakening is the series’s first outing on 3DS.
Dead Space 3 (Xbox 360, PC, PS3) Release date: Feb 5 Exchanging space hulk for snow planet, main character Isaac Clarke joins up with newcomer Sgt. John Carver in pursuit of the truth about Unitology, exterminating hideous Necromorphs, and searching for missing survivor Ellie Langford.
Brain Age: Concentration Training (3DS) Release date: Feb 10 Can Concentration Training further boost the Nintendo 3DS’s popularity just as the original Brain Age puzzles helped make the DS a mainstream success in the mid-2000s, or has the world moved on to smartphone diversions instead?
Crysis 3 (Xbox 360, PC, PS3) Release date: Feb 19 Don a supersoldier’s nanosuit and head into a future New York that’s as much rainforest as it is ruin, host to both jungle and urban warfare against antagonistic alien forces and the sinister Cell Corporation.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Xbox 360, PS3) Release date: Feb 19 Metal Gear Solid, supreme sneaking stealth game, becomes overblown action fest for this spin-off, centring upon the cyborg warrior and one-man army Raiden, who takes on a shady Private Military Company.
SimCity (Mac, PC) Release date: March 5 Adopting the name of its 1989 ancenstor, 2013’s SimCity promises a hefty dose of metropolis management, aiming to provide both complexity and accessiblity, along with online multiplayer.
Tomb Raider (Xbox 360, PC, PS3) Release date: March 5 In this reboot treasure hunter Lara Croft goes back to basics, marooned on an island and forced to fend for herself, in an adventure written by Mirrors Edge scribe (and Terry Pratchett’s daughter) Rhianna Pratchett.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC, Mac) Release date: March 12 The second of three intense real-time strategy games to emerge under the StarCraft II name, and a chance to experience life as the commander of an insectoid, Borg-like race.
Gears of War: Judgement (Xbox 360) Release date: March 19 Prequel to the Gears of War third-person shooter series and first full attempt from Polish crew People Can Fly, which assisted with the first two games; Judgement sees squaddies Baird and Cole take centre stage in the battle against the Locust.
BioShock Infinite (Xbox 360, PC, PS3) Release date: March 26
The BioShock series, for two games a brooding undersea encounter, becomes a dashing airborne adventure aboard a city floating high above 1912 US, where Founders and protestors fight for control of both citadel and the supernaturally empowered Elizabeth. — Relaxnews 2012
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