The Games of February 2013

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Most of the Warp Zoned staff has decided to hole up inside their houses this February with a copy of Dead Space 3. Forget asking if the groundhog will see his shadow this year, gamers the world over will be seeing shadows of Necromorphs everywhere they look. But there are plenty of other games to get excited about this month. And let us tell you about them…

John Scalzo
Editor-In-Chief
Three games stand out for me this month, for three very different reasons.

First up is Brain Age: Concentration Training on February 10. The 3DS puzzler is a sequel to the two Brain Age games on the DS and while I’m sad Nintendo of America dropped the “Devil Training” moniker for its US debut, I’m still happy to get back into the educational ring with Dr. Kawashima.

Two days later, on February 12, I’ll have to make a choice between the Alien-fighting action of Aliens: Colonial Marines and Omerta: City of Gangsters, a strategy game that has made my brain an offer it can’t refuse. Gearbox has drip-fed their new take on the Alien mythos into the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere with a steady series of trailers, screenshots, and developer interviews. The only thing standing in the way of my return to LV-426 is “this thing of ours.” The idea of playing a strategy RPG from the point-of-view of a 1920s bootlegging racket is almost too awesome to imagine. In fact, I didn’t even know I wanted a game like Omerta: City of Gangsters to exist until I found out it was already real.

Nicole Kline
Senior Editor
This month is all about one game for me: Dead Space 3. Isaac Clarke is one of my all-time favorite video game characters, and after playing the demo, I’m more excited than ever to step back into his suit and hack off some limbs. Right now, I’m trying to decide between just buying the game or getting the crazy special edition that the dev team put together. I’ve got so much other Dead Space swag that it seems criminal for me not to add that to my collection! Other than that, Aliens: Colonial Marines is really the only other game on my radar, but it might not be a day-one purchase for me. I’ll have to see how I’m faring with Isaac and Carver first!

Andrew Rainnie
UK Correspondent
Wow, February has some mighty slim pickings. The highlight for me is Aliens: Colonial Marines, although to be honest, I’m holding out for the Wii U version. The idea of having the motion-tracker on the GamePad is too good an opportunity to pass up. I was curious about Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 when Famitsu gave it 9/9/8/9, but the first reviews from other sources suggests the Japanese magazine was being a bit too generous.

Oh, and there are a couple of threequels. Dead Space 3 kinda lost my interest after the “In The Air Tonight” trailer. Who at EA thought covering a Phil Collins song was a good idea? As for the other title they are publishing, Crysis 3, I must confess I have never played the last two. I always meant to pick up Crysis 2 for the PS3 because it is always in the bargain bin, but something always stopped me. I just remember it having a certain stigma about it; that the graphics were impressive but the game itself not very fun to play, beauty but with no soul. Perhaps if this new entry proves to be a must buy, I may delve into the second first.

Mike Ryan
Staff Writer
I’d have to agree with Andrew on this one – February is not looking too bright. Unlike Andrew, though, I am interested in Dead Space 3. I love survival horror, and the Dead Space games never disappoint. I’d agree regarding Aliens: Colonial Marines as well; the Wii U GamePad will hopefully make this version the one to get. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Also piques my interest, but I’m a bit skeptical as to if it will be as good as the original trilogy.

Continue on to the next page for a complete look at the February release schedule.

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