Games of February – The Darkness Syndicate Abyss

By on January 31, 2012

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Like a furious fus-ro-da, the army of video games are blasting back in, destroy our social life, ruining our relationships and killing our wallets. Well, somewhat. After a relatively quiet month of January, which allowed us to catch up on the left overs from last year (I got half-way through Skyrim, half!), February is once again kick starting the play-your-games-quick-so- that-you-can-play-the-other-one marathon. And as if the already bulging lineup wasn’t enough, Sony is coming out with its PlayStation Vita this month, and along with it will come its swath of first party and third party titles.

I really hope you have saved up.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3, Xbox 360)

About: Set several years after Lightning and the others saved Cocoon, some survivors have decided to start over by rebuilding on Gran Pulse. Lightning, however, is nowhere to be found and thought dead by many, but Serah believes otherwise. When her town is suddenly overrun by monsters, a mysterious man named Noel appears to save her. Together, the two set off to find Lightning…
Release date: February 3 (available in Collector’s Edition and Limited Edition).

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Soulcalibur V (PS3, Xbox 360)

About: SoulCalibur V picks up 17 years after the events of SoulCalibur IV with new heroes and returning warriors clashing in an epic showdown between good and evil. The tale of Patroklos, son of Sophitia Alexandra, unfolds as his family’s destiny intertwines with the Soul swords.
Release date: February 3

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The Darkness II (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

About: It’s been two years since Jackie Estacado, now the Don of the Franchetti crime family, used The Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend’s murder. He’s been unable to shake the memory of Jenny’s death since bottling up his supernatural power, and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie’s life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force. The botched attempt opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, and sets Jackie on a journey to hell and worse, as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motivations of The Darkness itself.
Release date: February 10 (UAE release date not yet confirmed)

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Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS)

About: The much loved duo of Mario and Sonic are heading to London to participate in the officially licensed Olympic-themed video game, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A host of exciting new headline events, including football and equestrian debut in this Wii version of the game, appearing alongside classic Olympic disciplines such as athletics, aquatics and table tennis. These new sports are sure to ignite even more fierce competition between friends and family in both single and multiplayer modes! The all new roster of Dream events that are set in popular Mario and Sonic worlds make for a truly unique sporting experience that can only be found in Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Release date: February 10

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Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

About: Designed by open-world RPG legend Ken Rolston, Reckoning offers players unparalleled choice in a world of infinite possibility. Together, the visionaries and development team behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning are creating a game that aims to forever change the RPG genre.
Release date: February 10

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Pac-Man Party (3DS, Wii)

About: Pac-Man Party 3D brings together family and friends for dozens of mini-games for gamers to play with or against each other. Perfect for the whole family, Pac-Man Party 3D features a variety of control styles that utilize the system’s buttons, touchscreen, microphone, and accelerometer. With support for download play, friends can join in on the fun using just one cartridge shared across Nintendo 3DS systems.
Release date: February 10

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UFC Undisputed 3 (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

About: UFC Undisputed 3 is the 2012 installment in the critically acclaimed and best-selling mixed martial arts (MMA) video game franchise based on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The game marks takes players inside the virtual Octagon with extensive focus on intense toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the introduction of PRIDE Mode, two new weight classes and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters.
Release date: February 14

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Alien Breed Trilogy (PS3)

About: Experience the ultimate in science-fiction action with the Alien Breed Trilogy: three arcade-shooter titles in one fantastic collection, together for the first time. The Alien Breed™ Trilogy resurrects a much revered franchise with an epic narrative, swarms of intelligent alien enemies, high-impact weaponry and rich environments; all implemented with superb technology in a state-of-the-art gaming experience, developed using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3. In addition to the thrilling single-player campaign and “Survivor” modes, the games offer relentless, action-packed, two-player online co-operative battle modes.
Release date: February 15

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Binary Domain (PS3, Xbox 360)

About: Binary Domain puts players in the middle of a fast paced and intense battle for humanity in a robot-invaded 2080 Tokyo. Fighting through the derelict lower levels of the city, players control an international peace-keeping squad that soon starts to question their surroundings and the choices they make. Are the robots becoming more human, or are humans becoming more like machines?
Release date: February 24

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Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighter (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

About: Advanced Strike Fighters is set in the fictional country of Azbaristan; the once-great nation has been torn apart by a decade of civil war, followed by almost a decade of uneasy peace. The ten year war resulted in huge territorial gains for Northern People’s Republic Azbaristan and their controlling political party, the Northern People’s Party, giving them control of the country except for the oil-rich province that is all that’s left of South Azbaristan.
Release date: February 24

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Syndicate (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

About: In the world of Syndicate, everything is digitally connected, including the people. Players aren’t limited to the weapons in their hands. Through DART 6 bio-chip technology implanted in their head, players can slow down time and breach the digital world around them to take down their foes using a variety of upgradable hacking mechanics. Syndicate’s blend of fast-paced, futuristic, action shooter settings and story combined with innovative chip breach gameplay instantly immerses players in a unique digital world.
Release date: February 24 (Tentative)

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PlayStation Vita

About: The (rest of the) world will finally get their hands on Sony’s new handheld system, the PlayStation Vita this month. As such, and thanks to Sony, there are far too many games to mention, so here’s a quick run down through our most awaited: Uncharted Golden Abyss, FIFA, Rayman Origins, Reality Fighters, Unit 13, Army Corps of Hell, Touch My Katamari, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, wipEout 2048, Motorstorm RC. They all come out on the same day.
Release date: February 22


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