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Top 10 games of February 2013

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The month of February arrived Friday which means an all new slate of games to play on the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. Let's take a look at the top 10 titles coming to the home and handheld consoles.

Not only is this the shortest month of the year but it is also a month that traditionally starts out slow but picks toward the final weeks. That's not the case for 2013 which starts out strong with "Dead Space 3" for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, "Fire Emblem: Awakening" for the Nintendo 3DS and "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time" for the PS3.

There's a bit of a lull during the middle of the month but things pick up again towards the end with "Crysis 3" on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, "Rayman Legends" for the Wii U and "Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan" for the 3DS.

While the month of February 2013 is not packed with games there is plenty of everything from shooters to platformers to RPGs and even brain training.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening
Fire Emblem: Awakening Nintendo

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Release Date: Feb. 4

An tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS that's as much about building relationships between characters as it is leveling up your characters and battlefield strategy. Be warned though as "Fire Emblem" is capable of quickly sucking you into the point of obsession. It will be available both at retail and as a downloadable title from the eShop. Nintendo also plans to release DLC for it regularly.

Dead Space 3
Dead Space 3 Electronic Arts

Dead Space 3

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Visceral Games
Release Date: Feb. 5

"Dead Space 3" is the first in the series to feature co-op so its time to grab a buddy to face down the Necromorphs once again along with their Unitologist worshipers. Not only does this horror-action shooter from Visceral Games add drop-in/drop-out co-op play but also a new "Weapons Bench" upgrading system where players can build new weapons or upgrade others.

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Sony

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

Platform: PS3, PS Vita
Developer: Sanzaru Games
Release Date: Feb. 5

The Thievius Raccoonus, a book chronicling the Cooper family line, has been lost in time and it's up to Sly Cooper and his gang to get it back in "Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time". This game is part of Sony's new Cross Buy program so buying it for the Playstation 3 will also grant a downloadable copy for the PS Vita.

Brain Age: Concentration Training
Brain Age: Concentration Training Nintendo

Brain Age: Concentration Training

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Nintendo SPD
Release Date: Feb. 10

Dr. Kawashima is back to train your brain with "Brain Age: Concentration Training" for the Nintendo 3DS. It comes with familiar exercises from previous games in the series but adds all-new Devilish Training exercises meant to improve concentration and working memory. It will be available both at retail and through the eShop.

Aliens: Colonial Marines
Aliens: Colonial Marines Sega

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Gearbox Software
Release Date: Feb. 12

Head back to LV-426 one more time in "Aliens: Colonial Marines" to face down the greatest threat to man in the galaxy, the Xenomorphs. It's alright though as you're a badass Colonial Marine packing enough weaponry to take down an army. Or it it?

Crysis 3
Crysis 3 Electronic Arts

Crysis 3

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Developer: Crytek
Release Date: Feb. 19

It's 24 years after the events in "Crysis 2" and Prophet has returned to New York only to discover it's been encased in a giant Nanodome and overgrown with rainforest. Crytek promises that the open-world shooter will "melt down PCs" with its graphics while still being able to run on consoles.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Konami

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: Platinum Games
Release Date: Feb. 19

The cyborg ninja Raiden slices and dices in his own stand-alone game developed by Platinum Games from the "Metal Gear" series by Konami. Stealth is set aside in this game though as it is action heavy and includes a "free slicing" mode which directs Raiden's katana in any direction plus a new parrying system.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Atlus

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Developer: Atlus
Release Date: Feb. 26

Go dungeon exploring in this role-playing for the Nintendo 3DS. Map out dungeons using the touchscreen while building a team of heroes. Games from the "Etrian Odyssey" series are meant to be hard as they are a throwback to old-school pen-and-paper RPGs but that's part of the reward of playing.

Rayman Legends
Rayman Legends Ubisoft

Rayman Legends

Platform: Wii U
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
Release Date: Feb. 26

The only major retail release in February for the Wii U is the colorful and charming platformer, "Rayman Legends". This direct sequel to "Rayman Origins" sends Rayman, Globox and the Teensies on a new 4-player co-op adventure joined by Barbara the Barbarian. A fifth player can join in on the action as well by using the Wii U GamePad to control Murfy to assist with enemies and obstacles on screen.

Terraria
Terraria 505 Games

Terraria

Platform: PS3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (Xbox LIVE)
Developer: 505 Games
Release Date: February - TBD

Indie PC hit "Terraria" is coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in February with all new features including 4-player split-screen and 8-player online multiplayer, a tutorial, a world map, new controls, armor, ultimate weapons, music, pets and enemies including a new final boss. If you enjoyed "Minecraft" on the consoles then this action-adventure/sandbox hybrid may be worth a look.

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