February 4 - February 8
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It feels like it's been a while since we had a nice solid release week like this one. The next 8 weeks or so will see quite a few more large and interesting releases, so I hope your wallet had a nice rest and you made a dent into the pile, because things are about to change.

This week has a number of things worth attention, but likely the big game of the week from a mainstream perspective will be Dead Space 3. Dead Space is a series that could have been cookie-cutter and forgettable, but has developed its own aesthetic, following and legacy as a good, sometimes great, survival horror game. In the twilight of Resident Evil, which has become forgettable and disappointing in its old age, Dead Space has in many ways picked up that niche of the market. Though the games are very different in setting and lore, I think there are a lot of similarities in themes and presentation.

Also this week, Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS, which actually is my pick for game of the week. This may be a surprise to some of you, but if you've been looking for a reason to dig out your 3DS for a while, near universal initial buzz says this is the game you've been waiting for. And, if you don't have a 3DS, this might be the game worth getting one for. A turn based, strategy RPG in the vein of great handheld games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Advance Wars, this seems like the kind of game where I could put aside my discomfort with JRPG stylings and embrace what really does look and sound like a phenomenal game.

And, if all that wasn't enough, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time also debuts on the PS3 this week. Sly has always felt like one of those series that maybe never quite stepped forward in the limelight the way it might have, but they have always proven to be quality platformers. I know virtually nothing about Thieves in Time, which seems almost criminal because it's probably a safe bet that it will be a decent game.

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