AU Shippin' Out Jan. 30-Feb. 3: Res Evil: Revelations

Three of Japan's most iconic developers release games this week.


February is set to go off with a bang, courtesy of Capcom, Namco Bandai Games, and Square Enix. One of the bigger releases this week is Resident Evil: Revelations, a game that Nintendo 3DS owners have been eagerly waiting for. Set to piece together what happened between Resident Evil 4 and 5, Revelations sees franchise icons Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine return to take on a new biological threat. Come Thursday, when it's released, Resident Evil: Revelations will be available stand-alone or bundled with the new Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro. The new accessory adds in an additional analog stick for players to use, making for a more home-console-like experience.

It's important to look good when you're shooting zombies in cold weather.
It's important to look good when you're shooting zombies in cold weather.

Next up is SoulCalibur V, the latest entry in Namco's weapons-focused fighting series. This time around, character creation makes a return, allowing players to customise not only their fighters, but also their weapons and effects. On top of the 20-plus fighters on the roster, Ezio from Assassin's Creed is also a playable character.

The final release for this week is Final Fantasy XIII-2, the direct sequel to 2009's Final Fantasy XIII. Set three years after the events of the first game, FFXIII-2 features some familiar faces but focuses more on Serah, who is the sister of Lightning. FFXIII-2 has been well received by critics, earning praise for its interesting enemy design and heartfelt story.

To see what else is out this week, check the list below:

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February 2, 2011
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (360, PS3)
Resident Evil: Revelations (3DS)
SoulCalibur V (PS3, 360)

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