Upcoming video game releases: 'Proteus,' 'Hitman: HD Trilogy'

Upcoming video game releases: 'Proteus,' 'Hitman: HD Trilogy'

Hitman: HD Trilogy (360 PS3)
North America: January 29, M17+
European regions: February 1, 18+

Previously on PS2 and PC as the "Hitman Triple Pack," the "HD Trilogy" provides a graphically upgraded introduction to the Hitman series' second, third and fourth games for those that would rather experience it on console -- though the original PC versions boast very modest system requirements and represent even more of a bargain.
Price: $39 / €29 / £29 / $AUD 49
hitman.com

Proteus (Mac, Win; Linux soon)
Release via Steam Network: January 30
Available now via visitproteus.com

Sparse and lo-fi surrounds in which players find themselves belie a carefully curated experience, where mild abstraction and subtle prompts nudge players to feel their way around a soothing isle which may (or may not) hide deeper secrets as seasons change and crabs scuttle across beaches.
Price: $9.99 / £6.99
visitproteus.com and store.steampowered.com/app/219680

Skulls of the Shogun (360 Win8 Mobile)
Worldwide: January 30

Proving that the Xbox Live Arcade is still very much alive is the long-awaited strategy game "Skulls of the Shogun," which was an IndieCade finalist back in 2011. It was held back from 2012 in order to ensure a simultaneous release across Xbox 360, Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface and Windows mobile devices; the showcase title can handle multiple players from any of the four platforms.
Windows 8 / Surface: $14.99 ($9.99 at launch)
Windows Phone: $6.99 ($4.99 at launch)
skullsoftheshogun.com

Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
North America: February 4
European regions: expected April 2013
Japan: since April 2012

The first Fire Emblem game on 3DS, the first new entry in the cherished tactical role-playing series since 2007's "Raidant Dawn" on Wii, and (upon its Japanese release) the first 3DS title to introduce the optional, paid-for expansions that are widespread across PC, 360 and PS3. The leap to 3DS is also accompanied by a change in art direction, StreetPass functionality, and even "Harvest Moon"-style character relationships.
Price: $39 / €39 / £29 / $AUD 69
fireemblemawakening.com

Dead Space 3 (360 PS3 Win)
North America: February 5

Not so much Dead Space as Dead Snow Planet and Abandoned Mining Facility as the survival horror series sets out on another chilling outing. Engineer Isaac Clarke is joined by military man John Carver as they battle against gruesome necromorphs and the greed that spurs their spread.
Price: $59 / €59 / £39 / $AUD 99
deadspace.com

We Sing 80s (Wii)
North America: February 8
European regions: since September 2012

Featuring thirty-odd classic 80s karaoke tracks and several multiplayer modes including Pass the Mic and Group Battle. Expect to sing along to standards such as "Eternal Flame," "True Colors," "Rio," "All Night Long" and "I Want to Break Free." Compatible with Wii U.
Price: $29 / €39 / £19
With 2 microphones: $49 / €59 / £49
wesinggame.com