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Hype is a funny thing. Will 2010's haul of quality releases really push gaming forwards, or have we all just got a little overexcited at the sound of names like Star Trek, God of War and Splinter Cell?
Luckily for you the independent Thirteen1 has all the answers, with honest views and opinions straight from the mouths of gamers.
We've packed a massive 128-pages of free-to-read gaming goodness in the February issue of Thirteen1; guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Fan of the MMO-space? Then look no further than our trusty – and often tipsy – DrunkenGamer, who traverses the outer depths of space itself to bring his final verdict on Star Trek Online. Is it really the game that trekkie MMORPG fans have been waiting for?
Back on Earth, the DrukenGamer managed to find himself trapped in the toughest new dungeons of Runes of Magic, before turning up at the Funcom offices to get more information on their hotly-anticipated upcoming game, The Secret World.
We warn you now - we think their work on The Secret World is getting to them, the answers from Funcom were cryptic to say the least..
All the bases are covered this month, from indie BBG titles to over-the-top blockbuster madness. Who else brings you a review of the seedy, underworld-based assassinations of Wizard's free2play Hitman's Life; while also risking life and limb in the war to end all wars with Vigil Games' excellent Darksiders? Nobody, that's who.
We even venture into the often ignored world of Facebook games to check out why everyone is going barking mad for Puppy World, published by Moxy Games.
XBLA indie titles Dual Zone and Creed Arena get some much deserved love from our reviewers, as well as the sublime Team17's utterly unmissable reboot of the famous Alien Breed franchise.
Those with itchy trigger-fingers should jump straight into our impressions of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the latest instalment to EA's ultra-destructible shooting series. They rudely overlooked PC-gamers with the first Bad Company..does this make amends?
Throw in an exclusive interview with Natalie, the girl featured in the infamous Evony adverts (that's right, she's real), a chat with the guy who just blew a very real $300,000 on a virtual item in MMO Planet Calypso, our Countdown of the best 'ever' multi-player titles, and more reviews and previews of top releases than you can shake a giant bayonet at (yes, that is a clue to one of them), and you've got an epic free-to-read issue to dive into.
Comps and Giveaways!
We've got our digits on a handful of copies of the new Halo Legends DVD for you to win!
Fancy winning something rare? Then make sure you try to scalp one of the exclusive signed copies of cult classics Dark Fall: Lights Out and Dark Fall: Lost Souls – signed by the legendary Jonathan Boakes himself!
There's also the chance to bag indie title Dual Zone for free, along with the regular retro-gaming blow out, courtesy of our good friends at Gog.com, who have just partnered with Activision to offer their awesome, rare back-catalogue of retro goodness.