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Spring's hottest videogames

From ''Star Trek Online'' to ''Lego Harry Potter,'' here's a look at what you'll be playing between now and summer

From a Greek warrior butt-kicker to a geek-tastic new Star Trek to a freaky grown-up mystery called Heavy Rain, here’s a look at what you’ll be playing between now and summer

Mass Effect 2
XBOX 360, PC
(In stores now)

The Scoop
A sci-fi action game that some have dared to call as good as, if not better than, James Cameron’s Avatar movie, Mass Effect 2 is certainly an entertainment that rivals the average cinematic blockbuster. The visuals are geek-candy pretty, and the supporting characters are way intriguing. While there’s an overarching narrative, the game encourages players to explore by rewarding them with extra story and nifty details.

Why we’re excited
Better than Avatar? We’d never make the comparison. All we know is we can’t stop playing it.

MAG
PS3
(In stores now)

The Scoop
The title stands for ”Massive Action Game,” and they’re not messing around. Set in the near future, this new game allows up to 256 players to blast away on one of several vast online battlefields.

Why we’re excited
Working our way up the ranks to command a company of 128 soldiers suits our power-mad dreams just fine.

Star Trek Online
PC
(Feb. 2)

The Scoop
Fans have never had a problem pretending to be Captain Kirk or Spock. But this multiplayer role-playing game is a veritable online holodeck, linking fans around the world.

Why we’re excited
For Trekkers, this just may be the final frontier of their obsession.

White Knight Chronicles
PS3
(Feb. 2)

The Scoop
Embark on an epic good-versus-evil adventure that’ll find you thwarting beasties and unearthing magic-granting treasures in a lavish, Tolkien-esque world.

Why we’re excited
While the game sports the expected oversize swords and scaly monsters, it separates itself with incredibly deep customization options and a rich online experience that allows you to save the world with up to three buddies.

Dante’s Inferno
PS3, PSP, XBOX 360
(Feb. 9)

The Scoop
Yes, this game really is based on Dance Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Artists who worked on Avatar and Hellboy helped shape its uniquely gruesome style, based in large part on Dante’s own descriptions. ”It’s a great portal into this amazing poem,” says exec producer Jonathan Knight, ”but it’s also this bone-crushing, demon-slaying, hard-hitting game.”

Why we’re excited
When else will there be a chance to romp inside hell and feel totally highbrow while doing it?

Bioshock 2
PS3, XBOX 360, PC
(Feb. 9)

The Scoop
Players return to the art deco undersea dystopia of Rapture about a decade after the first game took place, this time as a dive-suited Big Daddy fighting off zombie-like Splicers. You can also bang around Rapture with your friends in a new online multiplayer mode.

Why we’re excited
Expectations are high: With a twisting story straight out of an Ayn Rand novel, the first game, which came out in 2007, was an eerie, heady masterpiece.

Aliens vs. Predator
PS3, XBOX 360, PC
(Feb. 16)

The Scoop
You can choose to play as a human Marine armed with a pulse rifle and the iconic ”motion tracker” from the movie Aliens, as a tree-leaping Predator with cloaking capabilities, or as an agile Alien.

Why we’re excited
The multiplayer mode is a gory death match pitting all three species against one another.

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