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5 games worth staying in for

Forget the beach, these videogames are all you need this summer

REMEMBER ME

An Inception-like mind-bender

Capcom is taking a big risk on a game that isn't a sequel and features a female heroine who isn't Lara Croft. Remember Me stars Nilin, a ''memory hunter'' living in a futuristic Neo-Paris. But when her own memory is wiped, she must piece the puzzle together and take down her former employer. The third-person action-adventure has Nilin entering people's minds Inception-style. Then she uses a unique feature called memory remixing to rewind and fast-forward while searching for glitches that she can manipulate. Sounds pretty memorable to us. (June 4; rated M; PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

THE LAST OF US

Humanity makes a last stand (with a Growing Pains star!)

Uncharted developer Naughty Dog is embracing horror with this game set after a devastating fungal outbreak that has left behind zombielike Infected. You play Joel, a hardened survivor who must protect a young girl named Ellie (Growing Pains' Ashley Johnson). Naughty Dog's trademark gorgeous graphics and amazing voice acting are present in what will likely be the PS3's last great epic before the PS4 console bows late this year. (June 14; rated M; PS3)

DISNEY INFINITY

Captain Jack is back to dazzle your kids

Take plastic action figures à la Skylanders, add in the DIY creation of LittleBigPlanet, and sprinkle with Tinker Bell's fairy dust, and you get Disney Infinity. The starter pack comes with the game, a base station, and three figures from a selection of Disney and Pixar classics. Place a figure on the base to jump into that character's world, or mix and match Disney properties in the Toy Box mode. Additional figures unlock extra characters and items — at a price. That sound you hear is every parent's wallet weeping. (Aug. 18; rated E10+; PC, PS3, Xbox 360, WiiU, Wii, 3DS)

SAINTS ROW IV

You're the president...and you've got superpowers

Saints Row started off as a Grand Theft Auto clone, but as the GTA series has gotten more serious, Saints has gone in the opposite direction. In IV, you play the leader of the Third Street Saints gang, who has just been elected President of the United States. Good thing, because aliens are invading and the world needs someone to get tough on immigration. The game introduces superpowers to the open-world adventure, allowing you to fly, run at a high speed, and toss cars with telekinesis. Talk about presidential powers. (Aug. 20; rated M; PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL BLACKLIST

Lead a new team of superspies

Spy Sam Fisher returns (though longtime voice actor Michael Ironside doesn't) in Blacklist, which picks up some time after the events of 2010's Conviction with Fisher in charge of a new anti-terrorist task force. Blacklist resurrects the popular Spies vs. Mercs multiplayer mode, pitting quick-moving, agile spies against heavily armored mercenaries in a battle of gadgets versus guns. (Aug. 20; rated M; PC, PS3, Xbox 360, WiiU)

Originally posted May 24, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints