With a slew of new games arriving in the next few months, we look at the titles that have us counting the days.

By Aaron Morales
Updated February 15, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

1. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

This action-based spin-off of the stealth series features the character Raiden, a badass cyborg ninja ready to hack and slash his way through hordes of enemies. The ability to slow time in Blade Mode and strategically slice and dice in any direction will leave your foes — and large swaths of the environment — in ribbons. (Feb. 19; rated M; PS3, Xbox 360)

2. Tomb Raider

Call it The Lara Diaries. Gaming’s famed heroine is getting a major prequel/reboot. A young, untested Lara Croft is shipwrecked on the most dangerous island this side of Lost. Grey’s Anatomy‘s Camilla Luddington voices Lara in an edition that’s grittier and more realistic than previous ones. (March 5; rated M; PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

3. Bioshock Infinite

BioShock soars in a new setting, the flying city of Columbia. Booker DeWitt, an ex–Pinkerton agent, must rescue Elizabeth (above right), a woman with mysterious powers, from her captors. The thinking man’s shooter is tackling some major themes: American exceptionalism, religion, racism…but don’t worry, you can still blow stuff up. (March 26; rated M; PS3, Xbox 360, PC)

4. Injustice: Gods Among Us

DC Comics’ biggest superheroes and villains are about to go to war in this fighting game from the creators of Mortal Kombat. If you’ve ever wondered whether Batman could beat Superman in a fight, it’ll soon be up to you and your controller. (April 16; rating TBD; PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

5. The Last of Us

A plague has created the zombielike Infected in this action-horror game from Uncharted developer Naughty Dog. You play Joel, a hardened survivor who has vowed to protect a young girl while trying to escape the U.S. military and fighting the Infected. Expect a big emphasis on narrative in the dark, brutal tale of survival. (May 7; rating TBD; PS3)