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Today is what many would consider to be a dreadful day, as it’s April 15, 2013 – Tax Day. If you haven’t already, you’ve probably sent out a sizable check to the government. It isn’t all bad though, as tax returns also bring with them tax refunds. It may be a while before you start expecting money back, but you can go ahead and start spending that “found” money in your head.

Since Tax Day is a lot of work, it only seems to use tax refunds on something frivolous and fun. I suggest video games. They take you away from it all and provide hours of entertainment. Besides, a lot of good games have already or are about to come out. It seems only fair to let your tax refunds show you a good time. So, here are 10 already available and forthcoming games I suggest you splurge on after you get your money.

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BioShock Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)

BioShock Infinite is probably going to be a lot of people’s GOTY 2013, and with good reason. It’s a fantastic adventure. If you want to spend your tax refund on something that will take you away from it all, this game is it.

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Pandora’s Tower (Wii)

Pandora’s Tower is pretty much the last great Wii game and it’s officially released on April 16, 2013. Why not treat your Wii (or Wii U) to an action RPG with multiple endings and a virtual girlfriend? I doubt you’ll regret it.

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Star Trek: The Video Game (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)

I may not have a lot of faith in Star Trek: The Video Game, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be bad. Your tax refund will be “found” money after all. Why not use it to take a chance on something untested. …Just make sure you definitely gave a friend with the same system who will also be taking the plunge.

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Muramasa Rebirth (Vita)

If you have a Vita, you’re getting this. It’s the law. You know, it’s part of that new video game law. The one that was just passed. Stop asking questions and pre-order this game already. Also, make sure you grab a $20 PlayStation Network card so you can grab all the DLC.

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Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)

I think after all the Fire Emblem: Awakening coverage I’ve done, you already know it’s my permanent game recommendation.

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Dead Island: Riptide (PS3, Xbox 360, Windows)

I don’t know about you, but Dead Island was a guilty pleasure for me. I knew it wasn’t a great game. It had problems. Yet, I still enjoyed getting it out every once in a while for some zombie fighting in the tropics. Odds are, Dead Island: Riptide will be the same thing, so why not go ahead and use your tax refunds to get it.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a good game for people who took a big hit when it came to paying taxes. If you use your tax refunds on this, you can amass a virtual fortune and be master of an entire town. Think of it as your ideal life, provided said life also included a flock of anthropomorphic animals.

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Resident Evil: Revenlations (PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Windows)

I played Resident Evil: Revelations back when it was on the 3DS. I can attest to the fact that it’s a good game. It’s quite worthwhile, which means it would be a safe investment once all of your tax refunds arrive. You’ll get a solid Resident Evil adventure starring many of your favorite characters. In the case of Wii U owners, you’re getting a new game, period. Yay! (I kid, because I have a Wii U too and it makes it hurt less.)

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Injustice: Gods Among Us (PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

So far, it’s looking like injustice: Gods Among Us has the potential to be a great game. Still, for some people, fighters are a risky purchase. If you aren’t really skilled, the online aspect can be frustrating. Nobody likes being constantly beaten. If there isn’t a strong story mode, the single player aspect suffers. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I usually get tired of them quicker than I do action, shooter, RPG or simulation games. Using found funds would make it easier to justify the purchase of a game you may not spend at least 10 hours playing.

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Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut (PS3)

Deadly Premonition is a polarizing game. Some people have absolutely loved it, others despise it. Which means grabbing it could prove to be a risk. Yes, the PS3 version is supposed to be optimized with all kinds of extra content and rewrites, but it is still that uncertain game at its core. If you’re going to take a chance on it, better to do so with money you can pretend is a gift.

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