Welcome to Heads-up, VideoGamer.com's weekly feature which gives you an at-a-glance run-down on the games you'll be able to buy or rent this weekend. Every Tuesday we'll pick out the best of the bunch, link to our reviews and previews and keep you in the video game loop so you have enough time to pre-order for Friday's post. Time to splash the cash.
Recommendation of the Week: Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, Nintendo DS
Although most famous for its hit role-playing games, the Final Fantasy series does occasionally step outside of its comfort zone. Final Fantasy Tactics, most recently released on PSP, took the turn-based strategy genre and fit it into the much loved Final Fantasy universe to great acclaim - the game scored a very impressive 9/10 on VideoGamer.com.
Now comes Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, an RTS which merges the storytelling of the Final Fantasy series with the action of the best RTS games on the market. Events unfold one year after the PS2's Final Fantasy XII and the game promises to answer player questions about what happens next to heroes Vaan, Penelo, Fran and Balthier.
Players can expect to get a solid 20 hours from the game, making it excellent value to boot.
Also out this week
Battalion Wars 2, Wii: Kuju's sequel to its popular GameCube war game has finally made it to UK stores. Despite some shortcomings, improved visuals, a solid single-player campaign and competent online multiplayer add up to make it a worthy addition to your Wii game collection.
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements, Xbox 360: This 'enhanced' port of the mainly positively received PC title is looking a little long in the tooth by modern standards, but its Source engine roots can still shine. This Xbox 360 version also boasts a handful of new single-player levels and a bunch of new multiplayer maps.
Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, PSP: This two/three game collection sees the first Western release of the previously Japanese only Dracula X: Rondo of Blood. This has been included in its original PC Engine CD form and in enhanced form featuring 3D visuals and newly recorded music and voice acting. Also on the UMD is a version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which includes some minor improvements over the already available PlayStation and Xbox 360 versions.
And the rest...
Cooking Mama 2 (DS)
Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey (Wii)
Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (Wii)
Dragoneer's Aria (PSP)
Game Party (Wii)
Hour of Victory (PC)
Naruto Ninja Destiny (DS)
Miami Nights: Singles in the City (DS)
Penumbra: Black Plague (PC)
Telly Addicts (Wii)
Totally Spies 3 - Secret Agents (DS, Wii, PS2)
Ratatouille: Food Frenzy (DS)