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Welcome to Heads-up, our 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 Monday 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 smash open your piggy bank so you can spend its coin-shaped guts.

Worth a look

It's going to be pretty busy on store shelves this week, with a decent handful of new releases to pick from. The lascivious Catherine is the most interesting release, but also likely to be the most divisive. More welcoming to the masses are EA's Grand Slam Tennis 2 and SEGA's sports compendium Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games for the 3DS.

Elsewhere 2K releases the follow-up to the comic-book action title The Darkness, offering some of the most brutal and gory combat we've seen in a long time. EA, on the back of a well-received demo, sends epic western RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning out for release, hoping that lots of people are done with Skyrim and are after the next big time-sink.

And the rest...

  • One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP - Limited Edition - 3DS
  • Jagged Alliance: Back In Action - PC
  • Secret Mysteries In London - 3DS
  • Card Games: The Classics - DS
  • Pac-Man Party 3D - 3DS
  • APB Reloaded: The Boxed Special Edition - PC
  • Victorious: Time To Shine - Xbox 360

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Wido

I liked the demo of Kingdoms, so I may give this a pick up day one than later, but I am not sure. Extra kudos to the trade in of the Elite which has grant me some game purchases down the line which I wasn't intending of getting straight away.
Posted 17:57 on 06 February 2012
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FantasyMeister

The KoA:R demo grabbed me straight away. Think Fable crossed with Ego Draconis. The main purchase point for me is that as a melee I hate anything with ranged attacks, and there are lots of archers in the demo, but you can unlock a neat little move that pulls them instantly into melee range. Mwaha.

Now chuck in Skyrim's blacksmithing, alchemy, lockpicking, crime system, sprinkle with a million quests and get the Pringles on order.
Posted 17:12 on 06 February 2012
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MrGloomy

Looking forward to Reckoning. I've still loads I can do in Skyrim, but after 250+ hours, I think I should have another diversion. At least I can trade in MW3 towards it. I'm also thinking of getting rid of SC5 (controversial). I played it a bit over the weekend and I'm not feeling any love. I definately felt more impressed with SC4 when it came out, but SC5 has left me very frustrated. I'm pretty decent at fighters but SC5 seems like quite a light package. A ton of missing characters, nearly a dozen or so moves removed from the remaining characters (i.e. Mitsurugi must be missing 6-7 moves) and a dull single player. I can already see that the missing characters will probably end up as over-priced DLC. No Zasalamel, wtf?!? (sounds like a pasta sauce)

I'm also interested in The Darkness 2, but I think it can wait.
Posted 15:15 on 06 February 2012
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andyb2610

still too much to do with Skyrim for me to consider another RPG, plus Mass Effect 3 is almost here.....
Posted 15:00 on 06 February 2012
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FantasyMeister

I'm downloading the 1.9GB Kingdoms of Amalur demo now, I'm hoping it'll last me until the game drops in price :)
Posted 14:17 on 06 February 2012

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