A look ahead to Friday's new releases.
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: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Expansion Pack - PC
Although World of Warcraft has had some competition over the last couple of years, nothing has even come close to toppling the MMO giant. Expansion packs for PC games aren't usually headline news, but when said expansion is going to be one of the top selling games of the year and the game is one of the most popular ever created, you have to take notice. The new continent of Northrend, the Death Knight class and the increase in level cap to 80 are the big additions, so prepare to push all your other games to the side again.
Recommendation of the Week: Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts - Xbox 360
Marmite games seem to be all the rage at the moment. You'd be forgiven for thinking that you can only have one of two opinions about new releases, with everyone falling into the "it's crap" or the "it's brilliant" camps. Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts is certainly one of these games, with its vehicle-based gameplay likely to upset anyone thinking they're getting a traditional platformer. Get over the fact that Banjo will be riding in cars, boats, planes and helicopters for most of the game (that you've created) and you'll hopefully find one of the most creative and unique games of 2008.
Recommendation of the Week: Football Manager 2009 - PC
If watching football doesn't take up enough of your time already and you need even more of the beautiful game, Football Manager 2009 is for you. Your misery felt because of the performance of your underperforming team in real life can be mimicked by your virtual team, or just maybe you'll be able to turn your team into title contenders. Yes, it's similar to the previous few games, but that won't stop you sinking hours into tweaking every aspect of your squad and tactics.
Recommendation of the Week: Mirror's Edge - Xbox 360 and PS3
Two Marmite games in one week. Like Banjo, Mirror's Edge will divide opinion, with very few people thinking it's just 'OK'. We happen to really like DICE's first-person action platformer, mainly down to its superbly simple control scheme and deceptive depth, but others may well find the trial and error gameplay to be a little too much to take in an age where hand holding has become the norm. It helps that it's gorgeous and that the soundtrack is stunning, but if you didn't like the demo you won't like the full release.
Also worth a look
Alone in The Dark: Inferno - PS3
Call of Duty: World at War - Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2 and DS
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Xbox 360
Football Manager 2009 Handheld - PSP
Guitar Hero: World Tour (Complete Band Pack) - Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii
Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party - Wii and DS
Lord of the Rings: Mines of Moria - PC
Singstar ABBA - PS3 and PS2
SingStar Vol.3 - PS3
And the rest...
All Star Cheerleader - Wii and DS
Deal or no Deal: The Banker is Back - Wii and DS
Disney Fairies: Tinkerbell - DS
Disney Think Fast: The Family Quiz Game - PS2
Disney's High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! - Wii
Dungeon Maker - DS
Facebreaker KO Party - Wii
Flower Sun and Rain - DS
Fun Park - Wii and DS
Golden Balls - DS
Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - DS
Love, Fashion and Friends: Element Girl - DS
My Boyfriend - DS
My Horse and Me 2 - PC
My Vet Practice: In the Countryside - Wii and DS
NHL 2K9 - Wii
Rubik's Puzzle World - DS
Scene It? Box Office Smash - Xbox 360
Shaun White Snowboarding - Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP and DS
Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip - Wii
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance - DS
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels - Wii
Think: Train Your Brain - DS
Tom Clancy's EndWar - PSP
Trackmania - DS
Wii Music - Wii