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: Frontlines: Fuel of War, Xbox 360, PC
It's never easy bringing a new first-person shooter IP to the market. The Xbox 360 already has giants including Halo and Call of Duty, while PC gamers can partake in some Battlefield, Counter Strike and lots more. What Frontlines does well is bring the feeling that you're actually in the middle of an evolving battle to your Xbox 360 or PC - something the linear Call of Duty series can't boast.
It's by no means the best looking shooter out there, but the sense of scale is impressive, as is the ability to make choices as to how you tackle the enemy. So much so that you can actually play through the single-player campaign numerous time and still feel that you're experiencing something new.
Also out this week
Lost Odyssey, Xbox 360: Mistwalker's second Xbox 360 RPG tells the story of Kaim, an immortal who has no memory of his previous 1,000 years of life. The reception has been mixed, but this certainly ranks up there with the best the genre has to offer on Xbox 360.
Lost, Xbox 360, PS3, PC: Ubisoft's official video game of the hit television series features all the characters you'll know from the show, but focuses on the newly created Elliot Maslow, a photo journalist and survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 who is suffering from amnesia. Players will encounter moments from the TV show as they try to unravel Elliot's mystery, complete with authentic Lost flashbacks.
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, PS3: Capcom's chilly action title has already done the rounds on Xbox 360 and PC and now it's time to show PS3 gamers what it's all about. It's not the most successful of ports we've ever seen, but gameplay remains pretty much intact. Worth a look but only if you can't play the significantly better Xbox 360 version.
And the rest...
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PSP)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 (PS2)
Asterix At The Olympic Games (Wii, PS2, DS)
Beautiful Katamari (Xbox 360)
Bleach: Shattered Blade (Wii)
Bleach: The Blade of Fate (DS)
Guilty Gear Core (Wii)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (DS)
Megaman ZX Advent (DS)
Blitzkrieg 2 Anthology (PC)
Call Of Duty: Triple Pack (PS2)
Fantasy Wars (PC)
Gothic Universe (PC)
Hard Rock Casino (PSP)
Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacifc - U-Boat Missions (PC)
SnoCross 2 Featuring Blair Morgan (PS2)
Spongebob: Atlantis Squarepantis (Wii, PS2, DS)
The Sims 2: Freetime Expansion Pack (PC)