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)
Fizz (DS)
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)
Tigerz (DS)

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Ginger_Jesus's Avatar


Well Frontlines: Fuel of War has totally caught my eye. It supports 32 players online, so that would be good also the single player campaign looks great. To me it offers you old style FPS, with some elements of COD 4 in their as well. Like blowing up buildings, you can shoot through some concrete walls and etc.

I downloaded the demo on XBL and the online is brillant, I heard there is a hack aimbot for the PC. Its on youtube, I guess people would get very annoyed from that to be very fair with you lot. I also do recommend Lost Odyssey, I have got the japanese import of the game. And if you like FF, Blue Dragon type of fighting structure then you would love Lost Odyssey. Its their to fill the gap for the main hitters for the 360 like gears 2, Ninja Gaiden, Fable 2 and the list goes on.
Posted 18:29 on 26 February 2008
TomO's Avatar


Netmind, the point wasn't to show the PC in a lesser light, but to show the amount of games it has available, hence the "lots more" part, something I should add the 360 didn't get. We could have listed every PC FPS released, but we assumed people would get the idea from listing two of the most popular. There's no intention to be biased. If we really had been biased, surely we wouldn't have listed the PC version of Frontlines at all?

It's true that we cover less PC titles than console, but if we aren't sent PC versions we aren't comfortable publishing a review for them. For the record, we do play PC games, but given that the Xbox 360 is more popular in terms of sales and site traffic, it makes sense for us to make sure our 360 coverage is top notch.
Posted 17:20 on 26 February 2008
Netmind's Avatar


"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."

So PC gamers can't "partake" in CoD? Is CoD only for 360 now then? CoD4 is more played on PC then any other multiplayer FPS' on PC.
PC also got more CoD games then 360 so I'd say that was a bad example.

Had to be said, too much attention to the 360 on this site.. :/
Posted 16:20 on 26 February 2008
FantasyMeister's Avatar


Having to choose between Persona 3 and Lost Odyssey is a nightmare considering I'm about to start a second playthrough of Mass Effect. I've still got to take the seal off Rogue Galaxy, I'm yet to start Eternal Sonata and I'm just about to finish FFXII ('Just' as in about 20 hours to go). So many games, so little time!

Frontline and Lost Odyssey are both currently hovering at 77% on Metacritic, Persona 3 is loitering at 87%, so a great week for RPG fans.
Posted 10:47 on 26 February 2008

Game Stats

Release Date: 22/02/2008
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Rhythm Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 7+
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