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.
The game we've been waiting for since Super Mario 64 - Super Mario Sunshine didn't cut it - finally makes it to UK stores this week. Super Mario Galaxy looks to be full of all the charm and inventive gameplay which has made the series such a phenomenal success and promises to give hardened gamers a reason to strap on a Wii Remote this winter. Yes, the game features a two-player mode designed to attract a more causal gamer, but Galaxy is every bit a gamer's game and one which should be at the top of your shopping list.
Despite its success of home consoles, the PC is the home of the first-person shooter, and this week sees the long-awaited release of Crysis. Crytek's follow-up to the also groundbreaking FarCry, sets a new bar for visuals that pushes even the most top-end of enthusiast gaming PCs. You'll need to have invested a four-figure sum to get the most out of the game, and because of its hardware demands will no doubt be unattainable to many. But for those who can play it, look forward to an enthralling sci-fi tale packed with much more than a pretty coat of paint.
Based on the upcoming CG animated motion picture from Robert Zemeckis comes Beowulf The Game from Ubisoft. Developed using an advanced version of the YETI technology (GRAW and GRAW 2) the game certainly looks the part, boasting impressive visuals and much of the voice talent that worked on the film. Although an animated feature, Beowulf is by no means a children's film; the on-screen action is carried into the game with ample helpings of bloody violence and sexual themes.
Alongside Mario Galaxy, the week's biggest release is Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed. Originally intended to ship earlier in the year, Ubisoft Montreal's acrobatic action title is set during the Third Crusade, in the year 1191and sees players taking on the role of skilled assassin Altair. It's no secret that the game is much more than a story set in the past, but the truth is best left until you actually load up the game. Look out for a comprehensive review on VideoGamer.com tomorrow.
Also new this week:
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii. DS)
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (DS, Wii)
F.E.A.R. Files (Xbox 360)
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate (PC)
Viva Piñata: Party Animals (Xbox 360)
Silent Hill Origins (PSP)
Viva Piñata (PC)
Cars: Mater-National (Xbox 360)
SimCity Societies (PC)
Avatar: The Burning Earth (Xbox 360)
My Word Coach (Wii, DS)
Lifesigns: Hospital Affairs (DS)
High School Musical - Sing It! (Wii)
My Pet Dolphin (DS)
Bee Movie (Wii, Xbox 360, PS2, DS, PC)
Dragon Blade: Wrath of Fire (Wii)
Animal Paradise (DS)
Left or Right - Ambidextrous Challenge (DS)