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.


There's no shortage of quality to choose from this week, with Dishonored and XCOM looking like solid bets for PC and console gamers. If you're after a portable experience, Pokemon Black/White Version 2 might be more suitable, with the latest entry in the hugely successful franchise unlikely to disappoint fans. If you have to pick one game, we'd go with either Dishonored or XCOM, with the latter currently generating more buzz here in the office.

Worth a look

Oh Kinect, how we wish you were better. Fable - The Journey is the most obvious attempt to tap into the hardcore crowd with a Kinect game, but we can't help but think most would simply prefer to be playing another traditional entry in the series. WRC 3 follows two rather limp games, although the recently released demo for the third game suggests the team has finally got its act together.

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