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 ultimate in post-pub and family gathering party games makes its PS3 debut this week, with a host of new features set to propel SingStar firmly into the next generation. The formula is the same as it's always been, only now you can record your performance on camera to be shared with the rest of the SingStar community. The SingStore also opens the door for endless downloadable tracks to expand the karaoke selection.
You wait for a quality PlayStation 3 title to turn up, then what do you know, two arrive in stores on the same day. Joining SingStar this week is Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a beautiful action adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. Solid action sequences are mixed with some excellent platforming to create another must have title for the now much more recommended PlayStation 3.
The English beauty makes her Wii debut with the release of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, a remake of the first Tomb Raider title which wowed gamers back in the days of the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. Just as with the PS2, PC and Xbox 360 remakes, this Wii edition is much more than a port of a classic title, featuring vastly expanded tombs, new puzzles and a really impressive graphical upgrade. Wii owners also get some new motion controls, both for action sections and puzzles.
As one of the games that put gaming on the radar of more than just children, the Wipeout franchise has a fine heritage and with Pulse, the second title for PSP, brings a host of new circuits, vehicles and weapons, plus an all-new online mode. Let's not forget the fully licensed soundtrack featuring big names in dance music such as Mason, Loco Dice and Stanton Warriors. Wipeout Pulse looks to deliver the ultimate in high-octane racing experiences for the gamer on the move.
It's fair to say that Nintendo hasn't been as quick to embrace the online revolution as everyone else, but slowly things are changing on the Wii. The first Wi-Fi Connection enabled title for the console was Mario Strikers Charged and this week will be joined by the first Pokémon title on the Wii: Pokémon Battle Revolution. Players use Pokémon from their Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games and battle them on the big screen, even taking the battles online.
Also new this week:
Smarty Pants (Wii)
Sonic Rivals 2 (PSP)
Dancing Stage Universe (Xbox 360)
Medal of Honor: Airborne (PS3)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (PS2, Wii, DS)
Cheggers Party Quiz (Wii)
Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP)
Yu Gi Oh! GX Tag Force 2 (PSP)
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (PC)
Hot Wheels: Beat That! (DS)
Hot Wheels: Beat That! (Xbox 360, Wii)
NBA Live 08 (PSP)
Pimp My Ride (PSP)
Mythmakers Superkart GP (Wii)
Barbie Island Princess (DS, Wii)
Telly Addicts (PSP)