If you're someone who just has a PS3 this holiday season you're probably already pretty overwhelmed with the feast of top-notch titles on store shelves. You've got Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet running, jumping, and swinging its way through thousands of user-made levels; Insomniac's Resistance 2 taking the fight to the Chimeran menace across America offline and on; stunningly well-done strategy gaming with Sega's Valkyria Chronicles; and deep and fun online and offline multi-environment racing with MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. And those are just the platform exclusives. Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, BioShock, and others are all hopping up and down vying for your dollars in the cross-platform arena.
Now that the Fall rush of game releases is over and retailers brace for what they hope is a big holiday shopping season you'd think the gaming media and podcasters would relax a bit and play some of these, but the big buzz I'm hearing is about the beta for Guerrila Games' Killzone 2. This is just the beta and it's garnering from positive impressions to definite praise from everywhere I look. That includes Penny-Arcade and the PS Nation podcast to name just two sources. It's got some time yet in the oven to smooth out the wrinkles, being headed our way in February of '09, and this beta might be more than just an attempt at a demo. Gamespy has beta impressions up along with lots of video.
The game's in a great place right now -- a highly visible beta building up to a low-density launch window that's sure to attract the hardcore gamer's attention. I won't be naive enough to say I'll have caught up with even most of this Fall's great games by then, but I'll be keeping a close eye on it all the same.