Just an FYI, you will see our review right around the 20th. We're on top of this one, as we've had it for a few weeks already. Kinda fun. 😉

Anyway, one of the most interesting discussions concerning this game is its popularity…or evident lack thereof. It really depends on who you talk to, but I'm starting to think this title has the chance to enjoy solid sales.

At first, I was pretty well convinced the game would be a borderline flop. It's just not enough of a hotly anticipated blockbuster to compete with the likes of Call of Duty: Black Ops II , Halo 4 , and Assassin's Creed III this holiday season. On top of which, many gamers might be looking to play catch-up, which means they'll still want to play titles such as Dishonored , Resident Evil 6 , Borderlands 2 , and maybe one of the fighters from September ( Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or Dead or Alive 5 ). The competition is just crazy stiff (as usual) and I thought Battle Royale would register low on the average gamer's priority list.

Now, however, I'm starting to rethink that position. It really does seem like a fair amount of PS3 owners out there are interested, and the game got a lot of positive feedback over the past few months. The beta tests appeared to go really well and I had fun playing…me, who really has very little interest in such a concept. That says something. On top of which, I think I've been underestimating the draw power of some of the more iconic PlayStation characters. I initially made the argument that not enough people care about Kratos, Drake, Sly, Cole, Ratchet, etc. In direct comparison to the highly recognizable and timeless icons in the Smash Bros. games, the roster doesn't have the same timeless punching power, does it?

Well, it doesn't, but these characters really have stood the test of time and a great many – millions even – really adore members of the PlayStation family. Furthermore, with gaming being more social than ever, there really isn't much else like Battle Royale available this holiday season; it's a potentially fantastic party game. I really think this is more about getting a bunch of friends in the same room, having a blast. Online is always an option, of course, but the main draw could be what I like to call the "living room competition." Yeah, you remember the days when that was the only multiplayer we had, right? Essentially, there's actually a lot in PlayStation All-Stars to like, and so…

This could be a much hotter ticket than I thought.