Tribes AscendOf note (thanks RPS):
Tribes: Ascend developers Hi-Rez Studios have crumbled to the pressure I exerted with my catchy protest chant and will be opening the beta of their online shooter on Friday Feb 24th, at exactly 5pm.
Here's the game website: Tribes Ascend.
I'm putting this up because two people I highly respect have told me, in no uncertain terms, that Tribes: Ascend is entirely badass (and they both played Tribes 2 for 200+ hours). So if you were a fan of the Tribes series, this looks to be an entirely worthy successor.