These past two years have really been good for gaming. There have been so many amazing games that have been released, such as Mass Effect or Call of Duty 4. This holiday season promises even more amazing games, and for a gamer like me, that means that my wallet is going to get a lot lighter. Below is a list of some games I’m really, really, really excited for.

Rock Band 2: What is there to say? It’s the sequel to one of the first games to do full band gameplay well. Not to mention that the setlist is guaranteed to be gigantic, with new songs coming out every week, and the ability to have all of the original Rock Band songs and all the ones you have downloaded. I think my head is going to asplode.

Spore: Will Wright is a real genius. If you haven’t heard about him, then maybe you’ve heard of a little game named the Sims? Yeah, that’s Will’s brain child. He’s not working on the new Sims 3, because he is putting all his energy into Spore. When I watched the demo video for this game, I nearly peed myself. Seriously, I thought I needed new pants. This game has been released recently, and has been met with lackluster reviews. Something about DRM. Is that really such a big deal? I don’t think so. I great game is a great game, DRM or no DRM. UPDATE: With the help of the sis, I did some more research on Spore’s DRM, and have concluded that it is a big deal. Hopefully EA will get their shit together. Then again, I can’t really say. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy, but when I do, don’t expect me to update for a while except to say “ZOMG SPORE!1” The only thing I’m worried about is the planets that are going to be filled with penis-monsters once I start space exploration.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed: I’ve recently just played the demo for this. I have to say, that it’s really fun to go and obliterate storm troopers with a nice force push. Even better is to throw a TIE Fighter at a group of those guys. I’ve read reviews, and they haven’t been the best either. I think I’ll have to rent this game before I dish out 60 big ones for it. Still, I maintain that impaling a storm trooper whilst throwing him through the air is one of the best things ever.

Fable 2: I absolutely loved playing Fable 1. There’s something about being able to choose your own path when playing a game that really makes it great. The hype around Fable 2 is enormous, and I hope that Peter Molyneux can fully deliver on all his promises. From the screen shots I’ve seen, the game looks really promising and if it’s anything like the first one, I’m sure I’ll love it.

Fallout 3: Any self respecting gamer has heard about the Fallout series. Fans have waited years for the next installment, and it’s finally here. This amazing shooter, RPG, strategy hybrid set in a post-apocalyptic world is sure to please even the most discriminate among us. Unfortunately, I don’t really know much about the game itself, but from the screenshots, it’s looking really good. I guess I have to wait until October 28th to find out.

Gears of War 2: This is another game that I’m sure I’ll love. When I first got this game, I obsessed over it for months trying to do every single thing. The multiplayer wasn’t the best in the world, but it was one of the first games that I’ve seen do online co-op really well. CliffyB is one of my favorite people in the video game business, and this game promises to be, in his words, “bigger, better, and more badass.”

Mirror’s Edge: This is from the makers of the Battlefield series. It’s a little weird to see them making something other than their standard flavor of shooter, but the screens for this game look really interesting. The thing that really got me excited about this game is that it’s pretty much a first person parkour game. I’m really excited to see how they accomplish making the moves realistic seeing as how all the animation is done by hand. The style that this game is done in is also really interesting. It looks really simplistic, mostly white but highlighted by paths of orange, and clean but is still really detailed. I can’t wait till this baby finally gets released and from what I’ve heard, that would be the 24th of November.

By the way, Apple has recently released the next generation of iPod.