Just a heads up for those of you that were interested in Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow's unique Spy vs. Mercs multiplayer mode, but didn't want to buy the game just to try it.
Fileplanet has an open beta going on, just sign up and they'll send you a cd key for use during the beta and the download link.http://www.fileplanet.com/betacenter/sc_chaostheory/signup/index.aspx
For those that don't remember, the Spy vs. Mercs game is one of the few stealth based MP games that actually worked. There are four players to a server, two spies, and two mercenaries.
The spies must achieve their objectives, depending on the map, and the mercs must prevent them from doing so.
Both sides have very unique play styles, with the mercs getting the classic FPS view and some gadgets, and a flashlight to light up dark areas. They also get rifle and various melee attacks. They also get two special vision modes, EM vision, which can detect spies when they use their electronics, and motion detector, which detects fast motion across their screen and highlights anything that's moving quickly, even in dark areas.
Spies get SC's third person view giving them more situational awareness, nightvision, thermal vision (can see through walls and detect traps), and some other nonlethal gadgets. Their lethal abilities are limited to up close grapples, and are quite fragile if detected. They also have a wide variety of moves that allow them to go places that mercs can't.
Anyway, give it a try.
Edit: Oh, and a word of warning. This multiplayer game has a high learning curve, but stick with it, the gameplay is very rewarding.
If anyone wants to, I'm willing to meet up with people online and run a tutorial game where I can coach people through the game. They had the foresight to implement a "Tutor" server option that allows both teams to talk to each other.