This may be over-simplifying things a bit; but, if you're never seen Starhawk and are wondering what it plays like, think of it as third-person Battlefield in space. There's more to it than that, like RTS elements and mech combat, but the general idea of a large-scale battle happening with players filling roles both in vehicles and on foot is in place in this game.

Also a lot like Battlefield is the fact that Starhawk is exceptionally fun. Once you get over the slightly steep learning curve, you'll have a blast dropping in from orbit and smashing through your foes one at a time.

Right now, if you own a PlayStation 3 and have it hooked up to the PlayStation Network, you can download and have access to the Starhawk public beta. The beta has been happening on a private and semi-public level for a few months, but it became officially open to everyone last night.

The beta itself only features the multiplayer arm of the game, and the map lineup only includes two unique levels. The PlayStation Blog post that announced the open nature of the beta included word that Lightbox Interactive and Sony Santa Monica will be working to add new content to the experience while it's still free:

In the coming weeks we'll be upgrading the Beta a ton. You can expect a new map, new vehicles, new weapons, 32-player max matches and more. Remember, this is still a beta, not a demo. We are actively finding and fixing problems — and we need your feedback!

Once the beta's officially over (know that the closing date has not been announced yet), Starhawk will launch for the PlayStation 3 on May 8th of this year. Check it out while it's still free, we promise it's fun.

[via PlayStation Blog]

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