This Kotaku editor is strapping on the space marine armor for the first time in a long time, ready to rip through Halo: Reach. Why play this Xbox 360 game now? It's December, of course!

More clearly, since "Game of the Year" talk is happening at Kotaku right now, it's time to catch up on some of the potential candidates that some of us missed while playing other video games this year. Having played through Call of Duty: Black Ops' campaign and much of its multiplayer this week as well, it's time to take the first-person shooting to the next level.

Now, that doesn't mean that either of those two games are nominees—Kotaku editors are making up their minds—but it looks like Halo: Reach, Mass Effect 2 and (maybe) Alan Wake are the next two games I'll be playing for fun and for work.

What about your weekend gaming plans? Any GOTY nominees sitting at the forefront of your thoughts?