Eurogamer: Just over 18 months ago, when a fair few of us were feeling stifled by a climate of stale sequels and tired genre retreads, finding an Actual New Game was a tough task. Looking for something that would "leave us brimming with wonder and excitement" left us with only a polite fistful of games - and one of those was The Last Guardian, which given its state of permanent limbo probably doesn't even count.
At the start of the year there were brighter prospects, but as we've raced through the halfway checkpoint of 2013 something incredible has happened. Compiling a list of what's new and exciting in games has been a pretty wonderful and exciting exercise in itself, and the sheer amount of surprises that have cropped up in the leftfield has surely proven that, in many ways, this is something of a golden age.
So excuse this collection for being a little long-winded - just think of it as a reminder of how fortunate we are to be playing games when there are so many new possibilities being opened, and so many new worlds unfurling and waiting for us to explore.