If there was one key message to take from last month's E3, it was that 2015 is going to be a proper treat. The roll call of games coming out next year is just dizzying - Halo 5: Guardians! Bloodborne! Xenoblade Chronicles X! - and it's all so exciting that even some of what were set to be this year's biggest games didn't want to be left out, with the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Batman: Arkham Knight slipping back to get involved in the throng.
2014, though? Well, that's a slightly different story. It's not exactly going to be short on spectacle - I've found myself pining for Destiny's space-scapes so much they've begun to enter my dreams; Far Cry 4 is everything I'd wish for from the increasingly absurd series and Alien: Isolation looks set to be a nightmarish delight - but it's lacking a little in sparkle, and in drama.