The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Bethesda had a bloody great picture of the Dragonborn painted onto the side of a hotel in downtown LA, but you didn't need this to know that Skyrim was a big deal at this year's E3. Last week's demo finally gave us a long, drawn-out look at the game's dragons, and the impact was enough to send some people into a sort of RPG-induced Rapture. Not content with showing us one of the scaly beasts, duelling with the creature at the top of a ruined tower, the developers then took the piss by showing us an even bigger dragon, one capable of spewing lightning out of his toothy gob. On paper, Skyrim is fuelled by the same swords and sorcery shtick that has fuelled the genre since day one, but there's something compelling about the detail and grandeur that Bethesda is putting into its efforts. We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars - because that's where the skilltrees are.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations - PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Blimey, Ezio is getting on a bit. Now starring in his third consecutive Assassin's Creed game, our master assassin is still ready to kick the bottoms of all the evil Templar naughty men still roaming about Europe. Now we're off to Constantinople, the city that would later become Istanbul, adding a touch of the Ottoman Empire to proceedings.
The demo shown at E3 was one of the more lavish settings, littered with ritzy and expensive set-pieces, and had Ezio annihilating an entire harbour. It certainly looked the part, and destroyed any of the natural cynicism we had from Ubisoft wheeling out Ezio yet again.