Battlefield 3 - PC, PS3 and Xbox 360
Like a weird rash we had during our GCSE's, Battlefield 3 simply refuses to go away. But, unlike the weird rash we had during our GCSE's, we're more than happy to look at it every single day. DICE's Frostbite 2 engine looks even glossier and more resplendent than Cheryl Cole's beautiful hair, and Battlefield 3's impressive infantry animations are the perfect complement to the series' usual vehicular combat.
We still need to see it running on consoles, but playing through a multiplayer map set in the Paris Metro system actually made us do some mental arithmetic to work out just how much it would cost to assemble a top-flight PC.
Each piece of the game - from large-scale military operations to the individual thrill of ducking down behind an M-COM station while you wait for it to explode - slot together in a way that should make any FPS player get down on their knees and weep with joy. The sights and sounds of this game are just… well, they're the chuffing future.
Bastion - Xbox 360 (XBLA), PC
Bastion is the best game that you know absolutely nothing about. Trust us - we're almost always right. It's a gorgeous watercolour action RPG, which you might have seen recently announced as part of 2011's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade. Did I mention it's gorgeous? The hand-painted world is a mixture of lush greenery and twisting architecture, and the game dynamically produces its own narration. You'd think the latter thing would be complete guff, but for some reason it isn't.
This is the kind of game that comes out of nowhere and takes everybody by storm. It will almost definitely be better than almost everything else put out this year, and will be made available this summer for a fraction of a full-price release. If you're not excited, then you're probably mad.