It happens every summer: the impending holiday release schedule looks unbelievably stacked, and then one by one the big titles get put back to the following year.
Batman: Arkham Knight and Battlefield Hardline have been perhaps the biggest games bitten by the delay bug, but several other titles not beginning with "Bat" (we're looking at you, The Order: 1886) also fit the bill.
Fortunately there are plenty of cracking games still on the horizon for what's left of 2014 - from massive online shooters to open-world racers to quirky platformers.
Don't believe us? A quick look at our picks for the 20 most exciting games left in 2014 ought to convince you otherwise.
1. Hyrule Warriors
Koei Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series lost its lustre many years back, yet continues to pump out dull hack-and-slash entries – so it's easy to turn a cynical eye towards this mash-up with The Legend Of Zelda. But seeing Link, Sheik, Ganondorf, and loads of other playable characters battling waves of cartoonish foes can't help but get our nostalgic, Nintendo-loving hearts pumping like mad. Hope we're not let down.
Due: 19 September / Wii U
2. Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
Last year's debut showed that Disney could hang with Skylanders in the toy-based game world, and Infinity 2.0 looks set to amplify the action with a bevy of superhero showdowns.
The Avengers characters are bundled in, plus there are Spider-Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy sets, and all other Infinity figurines work as well. The game worlds are also much larger than in the first version, and the freeform Toy Box mode has been simplified. So, whether you're genuinely buying it for your kids or just using that as an excuse, it looks well worth checking out.
Due: 19 September / PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3
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3. FIFA 15
FIFA made a big splash on new-gen consoles last year, with FIFA 14 towering over not only the competition but also its own appearance on older platforms. The next version - unsurprisingly titled FIFA 15 - looks set to push things ever further ahead come September.
While not representing a dramatic shift in strategy, EA's latest footie sim seeks to tap into more of that hardware power to deliver stadium-specific crowd interactions and more realistic player responses. But the changes aren't only cosmetic: we've played an early version and also felt that the computer-controlled players made more intelligent runs, ball control is tighter and passing slicker.
Whether it can make up for the disappointment of England's World Cup campaign remains to be seen.
Due: 26 September / Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS
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4. Forza Horizon 2
Forza Motorsport 5 was the Xbox One's flashy launch showcase, but Horizon 2 shakes up the routine with an open-world romp through southern Europe.
Expect a massive amount of terrain split between France and Italy, with loads of challenges, online Car Meets with other players, and a day/night cycle featuring dynamic weather. That's the new-gen version, at least; the Xbox 360 game may not share all features.
Due: 30 September / Xbox One, Xbox 360
5. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
We've played enough mediocre Lord Of The Rings games to know better by this point, but we keep hearing such excellent things about Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor that we're determined to give it another chance.
Filling in the gap between The Hobbit and the main trilogy, this open-world action role-player makes bold strides in enemy AI and generally makes you feel like a bad, bad man in the familiar fantasy world.
Due: 30 September / PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360
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