It's no big secret that game sequels have gotten out of hand. Everybody has a favorite franchise, and it's always hard to see beloved characters retired from the roster. But when it comes to clinging to the tried-and-true to the exclusion of something new, the game industry is guiltier than most.

I mean, Final Fantasy is up to number fifteen--excuse me, XV--and that's not even counting all the spin-offs.

But a console refresh provides a chance to start over. Developers get to show off their latest ideas--often things that weren't even possible on previous platforms. We get new and inventive characters, unexplored worlds, and novel mechanics. A refresh year should easily be the most exciting time for game makers and gamers--especially with new versions of both the Xbox and PlayStation on the way.

Sure, we're still going to get a new Halo game, another Call of Duty, and another Assassin's Creed, but we're also getting games that provide new, inventive multiplayer experiences, or that interact with the world in a different way. We're even on the cusp of legitimate virtual reality suites!

There's a lot of same-old, same-old out there, but look past it. If E3 represented one thing this year, it was potential. It's past time for a new generation of games, and judging by some of the new offerings we saw at E3 this year--new IPs in the parlance of gaming--developers are determined to come out of the gate with their best feet forward.

Now they just have to deliver.