I have to admit, this past generation has been pretty good for me, but I'm not really a typical games consumer. Games like Super Street Fighter 4, Xenoblade, Mario Galaxy, GTA4, Sin & Punishment etc all come to mind along with some great downloadables such as Limbo and Super Meat Boy. I've also enjoyed some great retro titles like Daytona USA, Jet Set Radio, Nights and Guardian Heroes along with the Virtual Console.|
However there's been so much blandness that, in general, I don't think many people will look back on this generation with much fondness. We've pretty much had one genre dominating followed by third person action games (which arn't even much different to the dominant genre) - there have been plenty of great games, as I've mentioned, but they only seemed to get passing attention. Then there's the whole DLC problem, which has wound me up no end.
I'd have loved to add Street Fighter X Tekken to my favourite games list, but every time I play it I know that a good chunk of my game is locked away. I mean in the 16-bit days we'd have Street Fighter 2 and Super Street Fighter 2 but I could just miss out the first version and buy the Super instead for no extra cost than the price of a full game. With Street Fighter X Tekken you have to buy the full game then extra on top to get the "Super" version (or the full version as I see it) - it's complete bull and it's stuff like that ruining the current generation for me. I can avoid the blandness but it's hard to avoid stuff like that.
@Boab I'm mostly a console gamer so, no, I'm not trying to one up PC gaming. I'm just fed up of the direction consoles are going and I'm just finding the PC to be a simpler solution. We already know the PS4 isn't backwards compatible and if the next Xbox isn't either, then I'll lose titles like Limbo, Super Meat Boy and all the downloadables I've bought. I'll also be without a GTA game for a start since GTA5 is a current gen game and it'll be some years before 6 is out. I'm just starting to wonder what the point is. On my PC I can keep GTA4, keep GTA5, keep all my downloadables and also play new games. It's not about putting consoles down, it's about people deciding what their options are in the next generation to keep playing the games they love.