Originally Posted by TenezCO
Anyone else feel like the gaming industry is in a state of stagnation, if not outright devolution (as in, game quality is actually less than it used to be)?
Take, for example, Battlefield 3. Although technically more sophisticated, the gameplay is (IMO) substantially stripped-down and markedly worse than Battlefield 2. We all know this is supposed to be EA's way to attempting to appeal to a wider audience (why does mass appeal have to mean junk anyway?) .... however, that doesn't change the reality of the game itself compared to BF 2.
Valve hasn't produced a sequel to HL2, and haven't made anything particularly interesting recently.
Crysis 2 was worse (IMO) than Crysis 1, and Crysis 3 came out on the same engine as 2 and wasn't too great.
It seems like most games these days are actually less innovative, less interesting, more "corporate-hollow" than original and creative.
I built a new machine last summer with great hardware... and I've yet to buy a game that is really great, amazing, or in any way reminiscent of the gameplay experiences I would get basically anytime prior to 5 or so years ago (back then we had Crysis, HL2, BF2, etc. etc.)
Even Skyrim was just a better version of Oblivion on the same engine.
I realize next-gen consoles are coming out soon so hopefully we'll see some truly new material... however, I can't remember a time prior to this since I've started gaming where there have been so few truly good titles (for my definition of good).
Anyone else feel this way? And it's not just because I'm older, when you consider the fact that games from 5+ years ago were more intellectually interesting than what we get today.