There have been many bad things about this generation. Online passes, DLC exploitation, the birth of the absurd microtransaction, the decline of once great developers like Square and Capcom and the rise to prominence of the fanboy mentality. However there is one thing that for me has made these things bearable. The games.
I've played a lot of games in the last 7 or so years, as i'm sure many people on N4G have. Some of them have been absolutely abysmal. Ride to Hell, Turning Point, Mindjack to name a few, but I don't want to talk about them. I want to talk about the shear amount of brilliant games this generation has seen (and I am aware the games I may place here may not be to everyone's taste).
I mean this year alone I can barely remember the amount of high quality titles I have played and genuinely enjoyed, and I am not a gamer to criticise, I am a gamer as it is my passion and I love the medium. I want to enjoy.
There are games this year that obviously stick out. The three main ones being TLOU, Bioshock Infinite and GTA5. There has been so much more than that though. Tomb Raider, Ni No Kuni, Injustice, Grid 2, Beyond Two Souls, Metro Last Light, The Wolf Among Us, Outlast, Shadowrun, Divinity Dragon Commander, State of Decay, SC Blacklist, and after it was fixed with many patches Rome 2. These are just some of the great experiences I have had in one year. And i'm currently playing Arkham Origins and GT6 is on the horizon. I'm sure i've missed some as well so feel free to add them.
If you look back through this generation as it has grown we have had some stone cold classics release. Red Dead Redemption is probably the best open world title ever made. Whether you love or hate Skyrim it was a great place to be and explore for the first time. The entirety of The Uncharted series and God of War 3. Killzone 2. The Left for Dead series, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Lost Odyssey, Infamous, Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Dishonored, Borderlands, Assassin's Creed, Dead Space, Arkham Asylum, Spec Ops The Line, the rebirth of XCOM, Deus Ex HR, The Witcher 2, Dark/Demon's Souls, Dragon's Dogma. I mean this list could go on and on and on and I could be here all night.
As I said, I play games for enjoyment and I feel I have been spoiled this generation. I have had some of the best experiences I have ever had with the medium and it has been so nice to watch the games grow. There have been misteps, no denying that, but as a whole games are stronger than they have ever been. Lesson's have been learnt and implemented and I think this generation was only the beginning. It was genesis if you will, and that isn't taking anything away from the older eras, it is just I feel games have come further in this generation than they have in previous ones.
I can't wait to see what comes next from the medium I love but I expect it will surprise many, including myself.
Long live gaming. I think it is only going to get stronger.