So, as the dust finally seems to be settling on E3 and all the ruckus that Microsoft's announcement and then hilarious U-turn caused, I have taken some time to reflect a little on the idea of the "next generation" and what this generation has brought me.
Firstly, this generation, I have played and completed more games this generation that I have EVER done in any previous one. I blame achievements for this. Love them or loathe them, they have made me feel like I have had my money's worth out of far more games than I ever did before. Thinking back to my PS2 and PS1 days, I think I could probably count the amount of games I played and completed on one hand, possibly utilising a few fingers from the other hand. This generation; I think I have played and completed nearly 100 games. That is a huge deal (to me at least).
Some games have been terrible, most have been ok, some have been great, and a few have been genuinely amazing. The ones that stand out for me this generation (in no particular order) are:
The Mass Effect series
Minecraft (obviously :D )
There is also a huge list of games that have been great such as Far Cry 3, Dragon Age: Origins, Little Big Planet, Gear of War (the reason I joined this generation)etc., but I could go on all day listing games.
The thing is, I haven't finished with this generation yet, there is still a huge list of games that I haven't yet played. Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, Fallout: NV, Dishonoured etc. I am just not ready yet, nevermind commit to a platform.
What about you guys? Are you ready for this generation to end? I see lots of threads, blogs etc. where people are saying they want this generation over already, but how can they? Surely they haven't played ALL these games yet, or are they not interested in them? I also haven't seen anything in particular "next gen" that is drawing me in. What will "next gen" offer that this generation hasn't been able to fulfil? Will it only be a graphical changes, or are we expecting something entirely different?