Obviously the current cycle of consoles is not over yet, but it [at least] seems that the end may soon be in sight. Speculations are starting to ramp up, rumors are popping up, it always starts in the same way near the end of a cycle’s life. It’s hard to see the 360/PS3 past 2012/2013, especially with the Wii U reveal this year.
As it currently stands, would you agree that COD4 and the first Gears of War are the most influential games of this generation? A couple of my friends and I were discussing this earlier today, and we basically agreed because both of those games had a huge impact on their respective genres (and in some cases other ones as well). Post COD4/Gears, when was the last time an fps came out without persistent systems/perks, and other than Space Marine and Monday Night Combat, when was the last time a tps had no cover system? It seems that COD4/Gears totally changed genre expectations. We also talked about GTA 4 and Oblivion, but we decided that their particular influences were not felt on the same scale.
Do you agree or disagree? Would you say there are other, more influential games that have come out in the past 5 or so years?