I know there is a topic 'Best developer of this generation' but that is for one only for developers and two a poll. This is for serious discussion regarding the current-generation (7th) as a whole, and how would you rate it and do you think it was better than the previous (6th) gen. Considering that the next-gen consoles are just around the corner.
For me, I am a 2000's kid (I was born in 2000) and gaming itself for me started in the PS2 era/the sixth generation/the previous generation. I grew up with games such as GTA: Vice City, Halo: Combat Evolved, Midtown Madness 2, GTA: San Andreas etc and I prefer the previous-gen simply because of the nostalgia and because Single player was the main importance back in the day.
Now, I am not a fan of multiplayer at all, but unfortunately developers think otherwise. A fine example being GTA V, where I heard that a lot of content was left for Online.
I dislike the Games for Windows service and all those multiplayer platforms as I'd like to call it, like origin. Whenever I install a game, I need to sign up for some things which I really don't need to play the game. At these points I wonder, Why can't gaming go back to the PS2 era? Where all you needed to do was pop in the CD, install the game and bam play. So simple.
The quality of games has increased by a big jump which is great. Developers are pushing consoles to the limits, again GTA V is a fine example. Both graphically (Crysis 3, Far Cry 3) and gameplay-wise (GTA V, Red Dead Redemption) which is fantastic however at the same time developers are becoming more money-minded (For example pre-order bonuses etc)
Another good example for money-minded developers is Call of Duty which has been on a downward spiral ever since COD 4 and World at War. The games have been the same every year with no change except for the story.
We did witness the birth of new IP's this gen, Assassins Creed, Uncharted being some of the fine examples. I personally love AC and definitely one of the best new IP's this generation.
Hitman: Absolution was certainly a pretty under appreciated game this generation. Yes, it didn't feel like a Hitman game but it was certainly a fun game nonetheless.
Fallout and The Elder Scrolls received upgrades this generation. Fallout 3, the first one since the fifth generation with a graphical and gameplay upgrades along with Oblivion and Skyrim.
GTA has been great this gen, GTA IV was a great game for me and GTA V certainly looks that way. However I'll reserve my judgement for V when I play it.
Both the PS3 and the 360 sold well this generation, each were successful in their own departments. The next gen doesn't look that way, though with the Xbox one being cited as a flop.
The Wii U however can be considered disappointing, from a company which has developed a master pieces such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario bros. etc you'd have certainly expected much more, however what remains to be seen is whether Nintendo will bounce back next-gen.
Overall, I enjoyed this gen but I feel that developers are getting lured away by money and focusing more on MP, Overall I'd rate this generation a solid 8/10. I'd rate the previous gen a solid 9.5/10. Simply because of the nostalgia and the fact that games weren't focused on MP and developers weren't money-minded.