This generation has indeed lasted longer than previous generations in the industry, and Crytek founder Cevat Yerli said gamers are suffering from a "certain fatigue level."
In speaking to Gamasutra , Yerli talked about the recently released Crysis 3 , which he considers to be the studio's "masterpiece" despite scoring lower with critics than previous games in the series.
He tried to explain the relatively lukewarm reception by the critics by saying gamers are just tired with this generation:
""Some games have lost up to 20 percent, despite the fact that the games are quite good still. That's because there's a certain fatigue level with the old generation currently. The markets are down[…]people's expectations are much more radical than the current generation of games are doing."
Yerli added that when the next-generation consoles hit the market, that will "reinvigorate" gamers and critics and "elevate new concepts of gaming which old platforms are right now limiting." What he says makes sense but I have one problem with the statement- You talk about "new concepts" but in fact, one of the big reasons Crysis 3 didn't score off the charts is because it didn't do anything new. Are you blaming that on old hardware?
Personally, I blame it on a more fast-food approach to that franchise, Mr. Yerli. Not that the game was bad (far from it), but I think Crysis aficionados and other critics understand what I mean.