Oh and I think RTS's peaked in the mid 90's to early 2000s. AoE, Starcraft, Warcraft 2/3, Dark Reign, Supreme Commander, RA, C&C, Rise of Nations... What happened? It seems like nobody even makes RTS games anymore :(
The Beatles Rock Band opened a new door for music games. Imagine exploring the careers of historic figures, giving a deep dive into their library in lovingly crafted moodscapes, perfectly replicating the art of the day.
I've been digging through platformers all over the years and not a single one comes close to providing such a rock solid overall package.
The super tight controls and level design, the actually engaging story, genuinely memorable characters and that constant drive to be better with the intricately made ranking system, all combine into a near-perfect package.
To anyone saying JRPGs peaked during SNES/PSX era. Generally, yes. But we still have stand outs in the genre that can stand toe to toe with the best of them. Dragon Quest XI is the most recent example.
Guitar Hero Metallica was everything I wanted from the genre in one go. I knew it couldn’t get better for my tastes.
New Super Mario Bros Wii was the peak of that particular series, but I think the 2D platforming genre peaked at Super Mario World. With that being said, if you were to say Donkey Kong Country Returns or Tropical Freeze is the new peak, I’d also accept that as a correct answer.
Amnesia basically re-wrote the book on how to do effective horror and showed why putting the player in selectively disadvantaged positions was key for horror in an interactive setting. These design principles were then applied to major AAA works in 2014 with Alien Isolation and PT.
Since then, the horror genre has basically taken a complete backseat to cheap thrills and player empowerment.
Yeah, it's just plain wrong man. There was a bit of a dearth during the mid 2000s (where mediocre stuff from Mistwalker was hyped up) which made the 90s and early 2000s look untouchable, but JRPGs have been back on track for quite a while. Since Persona 3 at least. Persona 3, 4 and Xenoblade 1 are in the contention for the genre GOAT. Also, the 90s and early 2000s probably coincide with the childhood of many gamers today, so there's definitely gonna be a bias towards positive childhood memories. The golden era JRPGs were great, make no mistake, but JRPGs are just as good now.
I'd wager a lot of it comes down to how you feel about turn-based combat. For old dinosaurs like me who love taking turns picking attacks from a menu, the glory days are over (though recent gems like Octopath and Personal 5 are carrying the torch). While games about Xenoblade 2 or Nier might be excellent RPGs, their active combat doesn't appeal to my crusty old man tastes :D
I don't really have a favourite genre but I feel snowboarding games peaked with SSX 3. That the genre largely died out doesn't help either. SSX 3 aged remarkably well though so I'm happy enough to keep replaying it.