Apart from the crushing disappointment of SSX I’ve not been disappointed by third party devs this gen.
Sony kinda ruined this gen for me though. Firstly by shitting out absolutely the worst console I’ve ever owned. Everything from the OS to the controller to the godawful online service stinks.
Secondly by squeezing out the most banal, soulless, gameplay-free pieces of semi-interactive..… no, I can’t bring myself to call them games. There are a few exceptions, but overall the low standard of gameplay in PS3 offerings is insulting.
Narrow corridors, QTE’s, cutscenes and useless AI : This is Sony’s first-party legacy from this gen. The shameful appeasement of the slack-jawed Sunday afternoon matinee crowd. “Look Ma! S’all purdy, an I don’t have to do much o’ nothing neither! Jus’ press the doohickey once in a while!”
Thirdly Sony royally screwed up by creating a machine so awkward that it drained the resources of all developers that touched it. That would have been okay if the results had been worth it, but apart from a very small handful of games every title performed noticeably better on the 360.
Ultimately all that supposed power in the CELLOL processor was just not there, and the much simpler, straightforward, developer-friendly 360 architecture outperformed it. Halo 4, Forza: Horizon, Witcher 2. These games equal or better any PS3 exclusive visually, but most importantly they do so while giving the gamer freedom, scope, AI and customisation that the PS3’s restrictive architecture simply cannot manage.
Sony are making the correct choice by ditching that useless piece of crap processor for next gen. Even they realise the error of their ways, and I’m sure they see the damage they have caused to the industry with inflated dev budgets and the unnecessary duplication of effort in getting engines to run on hardware that should never have been given a green light in the first place.
Hopefully next gen will be better. Sony have thrown that crap out and fallen in line like good little ducks by producing what should be a developer-friendly system. Dev costs should fall and third parties should have a much easier time with multiplatform games.
Of course the damage is already done to Sony. They lost half their market share and vast amounts of money. They fully deserved to, but being so abjectly humbled by MS and Nintendo will hopefully prevent them from ever attempting another ridiculous monstrosity like the PS3 ever again.