It happens every generation, but it never stops taking me by surprise. 2016 was the year that I finally settled into the new generation. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One no longer felt like new hardware â€” these consoles have been sitting beneath my TV for three years now, even as so much else around them has changed.
They sayÂ familiarity breeds contempt, and they're not altogether wrong. I'm no longer taken aback by the incredible visuals of every new triple-A title. I've seen what these machines are capable of. I can't forgive minor flaws as easily as I could in 2014. I expect more from a $60 game nowÂ than I ever have in the past.
Thankfully, for the most part, game developers in 2016 were up to the challenge.
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