Seriously? It's the "AAA western games" that I'm completely sick of. Sure they're pretty and polished, but for the most part they all play exactly the same and rely on the same damn tropes. There's no variety, no artistry. It's the hollywoodification of gaming.
Well, I'm thinking of stuff like Deus Ex, Bioshock, Elder Scrolls (well, on console. Morrowind may've been on Xbox but FUCK those load times), Mass Effect, Assassin's Creed, Batman, and more I'm not immediately recalling. Still, you're right, I may like the bigger western offerings more on average this generation but they're still not what I prefer to play most of the time, and what you stated is part of why i said the first half was better: it feels like with the new consoles they were more willing to try new stuff, but now that we're past that it's either sequels or riffing off of CoD/Gears. Sometimes both. Then there's the one thing that's more objective: it's a damn shame so many companies keep shutting down or scaling back.
EDIT: Actually, something else that I like more this generation than last: handheld gaming, and the GBA was already leagues ahead of its predecessors. This might ALSO be something that's "first half was better", but for a different reason: handhelds have trouble being as relevant here as they are in Japan, and it doesn't help that piracy and the rise of iOS seem to have eviscerated the market. If they could've held their ground better, enough at least for localizations to reliably come, I'd probably feel the generation was great for handhelds period.