For me it's always been Tekken 6.
It was the last game I've ever felt any hype for, the last one I was truly excited for.
Back in college 2008, back when I still had friends, we used to meet up after school at the nearest arcades, then we started meeting up at the arcades early every weekend, when the game came out for consoles 2009 I was the one of the first of us to have a copy.
We started skipping class and going back and forth to my place mid-day to play.
I've had a lot of memories tied to this game so to speak, but after this I've never been as engaged and excited for a game since, the last game I was excited over was Kingdom Hearts 2 with my cousins and classmate.
Sure I can still sit down and enjoy newer games, I can still spend hours on end on older games, but this game marks the end of an era for me in games, it reminds me that I'm no longer part of the demographic that developers make games for; that I'm no longer a part of the target audience.
And what exactly is the problem, if you can play the old games?
SHOC and Arsenal of Democracy (so, ie. HoI2) are latest games I play.
For console games, 3D is what made games uninteresting for me, especially 3D platformers. SMB3 is one of my favorite games, but I can't stand Mario 64 for example.
3D fighters with sidestep I dislike too, so Tekken 3 was shit, when 2 was pretty nice VF clone.
3D SHMUPS don't exist. Say whatever, they don't for me.
>it reminds me that I'm no longer part of the demographic that developers make games for; that I'm no longer a part of the target audience.
Which happens all the time in regards with popular entertainment: the change from primary hard arcade games to easier 3D shooters and such was not the first such happening; 50's 60's rock'n'roll gave way for prog and prog gave way for whatever crap came in 80's.
If you want one thing that will change very little during single generation, listen to European art - that is classical music.
And by the way, I never had any friends to play games with, arcades ceased to exist here in the early 90's, but I don't complain or feel 'left behind' as a demographic group.
PS5… has it been that long since PS2?
I never felt "hype" for anything because I'm not a huge retard.