I've heard arguments that the games of yesteryear are superior to today's games. Most of those center around creativity in design, difficulty, game length.
On the other side people laud modern series for their accessibility, technical achievements, and evolution in storytelling.
Which side of the coin to you lie?
I personally find it to be genre specific. The FPS's of old are just not as good when compared to today's due to controls, fluidity of gameplay, and variety in gameplay (I'm talking more on the PC front with games like Natural Selection 2, CS:GO, and Chivalry: Medevil Warefare which is technically a MOD of an FPS...).
While I have yet to find a current-gen single player RPG(Outside of potentially Ni No Kuni) measure up with the likes of Xenogears, Grandia, Morrowwind, FF7, Persona 3+4(technically they are last-gen), SMT: Nocturne, and the original Deus Ex amongst others. Not a fan of Nintendo IP's so I cant comment on those much.
When phase of gaming do you appreciate more? As someone whose played in all 3 I find myself often enjoying modern games over past ones, however all of my favorite games mostly lie within Last Gen.
I find whatever you were exposed to as a child you favor most. People who grew up with Mario games favor Nintendo, people who grew up with Starcraft or CS 1.6 favor PC gaming. I grew up primarily with single player RPGs so I favor those although I love CS:GO and other genres such as fighting/driving games...
I say I prefer last gen...