Like Hollywood, 95% of the new stuff coming out is just rehashed gameplay from earlier titles. The best thing a game can do to separate from the pack is to build a great story into the gameplay, but that requires talent. -- Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty - Ronald Reagan
I dunno... I would say that many of the games now a days are crap... but occasionally there is a really good release.
I design games myself on a piece of software called Blender. There are quite a few good games made on Blender out there... though a few I probably just found good because my computer worked perfectly with it.