It seems that new games don't focus on the story more than the gameplay. It's like watching a movie or reading a book. If we wanted to do that, we wouldn't be playing any games. Mortal Kombat, for example, has become a bigger disappointment with each new release. What happened to the hundreds of fatalities? Their newest one has maybe 30 tops.
If you ask anyone the question "Which game did you find more enjoyable, Metal Gear Solid 1 or Metal Gear Solid 4?" what do you think the answer is going to be? MGS1 was a pretty difficult game where you barely got any ammo; compared to MGS4, a first person shooter that awards achievements for beating it in under 5 hours.
MMOs? Every one of them except for the first major one to coin the name has been a disappointment for me. (Everquest)
The newest Super Mario games no longer have the aesthetic which made them so popular. They somehow made vertical travel a part of the game.
I can go on and on about how games like Call of Duty and Battlefield have gotten worse and worse with each new release, but i'd rather read some of your opinions.