I think you're bringing too much subjectivity at this point.There's not a single western game this year better than Elden Ring and Xenoblade Chronicles 3. So wth are you even talking about.
Shall we look at AA and indie games then?This has already been discussed to hell and back. AAA gaming is creatively bankrupt because of the rise of development costs. Games cost too much to produce nowadays and you can't risk it making a novel concept that might fail and lose millions. This is why we get COD and RE year after year instead or lets say Killer 7.
I think it remains the exact same, if not worse...