@Pseudonym - actually, the new XCOM deviates from the old formula quite a bit. It only resembles the old games in a fairly superficial manner. It's heavily streamlined and simplified compared to UFO Defense. There was a lot of complaints of consolization even by posters in this very forum.
@Fixer - the new Tomb Raider is really good from the hour I've played of it. My only concern is that it might not be terribly long. It's looking like one of those high quality 6-10 hour affairs. Lara's character is handled a lot better than the previews make it seem too (the previews are mostly all from the first hour of the game.)
@Lautaro - Yahtzee and TotalBiscuit are both entertainers, not serious game reviewers and sadly many are taking them to be the latter. Both have made careers out of nitpicking every little fault they can in games and, TB especially, loves to try and turn small controversies into major things just to generate hits. The point is that you can rarely take either at face value, but sadly many gamers do.
Gamers these days have become a very cynical bunch and I partly blame entertainers like the above mentioned for it. They try and make the old days sound like some sort of golden age of gaming. Which isn't true at all.
The older gaming crowd yearns for the days when their niches (back when gaming itself was a niche) were catered to instead of the mainstream. They strongly dislike the mass appeal games that have changed the face of gaming. The companies are only doing what they have always done: produce the games that will bring the greatest profit. The industry hasn't really changed that much; it's the gaming community that did. The industry has always pandered to the sectors that made them the most money. Those sectors have merely changed over time due to technology and mass appeal.
Then you have the younger generation, the "Facebook generation" who crave attention and will jump onto any bandwagon presented before them. This is the group that made the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy big. This is the group that are the bulk of the rally against DLC and online DRM. They latch onto the topics brought up by the older gamers and create a snowball effect. They are a giant group of mostly young and immature people with little business sense who believe the customer is always 100% right so anything wrong with a game is completely due to greed from the evil corporation.