And before anyone starts talking bad about FFXIII please think about if you even played a good portion of the game. Many people who tell me they didn't like FFXIII say they didn't get past Chapter 4 or so.
I see the point you're trying to make here, but, as someone who has been playing Squaresoft and Enix titles since before the 90s, I have to say that FF13 was the first Final Fantasy, and the second Squaresoft game (the first being Vagrant Story) that ever made me feel like I was FORCING myself to play.
Every other title I have played by either company has been like crack. Pick it up and you couldn't pry it out of my hands if you tried. Every FF game prior to XIII has shared the feature that once I start playing it, you can kiss the next several hours of my life goodbye without a second thought.
I could not get into 13 at all. I didn't like the battle system, I didn't like the fact that character progression was locked to story progression, or the fact that the game bombarded you with cutscene after cutscene after cutscene, the list goes on.
As someone who has played Squaresoft and Enix titles, not limited to the Final Fantasy franchise, for two decades, I feel pretty confident in calling FF13 a giant waste of $85 (bought the collector's edition strategy guide for it too). The "fun factor" wore off for me about an hour into the game, and for the next several hours, I felt like I was forcing myself to play a game I was not enjoying because I had just gone to a midnight release and dropped 85 dollars on the **** thing. Perhaps the game does get better later; all I can say is, why would a game developer want to put their bad content at teh beginning of the game and their good content at the end, after many people have gotten fed up and quit?
Sometimes I kinda feel like XIV is going the way of XIII. It's not so much that I -want- to get on and play like I did with XI; I would only be signing on because I just spent $75 on the game and I feel like I "wasted my money" if I don't play it.
I'm really confident that SE will fix the problems eventually, and that the game will get better, and I'll probably be having a blast later on. The problem is, why do they want to put their worst foot forward? I don't expect it to be polished and perfect on release, and people who expect a flawless product on release are idiots, but the thing SE fails to realize is: Consumers -ARE- idiots. Most of their prospective customers -DO- expect a perfect product at launch. Now, they're going to be let down no matter what, but SE needs to start fixing things -now- and not "eventually" if they want the game to reach their expectations.
I feel like a cheerleader at a Detroit Lions game. I want them to do well, and I support them, and they keep saying they'll do better... but they really need to stop talking about how much better it's GOING to be and do it.