Square still makes some of the most well-crafted games ever. Whether you like them or not, it cannot be denied that they put some chops into their work. I'd rather play this than another EA/Activision rehash of Call of Modern Battlefield Duty of Honor Times 10 Liberty and Justice for all Hoorah part 3... or Madden.
I will admit that Sqaure-enix production values are top notch. I think we are all expecting something from the older Final Fantasy games. I for one I'm still waiting for Sqaure-enix to make a Final Fantasy better than 7. So far they all have fallen short of my expectations, maybe I just need to stop setting my self up for disapointment and take it how it is.
Wow. Your comment hasn't been relevant since... ever, as you lost all credibility with that statement.
I am sorry but can you really discount FF7, FFX, Kingdom Hearts (&2), Chrono Trigger (& Cross) just because XIII didn't fulfill your elitist preferences? It's laughable the amount of hate Square is getting these days when they are still the most relevant 3rd party Japanese developer and western developers are highly overrated because they make the same tired genres to avoid all risk.
I still think square is very strong company. I for one have enjoyed every one of their games since X. Of course they're not all perfect, but no game is ever perfect. At least they try, and they always make high quality games with great story lines and themes. And honestly that's why I like games, I like story and substance more than slashing and mindless shooting.