I know that's not the consensus lately, but I've been playing Final Fantasy 4 DS the last two days. That's when I realized, Final Fantasy is still absolutely awesome. The characters, the story, the gameplay, (I genuinely miss turn based battles, all these experimental mash up battle systems are so hit and miss) and the first time I won a battle and heard victory fanfare, I smiled. When people complained about that being gone in FF13, I didn't get it. Why complain about such a small thing? But the small things can really stack up, and now I get it. This is Final Fantasy.
FF13 and it's sequels are no more Final Fantasy games than FF: Mystic Quest was on the SNES. It's a solid enough game, (or so I thought when I played it) but it's just not Final Fantasy, much like Lords of Shadow, it's just aping the name of a classic gaming franchise to boost it's profile. We should raise the money to buy copies of this game and send them to the Square Enix team that has been working on their FF games this gen, they obviously never played this game.