Summary: As a long-time Final Fantasy fan, I actually very much enjoyed FFXIII. It doesn't deserve the hate it gets from other Final Fantasy fans. The storyline was amazing. The characters were very well developed. Its biggest issue is its linearity. While it does help focus on the story, it takes away the feeling that Final Fantasy usually had. Despite that, it still was a really solid game.
Summary: I greatly enjoyed this game. I fully agree that it wasn't the best in the series but that doesn't mean it is a bad game by any means. The Ff 13's are different from the rest of the FF's but people have been forgetting that different doesn't mean bad. Lightning Returns goes even further than 13 and 13-2. I actually applaud them for testing the waters. I love this game.