Bandwagon? Jesus the battle system was an automated nightmare of made up words and systems that made no sense. The story was complete anime that had no cohesion and again, was completely full of an index of nonsense words. I would hardly call the negative critical reception of that game bandwagony.
+1. If anything, I think the bandwagon lately has been in favor of FF XIII. Which blows my mind, its cemented as the worst game in the series for me still and that is despite going back to it and trying to like it. People generally defend the combat system, but I hate it with a passion. You can clear almost all of it by just auto battling and changing paradigm shift whenever you get a tell or get into a situation where you need to heal or whatever. Even without auto battling you have minimal interaction with the systems. There certainly are older entries that are simple, but they were always fun and at least somewhat tactical. XIII tries to be a mix between real time and turn based but fails at satisfying either camp. Its just flash with no substance whatsoever. I deeply hate the characters too, with each having more set of clothes than emotions and one single motivation they go on and on about. Its insufferable.
I'm glad someone liked it, I just can't gather any love for it. Generally see that my opinions are usually different from @grantheaslip anyway so! To each his own.