Only Fallout New Vegas is as disappointing to me as this game and even then, NV is only disappointing because I'm not willing to stick a glitchy and buggy game into my 360, knowing I have to turn off and on that thing for who knows how many times.
Too linear. Too many cutscenes. Unlikeable characters. We all heard the criticisms when the Japanese version came out, but come on! This was mainline Final Fantasy title! They don't radically change things too much, but the changes they've implemented, I've always liked to a degree (including the controversial battle system for XII, which carried the thing to number two favorite FF for me, behind VI).
I pre-ordered the special edition for PS3 and maybe that's what kept me optimistic but soon enough, it was evident that, unlike Nintendo's Mario games, this new-gen FF started to show that this franchise wasn't keeping up, particularly compared to the so-called western RPGs of the last decade, such as Fallout 3 and the Mass Effects.
The linearity really WAS there! And was indeed unbearable! In fact, by the time the game opened up in Chapter 11, it felt like I was so beaten down by the utter boredom of the previous linear chapters that I played around for maybe an hour on Gran Pulse and just flat-out quit. Gave it to a friend and didn't get it back for six months and when I tried to, it was hard for me to care to re-learn stuff.
You sure are pretty, FFXIII, but nothing can be so pretty as to put up with this kind of personality.
Chance of finishing: 10%, for two reasons. Aside from II (and I never played XI), I've finished every FF game I've played. The other one is that it doesn't seem too-too far off to the end. But I'll only play it if I'm super-super bored.