@hailinel said: @wemibelec90 said: ... I highly recommend reading this blog post that points out how one of FFXIII's most common complaints is actually one of its strengths.... I've skimmed through the blog post you linked, and it is incredibly articulate in its points. I'd encourage Patrick to consider that for Worth Reading.The reaction to the Final Fantasy series seems to exist in a behavioral paradox. People demand change, but only if it's the change they want. ...to be fair to Patrick. He already did, in the one just posted Monday.Honestly I don't think it's the change that upsets Western fans, I really suspect it's The "anime" aspects of the game design (character design , story tropes etc). There is a cultural bias in America among some consumers against Japanese culture and perhaps much more importantly a strong preference for our own (not all of it comes from a negative place).The series never meant to hide this from players, but kind of like Metroid , a lot people I suspect had their own head canon of what this series "sounded like" and "looked like". Once you got the HD era any illusions a person could have about that were completely dispelled.The Band-aid wasn't ripped off as harshly as it was with Other M, but it felt like there was pushback with each pull (Vii from the oldest guard like myself who liked the Medieval European look of the Amano era, X when VA hit, Xii with the MMo gameplay & Vaan's character design and Xiii well I suspect from building pent up frustration about just about everything).