I agree on much of your opinion of the XIII games, Vorash. Could have been plenty better in different areas, and I despised some of the things they did with XIII-2 -- obvious trolling Lightning as the main character, paid DLC story content, etc. I have plenty to say about why I did like them, but those that want to know already know.
The problem I had with your post was just this, that's all:
If you like sudo Gothic & Mechanical design then play Final Fantasy VI...a FAR better FF & the BEST in the series thus far.
I know it's still the XIII series, but even you should know you can't judge a game that we haven't even seen footage of, let alone been released.
Ironically, you say Versus is looking good, but the last footage of that was years ago and the current format of it could be vastly different. I get that LR:FFXIII is the XIII series, so you're gonna hate it whatever the case, but to say VI is automatically gonna be better is silly. VI might not top any other game again for you, but there's no point just forcing it onto someone who is looking forward to a particular type of game. It's like me saying there's no point in looking forward to New Super Mario Bros U -- they might as well go play Super Mario World. Or what's the point of new Zeldas because Ocarina of Time is the best? It just doesn't happen.
I get the hate with Square, though. God, they are frustrating. After FFVII released, within four years we had had VIII, IX and X, plus other RPGs in between (Vagrant Story etc). In the same time frame after XIII we'll have had three XIII games and a failed and revamped online XIV. Fans have had Lightning and co shoved down their throats for a long time, and it's incredibly frustrating for them. I can't blame them. If they didn't like XIII then you would have expected them to look forward to the next one. But they haven't been able to.
I'm okay with it, but I get it. XIII could have ended at XIII-1. But I did think there was a lot that could be done in another game. It's my belief, though, that Toriyama may have been asked to force a third game (which thankfully is sounding like a potentially great game, different from XIII/-2) for two reasons: 1. Because Square now want to get into the habit of releasing new entries into FF almost every year, and 2. Because they knew Versus was not going to make 2013. I feel like a third game proves even more that these games are acting as filler for the wait to Versus. The only problem is that it's frustrating for those FF fans that aren't fans of XIII and want to experience new stories every couple of years like the old days.
Further frustrated by the fact Type-0 still hasn't been localised and FFX HD still hasn't been shown. It doesn't take this long to do an HD remaster. For the wait they're giving us, I am expecting far more than a lick of paint.