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This is why I am not going to sweat over the details of the FFVII remake

Emperor and 4th Coming are right to point out the subjectivity to hopefully avoid loaded terms like over hyped. That being said, I understand your intent with this question (I am sure they did too. I am not implying they didn't.), and I think it is fair. Personally, I loved VII when it came out. I bought it because I thought the art looked cool on it. I knew nothing about it. I took it home (after having to re-buy it. Ughhhh. Maybe another post.), and it just blew me away. I was totally in love with it. The reason I tell this story is to illustrate a point that will be clearer further down.

The reasons that VII gets love while XIII (which I actually liked. I know, weird!) gets hate are two. One is popular opinions tend to get more popular. It is very Zipfian. Popular opinions tend to get reinforced. So, if a game is perceived as bad, people will pay more attention to the flaws to confirm that opinion. The opposite is true for a game that is loved. People will ignore the flaws to confirm their bias that it is great. We are social creatures, and most of us will try to fit in. Evolution has made us community animals, and being different than the community was a fast way to get yourself killed. See pretty much any war, genocide, purge...well ever (yes, I am using hyperbole. I am sure it isn't all, but quite a bit). So, popular opinion will influence us. (This is why I propose that we the community band together and actively comment on forums, articles, social media, etc. to give the proper opinion. In essence, I would use the Sunshine policy that South Korea used to use to the North as a model. Positive, witty, intelligent, but most importantly in great numbers of comments for FFXV to prevent toxic hate from brewing.)


The second reason is that when we love something, we tend to diminish its flaws. It is one of the reasons that very attractive people can get away with an action while an unattractive person cannot even if the action is the same. This is also why you can forgive your best-friend for an action while condemning a rival or enemy for the same thing. If you dislike something or are indifferent to it, you will be more inclined to notice the faults. If you hate something, all you can see is its faults. Passion is often the enemy of objectivity. When you are passionate, you tend to want to discuss things that fuel your passion - good or bad. Asking people to be objective requires a lot of self-awareness, some intelligence, and effort.Sometimes, people aren't willing to invest to be objective because objectivity isn't as valued as I think it should be within society as a whole. Oh well... we all have to start somewhere.


I was passionate about VII when I played it the first time. I barely noticed the translation issues because I loved a game wasn't afraid to show real drama. I barely noticed some of the story holes because I was just amazed at the narrative they were spinning for me. As I got older and I matured, I took off the nostalgia glasses. I learned to look at things with a more dispassionate eye.  Now, I can clearly see the faults in my favorite anything. That being said, there is such a thing as being too critical and too analytical (A phrase I will probably never utter outside this context) that you fail to take in the experience because you are trying to see all the trees in the forest.  Sometimes, you have to see the whole painting, make a judgement, then break it down.  That's where I say that you shouldn't let small things ruin the experience, which is what often happens to fans in - well, any - fandom. This is why I am not going to sweat over the details of the FFVII remake, even if it was my favorite game of all time once.


So, in closing, we are emotional animals, who have so many systems that will interfere with being objective. With wisdom, I think people will learn to be objective, but as a society, especially the internet, isn't mature enough to really value to the level that I think it needs to be valued.