I've always been curious why people liked XI. It's much better than either VIII or X, but on the whole it's still a pretty large pile of awful. Outside of the nostalgia factor and the Chocobo mini-game, which I enjoyed, there wasn't a lot to like. Whiny, emo protagonist that made me hoped the villains won? Check. Cast of relatively flat and otherwise annoying characters? Check. Androgynous villain who was generally lame or acted idiotically? Check. It also had a list of other problems including a battle system that felt like swimming through molasses and a love story that only looks good if compared to something like Twilight. It's better than most or all of the post-VII releases, but not being as terrible as that collective bag of suck doesn't make it good in my book.