I'm sure Squeenix heard the complaints about FF13's lack of variety and have since gone full to avoid such criticism again.
They put that feedback to use in XIII-2 and again with LR they went as far as they could go with the exploration. Considering with the hardware they were working with and the time they had on development for the project (1 year and a half), they were pretty clever finding a lot solutions that would make LR a counterpoint directly to XIII as a game. And that's without mentioning all efforts SQEX did re-launching XIV.
XIV alone in the long run could have had a big negative impact for the franchise and SQEX that XIII never really presented. Is not for nothing that they had to re-evaluate aspects within the company and the project itself to make ARR the game best it could be.
So that is just one small area? If so that's not so bad, I didn't see the map so I was just going by what I saw in that video that was posted on here and noticed though they ran around a big area it seemed like nothing much was going on. But that also might be because nothing was added or things don't happen till a mission is there. I know that sounds kind of ignorant of me because if I really looked I could probably find out a lot more about the game but I also feel if they are putting out videos of stuff shouldn't they try to make it a little more interesting hehe."The presentation focused on one part of the region and there's more to explore in the demo. Most of the events and enemies were removed to show the environments in the field trailer."
-- SQUARE PORTAL
Everything in the walkthrough of last month is still a work in progress, obviously.
Well, I don't know what the content of the dialogue will be, of course, but the dialogue from the trailers seemed to be quite good and better-written/more natural than the XIII series in my opinion. I'm optimistic about the story based on what we've seen so far.
You know, I was thinking, if Kingdom Hearts fans say that about Daisuke Watanabe's work on the XIII series as a writer, then I have all the right in the world to laugh at the... irony? I think that's the word I'm searching for.
Also I'm not gonna discuss dialogue's preferences on FF or RPGs in general. I don't want to be a part of that.