Do you like every album by a particular band you're a fan of? No. Plenty of Metallica fans disliked the albums Load, ReLoad, and St. Anger. They still like the band, though, and will go to their concerts to hear their favorite songs by them. Hell, the oldheads will bring their tween and teen kids to Metallica concerts. Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and Justice were all killer albums, and few bands right now can claim that kind of age diversity in their fanbase- from tweens and teens all the way to folks in their 50s even.
And a music analogy is apt for another point made. We could cry all day about how who's famous and popular on the radio these days is vapid garbage and that some local or underground artist who is truly amazing should be famous instead. But then when the artist we like gets famous, do we then turn our backs on them and yell "sellout!" Do we not like them any more because we liked them "before they were cool" and don't want to be associated with the bandwagoning sheeple who jumped on the trend? Back in the FF7 days, all the "tr00/ 0ld-sk00L" fans cried foul that they were playing early FF games while the neophytes riding the FF7 wave were playing Mario or Mega Man.
Metallica was a no-name underground band before they made it big. In much the same way, Squaresoft was a no-name indie company at first, created a bunch of less-than-successful games, faced bankruptcy, and Final Fantasy was their last ditch effort before shutting their doors. We can say "evil corporation Shinra" all we want, but they had the kind of hard luck story we love in the smaller, indie, underground developers that we wish were famous instead of Square Enix. And with a lot of ex-Square staff splintering off, they have the "ex-Square" feather in their hats and thus their smaller development studios will get some recognition. And that's a good thing, right?
And, again, if we want to topple the juggernaut and stick up for the little guy, we have to speak with our wallets. Buy the games you want to see more of. People probably make fun of me behind my back that I'm the RPGFan "hipster" because I review obscure games and choose them for my Game of the Year selections. But maybe if people paid attention to those underground gems instead of the latest FF (even if looking in FF's direction simply to yell and scream and complain), then maybe they'll have fun actually playing games instead of shouting about them on the Internet. There's that old saying, "money talks, BS walks."
Will I be buying the new FF? Probably not. I'll likely be playing some no-name game that falls victim to FF's looming shadow for RPGFan instead. Remember how in FF13's wake, a really cool RPG called Resonance of Fate got overshadowed?
I hope FF15 turns out good and that people enjoy it.