I never thought about going in and changing personalities but I agree that would be something interesting to see changed. It would really reverberate throughout the game as you go, in numerous way too.
XIII is a very linear game. It didn't have much exploration because it is way too straight forward.
XV have a better exploration experience because it is a Sandbox game with side quests exploration-wise.
XIII-2 is an improvement since Serah's adventure is less linear than her sister's.
Lightning have tendencies to be a Jerk sometimes. Look at how well received Terra is compared to Lightning. Lightning is a female character but she felt like a man with boobs. She is a woman but she is written like a man.
Terra is a better example of a well written female protagonist.
Yeah, whether we like it or not, it's all about playability, how well the game can be played. Awesome graphs but hard to play is usually a no good game. This applies also for more characters as you mention @Emma kwamboka.
I agree. I played the game again several days ago just to see if I thought the same. I had noticed a screenshot of that gorgeous art once it opens up in another section and it got me in the mood to revisit. However, yeah, the first initial hours of gameplay is somehow a chore.
I loved the FF13 storyline, right up until Dajh and Serah crystallized. I felt my heart drop to my stomach with unexplainable pain. I understand that it was just part of their creativity, but Sazh didn't have to go through all that. I also hated Lightning's boldness when she smacks the hell out of Snow. Him being my best character and all, I felt so insulted when she assaulted him in one of her tantrums.
I think like most of the FF games this does appear bland in terms of flow of the story. Because often the gamer is spoon fed. And same happens with the FF13. And that seems to be an issue with the FF games from my opinion.
If 13 is an open world, Yes it would have been more well received. It is still a fun game at the end of the day. It managed to have 2 sequels despite of some negative reviews. It is just polarizing. Well 15 is polarizing too if you think about it.