1) Haters who constantly hate on Wada saying that he needs to step down and get out of the way are using this as evidence that XIII and XIII-2 sucks. 2) It took 7 months for someone to find this article.
Despite their obvious lack of quality compared to previous entries, the XIII games still sell well enough for Square-Enix to make a profit. Lightning Returns is just a cheap, easy way (same engine, same characters, etc) to make little more before this gen closes.
They're going to have to really get it (their act together) going once the new consoles are released though. Hopefully they take advantage of the PS4's abilities for FFX HD.
I rank the games like this: VII > X > IX > VI > V > XII > VIII > IV > I > XIII > II
Never played III or the MMORPG entries XI & XIV.
Most Wanted: Bit.Trip Runner 2 (PC), Final Fantasy X HD (PS4)
I think Wada needs to dream on, there's no way he can appease the conflicting opinions on any of Squares current releases. Nothing is going to top FFVII for the sheer fact FFVII was rarely even under any scrutiny.