Christian Nutt, Gamasutra:" A while ago, I spent a weekend -- mostly while sick in bed -- devoted to watching Red Letter Media’s dissections of Star Wars Episode I, II, and III. These videos are narrated by fictional critic (and serial killer) Harry S. Plinkett.
After watching the reviews, I realized something. Final Fantasy XIII had eerily similar problems to the Star Wars prequels. This is a bit ironic. After all, the series winks and nods to the original trilogy’s (obvious and significant) influence by the recurrence of minor characters named Biggs and Wedge -- after Luke Skywalker’s wingmen.
The chief and most obvious similarity is not something you’d need Plinkett to identify, in either case: hubris. Both were developed by creators who were convinced that whatever they made would be good, that they didn’t address the fundamental flaws in their creative process. This, mixed with the complacency born of having become a pillar of their respective industries, did them in from the start. But the parallels run much deeper than that."