I've already played many rpgs that are better than ffvii. Not from the present gen though.
FFxiii looks good but I think removal of random battles take A LOT of difficulty away from the game. Think about it, before it was scary to run into a marlboro because of a likely game over if unprepared (and you never could be fully prepared) due to the ridiculous number of status ailments caused by "bad breath" but now you can see a marlboro from across the map and plan accordingly. The ailments even work differently due to the real time battle system.
"Dr. Tenma, according to you, lives are equal. That's why I live today. But you must have realised it by now...the only thing people are equal in is death"---Johann Liebert (MONSTER)
"WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives"---Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler