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.
Random battles suck balls. No random battles is a step in the right way for the series.
Btw, Marlboro FTL :( Hate that thing! It's like impossible to kill lol.