More like a niche group that knows nothing about the games is talking out of their asses. I WANTED this game for years now. It isn't a spinoff, and it has a larger budget than probably all of the previous games comibined. I guess some people just want them to port a downgraded version of FFXIII though....
Oh, I think CCCB looks infinitely more interesting than FFXIII. And as an ARPG nut, I'm pretty sure I'll like it more. But c'mon, it's a spinoff of a spinoff, it's not actually an RPG, it was launching less than a month ahead of FFXIII and even it's producer was saying it was gonna flop... the writing was on the wall for this one. It's too bad, but no one should be surprised.
And make no mistake, MH3's budget likely dwarfed it by orders of magnitude.