See, the problem is they CAN
. Take Final Fantasy 12 for example. There is not a single DROP of originality in that entire game. It was a simple, generic fantasy role playing game with about as complex storyline as Final Fantasy 1 and at least half the cast had about as much depth and even less relevance to the plot.
And while I'm not a fan of the series, Kingdom Hearts seems to be falling apart too. The trailer I saw for the 3rd game... does EVERYONE have a keyblade now? I played the first game and the keyblade was some kind of godly mystical item but now everyone and their mother has one. It's like their version of DBZ's Super Saijin - Starts out as the coolest thing in the world but by the end of the series EVERYONE
can do it AND its basically worthless.
And then of course they filled Tactics with Shakespearean dialect which is just overly painful and ruins any authenticity to the characters which before seemed more real than any other FF's even with their minor engrish (bar quest dialog aside
I'm not saying they're the worst thing in the world. But they sure as hell are nowhere near the level they should be, as both companies were amazing before the merger (except FFX, but thats a rant for another day