The basement is shaped like like a hybrid of Utah and Oklahoma, where by the room is a 13x13 square with another bit of space available for a pool table or wet bar. The room is finished, but I do plan on repainting and fitting it with light acoustic treatment (i.e. ceiling tiles, acoustic window treatment,...etc)
is that to say i will ultimately be dissatisfied with purchase given the size of the room despite the acclaim the system is getting? or that they would simply be just right?
Satisfaction is going to be relative, and depends upon your own proclivities, so I can't answer that definitively. What I can say is a 5 speaker system consisting of 4 Verus Forte satellites and matching Forte center would not be too much for that room. If you like tremendous volume, or have a sub that can't be crossed over very high, you might find they're too small if anything. Even if the ceiling is 9 feet high that's still only about 1500 cubic feet, which isn't a tremendous volume of space, so it won't take a lot to fill it with sound.
If you take yourself too seriously, expect me to do the exact opposite