When Fox first brought out the CTD for late 2012/13 they decided to make them really quite progressive. So they started out soft and rapidly ramped up to firm. Whilst this, in all reality, probably suited most recreational MTBers who actually don't ride that hard or fast, the magazines started to slag them off for being too "divey" and soft. In conjunction, those early models had a lower range of adjustment between the various modes, meaning people felt they were stuck with what they had.
For 2013/14 Fox revised the air chamber volumes and damping adjustment range, going back to a more linear ramping of spring rate with travel, and making the descend mode softer, and the Climb mode harder. These later forks are i suspect really quite nice to ride.
In conjunction, as bikes have got more hardcore, the "XCish" Fox 32mm stantions have been slagged off by the magazines as being "not stiff enough". Well, not stiff enough for what? Yes, they are not as stiff as say a set of forks with 36mm stantions, but that kinda is the point in having a range of more XC forks is it not?
Since then, the Pikes have come along and become the darling of the bang on trend set. Having ridden a set of pikes back to back with some Foxes, all i can report is that they are indeed different. Being "better", well, that depends what you want from a fork and how you use it. Pikes are definitely stiffer, but i can't say that actually changed how i rode them, they are definitely more active on little impacts so are perhaps a bit more "comfortable" when just mincing along, but other than that, well, i'm really not sure.
So many factors influence how a bike rides (and that's not counting the rider themselves!) that really i wouldn't worry too much about the brand of fork you run these days!