So, thanks to a friend of mine, I finally got my hands on the "good" next-gen Sonic game (with bonus comic). I use the term "good" loosely, because I know it's not for everyone, and I can see why. Just the same, I think it's a pretty good base, and could be refined if they were to do more.
I've been playing at a leisurely pace, not rushing from level to level, but replaying some stages over and over again, and raising my levels and just trying to get better.
Overall, I like the general spirit of the game. It reminds me a little of older Sonic games, with a sort of light tone to the plot, though faced with a serious threat. And better still, no Sonic '06 realism.
Incidently, hearing Eggman's voice again... I know people don't like voices in Sonic, but I do enjoy his, and if they had to keep only one, I think I'd rather his be kept. It just works so well.
As far as moves go...
I do wish the jump was more of a standard style jump, rather than charging it up, and sliding forward in the meantime. It's a little troublesome, but it hasn't been a gamebreaker for me. Chalk that up to "something to fix in the future." But, I do like the ability to stop forward movement in the air by pressing the button again.
I do wish more moves and such were standard. In fact, I thought the speed boost and slowdown abilities were supposed to be standard, but I don't have either and I'm at the start of the third chapter. How do I get those? I don't even bother equipping the ability that attracts nearby pearls, because I have nothing to use them on. And in the race against that one Namu or whatever his name is, I think it would be a big help.
Unlocking new stuff all the time is fun, though I'm at a loss as to how to unlock the rest of the Prologue pages, as well as some of the first stage's pages.
Getting the other bonus features... all I'm getting so far are movies. I think something said that collecting Fire Souls does it, but I guess you have to get all three in a stage to unlock anything? A little rough... I want to get more stuff in the secret book, but just finding those Fire Souls is rough, nevermind collecting them, too.
For graphics and sound, the game does just fine by me.
I don't think I could call this the best Sonic game ever, but it's still a lot of fun for me so far, and I think they could really go somewhere with this with tweaks to the system here and there, such as turning around instead of walking backwards and the aforementioned jumping. So far, none of it feels gamebreaking, just the kind of stuff you expect to see improved in a sequel.