This is the true test of this site. I guess I'll start off by saying that I'm part of the generation that grew up on the Battle port for Gamecube and it served as my formal indoctrination in this franchise and serves as a good foundation on what I like about the series. I just like the variety the game offers more than anything else; every character has a unique style and stages associated with that style as well as musical motifs to go with it. No game since has really done that, and I found that extremely cool that they defined each character as much as they did. I'm somebody who doesn't mind linear Sonic levels, so the streamlining of Sonic/Shadow's levels from SA1 didn't bother me that much, especially since the ranking system incentivised me to focus on improving HOW I get through the stage and make me do better. Getting an A rank still feels amazing to this day. The mecha levels are somewhat worse controlling than Gamma, but whenever you aren't required to platform, they translate well enough and if every level was more similar to Weapon's Bed and Cosmic Wall, I'd love it a lot more. The treasure hunting levels are the obvious weak link here, but I do appreciate how they better utilize Knuckles/Rouge's capabilities in a way that doesn't trivialize the level itself; one of my biggest issues with Knuckles` abilities is how at times, the levels just aren't designed for him, and Adventure 2 just kind of eliminates that issue...for better or worse. And obviously, the story cuz I'm a huge Shonen Anime nerd and all of that cheesy, B-movie shit is exactly my jam. Inject more of that into my veins please, because I will eat it up every time and I have no shame in admitting that. In all seriousness though, I just love how it feels like every character contributes something to the narrative; sure, Sonic and Shadow are obviously the stars of the show, but everyone else get their moments too and regardless of how you feel about him coming back, Shadow had one of the best send offs in the entire series and is a large reason why he's such a persistent figure in the public consciousness to this very day.