I got my Dreamcast the Christmas it came out, and I loved Sonic Adventure with every fiber of my pint-sized heart. I grew up with Sonic the Hedgehog. I watched the cartoons. I played every Genesis game to death. I must have beat S3&K 50 times. I waited for a real Sonic game on the Saturn with heavy anticipation, vowing to buy one the day Sonic came out on it. The Dreamcast blew my mind. Sonic Adventure blew my mind. Two years later with SA2 I enjoyed the game heartily, but it wasn't as magical. I beat in on the Dreamcast. A bit later, my neighbor bought it on Gamecube and wanted to race chaos, so I bought it on Gamecube too which meant beating it a second time. Something was missing. I did beat it, but it was more work than play. From that point forward, no 3D Sonic game has ever given me joy again. I tried replaying SA on both Dreamcast and Gamecube but got bored by level 4. I couldn't even touch SA2. They just seem so... hollow. So... bad. Nothing about them has stood the test of time for me. Everything about them seems mediocre, and not just in a dated way. Without the anticipation and excitement built up around Sonic, they aren't...good. I'd compare them to the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. When they were on back in the eighties everyone was just happy Trek was on again. Now, they are appallingly bad. Just awful. And later failures in both of the franchises - like Voyager and Shadow - make the earlier failures look even worse since its a pattern. Watching classic Trek from the 60s had a timeless quality, like the Genesis games do, but the first two NextGen seasons are barely watchable now. Of course, Trek had later NextGen and DS9, both which kicked ass.