Just gonna pop in and say- SA2 is my favorite sonic game of all time (unleashed hd is second, including the werehog). I thought mania was amazing, and I've replayed it over and over again. I'm a huge simp for the adventure era, but I can give credit where credit is due. As an adventure fan myself, I don't hate the classic or 2010s eras of sonic at all (but that might just be because aside from sonic labyrinth, I absolutely inhale anything sonic). The concept that there are subsets of the fanbase and each one can only like the media produced in their respective era needs to die asap. Just cause I prefer the dark ages writing to pontaff doesn't mean I don't like pontaff period. Tbh, yes, I'm glad they're moving on. The meta era is getting to be too much now imo. But their writing isn't entirely to blame for that. I really love the scene in colors where tails is like "an evil... aquatic mammal? A porpoise? Oh, an evil purpose!" And sonic says "that's good Intel, keep working on it." The dynamic between sonic and tails was so fluid in that scene imo. Tails isn't a tech geek yes, but all the way back in sonic 2 it was established that he loves to tinker, and here we see tails just messing around, and sonic just chilling with him like buddies do. The pontaff writing wasn't entirely on point, but neither was the dark ages writing, and I can accept that, cause even though I'm an adventure fan, I love all aspects of sonic for everything they are, and I'm not solely focused on just one sector of media. Tl:dr, I like adventure stuff, I like classic stuff, I like 2010s stuff, and that's fine. More people I think should acknowledge that that's valid and not automatically assume that everyone's always out to hate on their favorite piece of media.