I've played this, I've read most of this thread, I've seen the arguments. My head fucking hurts. First off, let me say that I got into this without knowing any of the hype. All I had seen was a TAS posted in another topic. With that out of the way, I don't like this hack from a gameplay perspective. The level design isn't exactly linear, but it feels more like a QTE than anything - at least, when I'm not getting hit by spikes or an oncoming zapper I had no clue was ahead of me. The new Orbinauts are pretty cheap without either an insta-shield or having their balls thrown at me. I recognize this was countered by only using 3 as opposed to 4, but the triangle-like arrangement only leaves for little more room than what should be considered a simple Badnik. Speaking of Badniks, how the fuck are you supposed to know that you can destroy the security cameras? Especially when they just look like a piece of the somewhat (I repeat, somewhat) bland scenery, who would see them and say to themselves, "I think I'm just going to bust open that camera that just looks like any other nondestroyable obstacle like the DEZ electric floors or zappers"? One thing I see in most hacks that drives me nuts is, well, let me try to show you: Seeing this every now and then isn't a problem. However, many hacks use this way too much, and this one is no exception. There is nothing there, it's simply an empty piece of path that is time consuming and annoying. At the very least, another path could be made through the wall or something (which there are in this hack, don't get me wrong, but it can be hard to tell sometimes amongst the similar colors), not emptiness or a needless enemy. Speaking of the design, it's basically a clusterfuck. What I mean by that is that it's filled a bunch of ramps, loops, springs, and floors-that-you-can-go-through-but-don't-look-like-it-because-they-look-just-like-any-other-solid-barrier-in-the-stage-that's-made-up-of-the-same-colors. I'm all for a well-calculated rollercoaster ride, but I also like to have a bit of an idea as to where it's taking me. Having to memorize which times to jump, to press down to roll (Those electric floors in the loops? Seriously?), and to simply navigate my way through without harm is a no-no... all with these fancy new moves that are not only confusing but not addressed to the player in a manner that's understandable. The first boss, I only have one complaint. The orbs, in my opinion, shouldn't do damage when they're still being gathered by King Orbi. Otherwise, it's a nice challenge. Gorbichev, however... fuck him. I have never hated a boss, official or otherwise, as much as this cunt. These blue spheres fly all over the fucking place, there's absolutely no indicication of what kind of attack he's going to do next, you can't tell which of the psuedo-3D spheres will damage you or which won't when they bounce around. And just when you finally, finally think you land a hit on him, you fucking bounce off him like a bumper, the *ping* sound included for added rage. It took me many long, frustrating, angering tries to finally defeat him. With fucking savestates. That boss had sucked the enjoyment out of my system by the time I got to Act 3, which felt like a 2D version of the annoying Quick-Step segments in Unleashed, only instead you were jumping. Oh, and one wrong move and you're dead. Unless you have savestates, you have to do the act all over again. But hey, at least this time you're able to memorize which places to jump to, right? That just might make it fun! Oh, wait... Enough of my rage. It's 1am here and I'm tired as hell. Look, it's great technically, just like everyone else has stated, but it's not fun. It's frustrating. I do hope this becomes better in a later release. Maybe you'll take some of my advice/complaints into consideration, maybe not. Best of luck, regardless. One more thing: Tweaker I usually agree with you, but I just can't here. If this isn't supposed to be a Sonic game, why is this hack that has Sonic in the title and as the only playable character (so far) in it that I downloaded from a Sonic-based message board that hosts other Sonic hacks and projects that won a Sonic hacking contest being discussed by Sonic fans who play Sonic games and other Sonic hacks featured in the very same in the "Engineering & Reverse Engineering" subforum for the Sonic section of this Sonic site? I mean no insults or anything like that, but help me out here.