I think people's general fascination with "open world" as a concept (which somehow hasn't waned any over the past decade) plus the easy approachability, low interactivity/thinking of AAA games are why the reception for Frontiers has been warmer to the general public than past games. Late-stage 3D Sonic's highly automated game design finally strikes a chord with people. And with the added plus of no one getting too mad about falling into a pit, Frontiers has captivated the public in a way that gets people saying it's at least a 7. Woohoo! A 7! We did it, boys!