"Decades worth of actually good games"? Come off it. The only Sonic games outside the Genesis games and Mania agreed to be good games by the general public are Colors and Generations. You might get a couple of people outside the fanbase remember the existence of the Advance or Rush games (hardly anybody outside the fanbase bought, let alone cares about, the handheld titles), or the All-Stars Racing games if you consider spinoffs. That's it in what's otherwise been a sea of mediocre games, with the exceptions games notorious either for being complete trainwrecks, or sparking flamewars on whether they are actually good games or not. Most of those good Sonic games, by the by, are also 2D; even the couple of the "good" 3D games listed still have a large amount of 2D in them. None of the other 3D Sonic games come even close to establishing some semblance of a consistent baseline quality. The argument that "2D Sonic has never been good" is a load of crap isn't unfounded, far from it; even if Mania isn't the "true Sonic game" the fanbase needs--it's still two country miles better than the majority of games --2D and especially 3D-- that have come out since the mid-90s. (And if by "true Sonic game" you mean being a 3D game--I don't know what to tell you, as that was never the point of the game in the first place. People who wanted a new 3D Sonic are supposed to watch from the sidelines and look forward to Forces.) And even then, none of the "good" Sonic games outside the Genesis titles and Mania are considered or have been described to be among the best in the platforming genre by the gaming community. They're admitted to be good, but aren't considered exceptional; nobody is going to mention Colors or Rush in the same breath as platformers like Donkey Kong Country 2, Super Mario Galaxy, or Rayman Origins in a neutral space. Yet when Mania becomes the first critically acclaimed Sonic game in ages --as opposed being merely considered "okay", "good enough", "great for its time"-- your reaction is to slam them for not pretending Sonic games have been consistently exceptional (which is blatantly untrue) and then accuse them of holding the series to ridiculous standards? Get off your high horse. The only ridiculous standards being propped here are from Sonic diehards, demanding reviewers and general consumers (and even other people within the same fandom) to act as if Sonic has always been a perfect series that has done almost nothing wrong.