I don't think Wraith meant to say "Only Classic Sonic is good, and Modern is not" but rather that Classic just had much more effort put into its mechanics and establishing the identity of the series. Sure, they could put just as much effort into the mechanics of Modern Sonic games, but the reality of it is that they haven't as no Modern Sonic game has really come close to mechanical depth as the 2D games, even among the Modern 2D games like Advance and Rush. Note, this is not saying that those games are not fun or have no depth whatsoever, we're just comparing them to the 2D titles is all. And sure, there are plenty of people that still enjoy Modern Sonic games about as much as the Classic Sonic ones. And there are ones who don't. It's all subjective shit. But I do think its worth exploring why even passable Modern Sonic games tend to be much more divisive when the most well received game in recent years was a Classic styled title. Mania was a video game first and foremost as opposed to the cinematic and stylish experience that Modern Sonic games tend to be imo. And that's really what some people want, a video game that has fun mechanics to fuck around with. Modern Sonic games don't have to be style over substance, but that's the direction Sega have chosen to build these games on. If the Sonic brand is going to present itself as a AAA franchise alongside other major gaming IP's, then I feel its completely fair to judge it's mechanics to others. Super Mario Odyssey isn't exactly the best Mario game ever, but I'll be damned if he isn't fun as well to just run around and do shit with. I've never had this feeling with a Modern Sonic game since Sonic Adventure... The cynical part of me feels like Sega understands Sonic's brand power and knows fully well that the games will sell regardless of what they do. In 90's, Sega had something to prove and had to earn people's goodwill, so they were firing on all cylinders to establish Sonic's brand. They don't have to do that anymore since Sonic is wildly recognized as a household name nowadays despite the controversial aspects of its games. There's no reason Sega should put it in the effort we want them to since the games are going to sell regardless, speaking strictly from from a business perspective. And from that perspective, it's easy to see why so many of us are so jaded and annoyed. Because it feels like Sonic, a series built on style and innovation, is being put through the corporate ringer. It just feels wrong. It's something that really makes you wonder if Sonic becoming such a mainstream icon was really worth it in the end.