Song is nice. It's not Jun's Sonic 4 Episode I OST, so that's all I care about. Rather annoyingly, I agree with you on this. With Mania there were too few truly original stages, but what was there really had some great new tropes. Here, I've yet to be wowed by any tropes themselves, which isn't actually the most major flaw among titles in the franchise, but does indeed point to yet another aspect about Sonic Team that seems to have been long since lost since the 90s. I don't know if I will ever get to be wowed again by unique, otherly, creative fantasy settings like in Sonic CD, or by the more grounded but complex looking visuals of S3&K. Even Adventure 1 tapped into that feeling regularly when it stepped away from the real world aspects. It's certainly possible for Superstars to do it. It just has yet to pull it off. Even Super Mario Wonder seems more incline to do so this season. Sadly, it feels more like seeing stage tropes in Sonic 4. Better executed for sure, but a sense of "oh, that again" is there. That's not to say I don't see quality or integrity in the product. It's clearly there, even in stages with gimmicks I care less for, there seems to be a clear gameplay based intent to design that we've been lacking for some time outside of Mania, and I do appreciate that. But that childlike sense of wonder certain stages gave me? Not there anymore, while Mania did tap into it ever so briefly. Heck, even the 2nd act stages tapped into it with the "how will they twist this old theme" creativity, and I was still an adult when Mania came out. We'll see. I think the game will ultimately be good either way. I just don't know if it will wow me the way I wish it could.