@Laura As far as I understand what we've been told, the writing process is that SEGA provided Ian with the plot beats they want them to hit (i.e. the plot in broad strokes such as the Titans and Sage and the End and whatnot) and he fills in the details with the actual script, which is subject to feedback and revision from SEGA. When Ian submitted that final draft, he didn't do so with any kind of certainty that things wouldn't be further changed internally, and given how insistent Ian is about his NDA for Frontiers, I don't think we'll find out exactly who contributed what to the script for a long time to come. At any rate, I implore you to give the IDW book a shot. I very much appreciate that you're being respectful of Flynn within your critique of this game's writing, because it's not for nothing that he got this gig. He fundamentally gets these characters arguably better than any previous scenario writer for these games in my opinion and it is a shame that this doesn't shine through in Frontiers. Granted, I do disagree with the extent of your criticisms and I reckon I find a lot more merit in this game's writing than you do, but it certainly has issues with pacing and ambition. As I alluded to in my own write up, I think the overarching flaw of Frontiers' writing is that it rushes straight to the payoff. It takes for granted that everyone playing it is already familiar with these characters and events and I think tries to gratify fans quickly by addressing grievances that we've had with the past decade or so of Sonic writing, when perhaps a more gradual and earnest shift towards what we want from this characters would've been more organic. Of course, there are other factors, such as the nature of game writing being a different beast than comics writing but, while I think this stuff is important to understand in terms of how to go about improving the writing, I concede that this is all just context and at the end of the day all any of us can do is judge the final product that's given to us so, while I disagree with you in some areas (in animation and voice acting as well as writing), I don't think your criticisms are all that unfounded.