Personally, I hated SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. I felt that it could have been an alright game, but I never thought it would surpass any of the previous games to begin with, having read the plot before release. Upon its release, a play of the game, and the amount of poor reviews and backlash basically confirmed my thoughts. It wasn't very good. The game has so many different plot points which probably do make sense, if only they were to be explained a bit more (Blue Chaos Emerald Paradox can make sense). The voice acting in the game is also pretty poor too, and there are so many errors it's unreal (Why does Silver say his famous opening line in Shadow's voice? Seriously, go and watch it). Sonic and the other characters control so poorly that I racked up two game overs on Wave Ocean alone, and the characters moves are also flawed. There's no way that Sonic is meant to infinitely slide or jump into the air so that he can reach behind the scenery either, and it's inexcusable. The game definitely isn't finished at all, and most people don't realise the extent of this truth; it looks and plays like it was stolen from the team with months until developments end. There's elements in the game which have only been half implemented, and I was shocked when the day/night system was thrown away, considering that when they E3'd the game, they basically showed it JUST for that element alone. Those collectable gems should definitely also have been the Sol Emeralds, and Super Sonic was cut from the normal game pretty late in, something which people were also looking forward to. There's a lot of sound missing from cutscenes, making them feel awkward, and all the characters look lifeless, and Sonic definitely frowns too fucking much for my liking. The loading times are horrendous too. The only redeemable thing about the game is that it sets up the Sonic Rush and Rivals series, and explains them; Blaze and Silver are from the future, when players who only play Sonic Rush think it's another dimension (Rivals also tells us it's the future). I also forgot to mention that the music is pretty good too. Yet, when the bad is all said and done, if I was given the game, I'd still go and play it for a while. Who knows why? I really don't. It's almost as if I want to play it and tell myself that it's a good game, that it's not repetitive and dull. Thing is, the game does have some decent qualities, which players try to master despite all the bad controls and bugginess. Maybe it's because it's Sonic, and it's quite pretty at times, and because I've played the previous games, and want to see the connections to previous entries. Either way, whatever happens now, it will always be a buggy and unfinished game forever.