@eder: I'm really not, if anything, I very rarely agree with Jeff's opinions. Go back and play the first sonic game. It really doesn't play well, especially the PAL version, it's all swimmy and slow. The way the first level works also fools you into thinking, gotta go fast, because the second level just has a bunch of waiting.
I don't want to make this yet another Sonic thread so this will be the last thing I do say. I do go back and play Sonic 1 very regularly and its still a ton of fun. Sorry you got to play the 50hz version if you did that looks like ass.
Yes the game is about going fast but thats not all. It's a platformer first so you'll be doing some jumping and other stuff. It's not a racing game those are the ones you should expect to be going blazing fast and even those have also variants because just going fast isn't enough sometimes. Also the speed factor was vastly improved in the sequels.
There is plenty of waiting in many great classics and we don't seem to give those any beef. Mario games have the autoscrolling levels, Ocarina has you waiting to hit enemies, RPGs have you wait for your turn etc etc.
To keep this on topic lets see.... Oh I know Aladdin SNES >> Aladdin Genesis and Contra Hard Corps >> Contra 3