At the risk of everyone snapping at me I really don't see why this game gets so much hate. Just because it isn't a spot on recreation of the Genesis titles doesn't mean it's bad. It's not as good as Sonic 3 & Knuckles but I'd argue that it's better than the first two. Most of the complaints I hear about this game tend to be about things that are ALSO wrong with the older titles. Seriously, go back and play them, they're not as flawless as you might remember.