It's important to try to look at this title from a fresh perspective. Yes, Sonic Team doesn't really mean quality anymore, but a lot of new people are on this project. First up: it's confirmed that Sonic is the only playable character 99% of the game, minus a couple of mini-games where you'll play somebody else. Next: branching paths are back. The multiple routes from the 2D games (all of which lead to the same endpoint) are a large part of what made the classic games so much fun.