I think I can completely relate to you Jimmi. Sonic was just one of those games that should have stayed a 2D platformer. Both 2D & 3D still have plenty of improving to do, but because now a days, people are so hard pressed on fantastic graphics, 2D games sort of slip through the cracks.
As much as I might have liked Sonic Adventure 2, nothing, and I can say this with complete honesty, nothing beats Sonic 3 & Knuckles in my eyes.
You mean Super Sonic? He's been around since Sonic 2, Hyper Sonic came up at Sonic 3, because of the second batch of emeralds, super emeralds. Just about everything Sonic, fits together like a large puzzle, it just happens to be that almost all the Sonic games lately are Sega trying to 'get it right' with Sonic, and they keep having to revert back to his original roots. Every since Knuckles Chaotix, they've just been pulling characters out of their asses, only good new characer we had since Knuckles, was Shadow. That's pretty much it.
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named night,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule
From a wild clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of space
Out of time.