We are getting awfully close to the release of Sonic Colors. When will the other shoe drop? When will we discover this is another secretly-displeasing Sonic game? Not today. Not when I saw the game's multiplayer mode.
Sonic Colors has made it through E3 (June) and PAX (September) without letting me down. Each time I see this Sonic-only game, I see a game that is fast and fun. It's sometimes in 3D but seldom requires the player to worry about moving Sonic anywhere other than forward, with a little zig-zag and a lot of path-switching permitted. Even the Wisps, the colorful buddies introduced in Colors who briefly grant Sonic special powers seem not to be noxious. They seem like fun additions, even the pink spiky one that lets Sonic be a wall-crawling buzz-saw.