It's Sega's fault to begin with. They kept making a lot of games that people hated. Those people complain. They make one game that's good. Then bad. So then people styles on what they like of Sonic keep changing. Even when the game HAS what people want. Like Sonic 4.
Or Sonic Generations. People still bitch. It's to the point that the franchise is gone to crap. People got used to just complaining about everything now. I frankly stopped buying Sonic games after DX Directors Cut. It wasn't worth it with the guessing game. Even though I don't play those few good ones. It's really no big deal.