I don't know if I want to start regularly running Mania, because Denuvo is still in the PC version, which is the only platform I can play it on lol. Moral dilemma; against piracy, but also against DRM.
When I was a kid, when I would play games that have a Time Attack option, I would keep lowering my PB. Sonic games are the epitome of speedrunning, since the objective is to go as fast as you can.
Gamers often complain about the slippery, over-precise controls of Heroes, Shadow, and 06. The controls are slippery because your top speed has acceleration that is much higher than in the Adventure games. I actually think that Shadow the Hedgehog controls better than SA2 because of the loose controls.
In the case of 06, the controls are just loose, and your top speed is much slower than the Adventure games when running.
Now that speedrun.com has a New Game+ category for 3 and knuckles, I'm thinking about running it. It's fun to blaze through the game as Hyper Sonic like the invincible epileptic seizure he is.
Sonic 3K is the most technical 2D Sonic game in my opinion, so hopefully, New Game+ doesn't go through the same level of level wrap optimization. 3 and knuckles is a very broken game, so glitches with Hyper Sonic can happen. Happened to me a few times during practice runs.