I'm disappointed with all the "Tell, Don't Show" approach that this game has. (I expected them to actually show ALL the damage Eggman has done. I'm also perturbed that he wasn't really hammy about the whole thing; gloating, a dystopia that has his face everywhere, maybe a few Mobians actually being loyal to Eggman like Infinite was...) Certain things just didn't feel motivating, giving you a drive to keep going.
Like, what is GUN doing? What were Shadow and Rouge doing during the months that Sonic was kept captive and tortured? For a world that’s been dominated nearly 100%, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of his “personal touch” i.e What you mentioned, his visage. Where did Silver come from? Is this Classic Sonic one in the same as the Mania incarnation (Though to be fair, Mania’s title theme riff plays when he first appears. Which hints that he is)?
And why the HELL was Tails lounging-around and wangsting about what happened to Sonic!? Is this really the same child that was faced with Sonic’s death TWICE right in the face yet still pulled himself together to rectify shit?
Forces’ story and characterization is the very definition of a mixed bag and a missed opportunity. And it’s disappointing that it’s premise didn’t even come anywhere close to living up to it’s potential.