I’ve been playing a lot of Sonic Mania, and I love it. The platforming is great, the level design is on point, the art and soundtrack are fantastic—it’s just an all-around enjoyable experience.
Except for one thing. That octopus. I cannot describe the rage that inevitably fills me whenever I get to the end of Oil Ocean Zone and that thing looks at me with those dead robot eyes. The instant kills are obnoxious, rings are impossible to grab after being hit, and its placement at the very end of probably the game’s least memorable zone (not terrible, but not nearly as engaging as most of the others) makes getting back to it after a Game Over a tedious slog.
Have you guys ever had that experience with an otherwise amazing game? Something—a boss, a level, a narrative element even—that briefly made a great experience painful?