Oh, yeah. That makes sense. Sorry if I came off as overly critical.
On the subject of Post Sonic 3 and Knuckles games, I personally found the Sonic Rush games on the DS to be quite satisfying; I actually rank the second Rush game as one of my all time favorite Sonic titles. I was also okay with Sonic Advance 3 for the GameBoy Advance. It's overall quality wasn't quite as high as the classics but I appreciated it's partner system.