Love the buttrock. Gotta follow my rainbow, man!
But yeah, I remember playing this way too much, and even when replaying I still enjoy the parts other people didn't like, such as the not-Sonic-or-Shadow sections. I wonder why. It seems like it ought to be objectively bad, and that's that...
I'd be happy to pay the cost. It's been a long time coming.
Extra Credits did episodes on this exact subject, and I think they made a great argument.
Games Should Not Cost $60 Anymore - Inflation, Microtransactions, and Publishing
Why Do Games Cost So Much To Make? - AAA Game Budgets