So, I will be honest and say that I have been burnt out on SRB2 completely since March of this year. I had forced out MCTails just so I could have it done with.
... then, you may ask, why did I play Super enough to be giving a review?
Well, you see, I wound up testing a few things for Ice, and aided with compatibility for MRCE. And, as a result, I playtested it.
Now, when I mean burnt out, I meant, I just. Didn't want to play. SRB2 was no longer fun.... but Super wound up, in a few select changes, making a whole new experience, one that I played despite that burnout.
I, after seeing a few select reviews, decided to sit down and, in call with a friend, play through the whole game with Super and give a review.
I had fun. The base moveset is accurate to the normal Super moveset, and the amount of rings was always fair as long as you went at a fast pace. I wound up going through RVZ1 somewhat quickly.
Now, the Super Metal Race is tough as nails, but, it by far wound up restoring the challenge I had 2 years ago with the Metal Sonic race, and I enjoyed trying again and again, and getting better at the harder race.
Now, Black Hole may be somewhat tough, but, as a temporary measure, it's fair. Fire Sonic is also really cool, as a SMBZ reference and general form idea. I also have enjoyed Fire Sonic's ability to stomp out of a dash quite a few times.
Whilst I wouldn't consider this among the best... that's not a fair comparison, for different mods have different visions and goals. With what you had in mind, Ice... you did a wonderful job.
For anyone wanting a mod that puts their knowledge of the game to the test, try this one out, because it really does test if you can get through stages quickly enough. Whilst I didn't struggle in this regard, a newer player easily could, and that's okay!
2. Black Hole Zone is an extra, 8th special stage you unlock from collecting enough emblems in the vanilla game. I know the issue of the hyper unlock stage... being an unlockable, so I may also include an alternate unlock condition in the future.