A game that evolves the most isn’t always the best game out there. Bringing a series back from the dead in spectacular ways, fantastic reboots, or fixing a long-running broken series can go a long way. There were many greatly improved sequels that did little to halt the progress of what it went out to achieve.
Sonic Frontiers is a perfect example of what to do and not to do. Spending 20 years to make a good game in a long running franchise isn’t good and Sonic Team probably holds a world record for it. Somehow they finally found the magic. An open world design which is a first for the series. More advanced combat with combos, parrying, and dodging, a unique fast travel system, great graphics, and bite-sized 2D stages thrown in. If they keep this up this can be a home run for the series.