|Encore Mode really wasn't as different as I was hoping. A lot of the time I couldn't even tell if there was anything new or not. The character swapping thing is okay but I mostly only just stuck with Ray and Tails or Knuckles, and whenever I switched to Sonic or Mighty it was on accident.|
I only managed to get 1 chaos emerald during my first Encore Mode run. The 2nd special stage is harder than any of the normal mode special stages.
Next I'm gonna use a guide to find all the special rings in each act and go through all of them until I get all the emeralds. I'm not gonna resort to grinding the same special ring at the beginning of Flying Battery Act 1 unless I still don't have all the emeralds after I've visited every single special ring.