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  • Summary: Shadow The Hedgehog allows players to collect an arsenal of weapons, vehicles, and objects to rocket through more than 50 unique missions. In his feature debut, Shadow is tormented by a dark past, struggling to discover his true identity. He is caught in a complex battle between aliens, the G.U.N. army, and Dr. Eggman, and discovers that he may be the very element that will tip the scales between good and evil forever. Is he an android created by Dr. Eggman? Is he the original Shadow simply suffering from amnesia? Or is there an even more sinister explanation? Now, gamers will decide in a race against time by choosing between any number of routes by which to unveil the secrets of his past. Multiple endings reflect critical decisions at every stage of the game. Gamers have ultimate control over Shadow's past, with the potential to rewrite his history time and time again. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 28
  2. Negative: 18 out of 28
  1. I narrowly recommend it for series die-hard, unless it keeps you from buying "Rush", in which case you should opt for your DS all the way. [Dec 2005, p.58]
  2. The magic of the 2D versions have all but been lost in a search for technical accomplishment and it suffers terribly for it.
  3. As a long-term Sonic fan Shadow the Hedgehog fills me with absolute dread and disdain; it’s an abysmal game that manages to expand upon the issues of previous Sonic games, whilst completing negating the core ingredients of the Sonic series.
  4. Shadow the Hedgehog is awful. Stay away from it.
  5. Sega has jumped the shark with their Sonic franchise, as this release massively disappoints with frustrating controls and useless camera.
  6. 40
    Shadow the Hedgehog could signal the death of Sonic spin offs, the title tries too hard to be impressive and ultimately fails miserably.
  7. Combine the relatively poor visuals with monotonous level designs, and you'll find yourself in the middle of a level with no real visual cues of where you are within the level.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 13 out of 32
  1. May 14, 2012
    OH NO, a positive Shadow the Hedgehog review? I am prepared for the hate. Regardless, Shadow the Hedgehog was released in 2005 and is the first Sonic related game in which the protagonist is not Sonic the Hedgehog and is a character introduced in Sonic Adventure 2. The purpose of the game is for players to find out more about Shadow than they originally knew of in SA2. This information includes Shadow's past such as how he was created and more details about Maria. When it comes to the actual story, it gives you a different feel in each of the different sides you choose. I believe players disliked the story because they didn't want a different style in which you can play through different outcomes and have increased replayablility. Now let's get into the gameplay. Many people found the gun concept to be "Pointless", the speed of Shadow to be too slow, and the performance of the game graphics wise, but I found none of those to be an issue. the guns bring variety to the series, Shadow runs just as fast as Sonic and runs as smoothly as in SA2, and the graphics were not bad. Heck, even the split screen I found fun playing with my friends. The only minor issue I found within the game was, well, nothing. Overall, don't listen to the other reviewers unless you prefer everything to be the same rather than variety. That is why this game deserves a perfet 100. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    I don't see why this game is so hated. It has really cool soundtrack and levels are really enjoyable. It's just one of those games, that require mre skill. The idea of dropping 10 rings after hit instead of all of them makes this games actually a lot easier. I like the fact, that you can choose, if you want to do Hero, Dark or Neutral (go to finish line) missions. Also, the storyline fills gaps that SA2 and SH left for Shadow. It has great replay value.
    This game is a platforming shooter and that's the main reason why it's hated so much. Those kinds of games are actually my favourite. In other words, you should buy this game, if you want to know more about Shadow The Hedgehog without going to wiki pages or if you like platforming shooters.
  3. Sep 13, 2013
    Not everybody agrees with the setup of this game, but it was the best thing to do. The story is good, they brought in alien invasions, as the aliens launch full scale invasions, Shadow is standing on a tree, suffering from amnesia, thinking about how a girl called Maria died, the alien's leader BLACK DOOM pops up, he wants Shadow to give him the chaos emeralds, after a brief conversation between the two, Shadow is left with even more questions such as why does he want them and how does he know him. The game fun, I like the gun play, platforming, you can pick what mission to do and choose the path you take, but seriously, this game wasn't very well thought out, melee weapons apparently have "ammo" or maybe Shadow just gets bored with a sword quick and throws it away after hitting with it like 5 times. The story is great but also a bit flawed flawed, it doesn't show much of what's going on with the world, and also you know that GUN Commander? well, he has his own story; he blames Shadow for GUN killing Maria, and then he BECOMES Commander of the GUN it's like wtf just why, it makes no sense. That is another thing the story focuses on (not that its bad), depending on which path of the story you take, how Maria died and the connections with her and Professor Gerald. There are 2 flashback levels that take place in the space station. People say this game looks bad, even for the time, yes, that is true, this game could've looked better, the game only looks beautiful in a few levels such as Circus Park, Mad Matrix and Circus Park. There are some real issues with the gameplay, when you're with Sonic characters they don't seem to kill enemies and more importantly, you can try to side yourself with a faction and they still attack you, that is one big issue they did not think about, and you can't have BLACK DOOM with you and open the doors blocked by aliens without having to kill them. Moving on, there are 3 factions, the GUN; Human soldiers fighting for the lives of billions, the Black Aliens, who is invading and conquering the world with BLACK DOOM, and Eggman's Robots, led by Doctor Eggman, all of which you can side with; by doing a mission under the order of Doctor Eggman which is either DARK or HERO depending on what the other option is, you can help the Sonic characters which is the HERO path and side with GUN, or you can side yourself with the Black Aliens which is always the DARK path. Shadow learns more about his past as you progress through the game. You get 5 keys in each level which are worth looking for. I admire this game for its replay value, every time you finish the game, it is worth playing the game again and taking different missions; different paths and play the other missions on a level or make up a different path, and there are ten different endings to get before unlocking the "true" ending, but what is shameful is that there is no DARK final ending where you side with BLACK DOOM and conquer the world. Shadow The Hedgehog has problems to it and it could've been made better, but is a very good game, you don't have to like it, but you shouldn't hate it for having bad camera, unrefined controls and being dark. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2012
    I liked Shadow the Hedgehog, as an avid Sonic fan it delivered a good experience, I thought the addition of guns was pretty cool, I didn't care much for the story, it wasn't too great, but who does? In a sonic game you just wanna run and keep running, the problem with that, is that some of missions didn't allow you to do so. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    this game could be awesome
    but sega made a lot of mistakes
    they could do something better it they would take
    his time,they could fix the
    gameplay,the could made
    different endings with a better story and with better levels
    with more speed and less action and ridiculous things
    why a hedgehog needs a gun and a motorcycle?
    he is the ULTIMATE LIFEFORM!!!!
  6. Jun 13, 2011
    Sega said it wanted a hardcore hedgehog, so they painted in black and gave it a gun. Seriously , Sega you're a genius in what you do, in fact you are my "idol". This is a huge disappointment in the famous series, yeah, maybe i like the sonic series, but the classic one, forget about the Sonic series is lost. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2014
    Wow, is this even a game? Have these people ever played a Sonic game? What is the problem you ask? Well Shadow doesn't have enough guns. Also this game lacks the snorting of cocaine and the administering of heroine and other happy drugs. This is the way I think the game should've went. First, Shadow is seen at the trap house, making his daily roundabout, when all of a sudden, Dr. Eggman steals his '64 Cherry Red Impala with all sorts of suspensions and 400 inch rims. Shadow is not happy with this, and gets his glock ready. He then shouts, "hey foo, give me my muda-fcking ryde back!" And then the game ends. That would have been better than this weak excuse at a video game. Well, that's all. Expand

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