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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, theShadow 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
Score distribution:
  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. Unlike last years popular and more importantly, playable, "Sonic Heroes," Shadow The Hedgehog is a misstep in almost every direction.
  4. Shadow the Hedgehog is awful. Stay away from it.
  5. The new gun combat is horrid. [Jan 2006, p.138]
  6. 40
    For all the consternation about a gun-toting enigma invading a kid-friendly video-game series, the only thing to fear in Sega's Shadow the Hedgehog is the game's slap-dash excution. [Mar 2006, p.80]
  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: 16 out of 41
  2. Negative: 15 out of 41
  1. May 14, 2012
    10
    OH NO, a positive Shadow the Hedgehog review? I am prepared for the hate. Regardless, Shadow the Hedgehog was released in 2005 and is theOH 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. BenF.
    Apr 17, 2006
    10
    One the games I really liked. Ignore the reviews. the people who write reviews are the adults. Remember, it's adults who grade this One the games I really liked. Ignore the reviews. the people who write reviews are the adults. Remember, it's adults who grade this game, trust me. Buy it if you love shooter games. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2013
    8
    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 theNot 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. MarkK.
    Oct 6, 2007
    5
    Simple rule: Guns + Sonic = Garbage. Some good ideas, but fails to deliver with medicore gameplay and the same flaws any other 3-d sonic game Simple rule: Guns + Sonic = Garbage. Some good ideas, but fails to deliver with medicore gameplay and the same flaws any other 3-d sonic game ever had. Some speed is still present but this still soulless stuff. A real shame. Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    5
    Average game

    The animation isnt too good, neither is the voice acting. the story is kinda cool, and i like the non-linear level system
    Average game

    The animation isnt too good, neither is the voice acting.
    the story is kinda cool, and i like the non-linear level system
    The turning is better and more controlable

    Overall, i would call it a game.
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  6. NickM.
    Jul 9, 2006
    3
    This game goes somewhat off the point of the sonic francise, which is speed. I feel that there was too much guns and not enough speed. The This game goes somewhat off the point of the sonic francise, which is speed. I feel that there was too much guns and not enough speed. The gun idea was.... somewhat a good idea, but it could be better. To make the game worse, camera and controls! Expand
  7. BenV.
    Nov 13, 2005
    0
    A complete rip-off of other much better games. You would think that combining platforming gun combat from the Ratchet and Clank series as A complete rip-off of other much better games. You would think that combining platforming gun combat from the Ratchet and Clank series as well as "good and bad" choices from games like Fable would make a great game, but not with this. Easily the worst game this year. Sega has failed its fans once again. Here's the Bad. The gameplay is atrocious with barely any variety; your choices amount to nothing; the camera never works properly; the auto targeting reminds me of Drakes of the 99 Dragons; and the main character and story are as dull and unoriginal as ever. The Good? None really, except that it shows that Sega has no reason to exist in the gaming market. If you're simple, read this: Do not buy, rent, or get near Shadow of the Hedgehog. Expand

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