Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
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  1. 49
    A long list of shortcomings, from stupid level design, unrefined controls and useless gunplay to disappointingly outdated graphics.
  2. Shadow the Hedgehog fails to live up to its pedigree due to terrible controls, an uncooperative camera, and an overall lack of effort.
  3. From its stripping down of the series' most successful gameplay elements to its obviously desperate addition of weapons and 'street' cool this is still a product of a development studio with a good imagination. But also, it seems, a lazy one only too happy to jump on the same GTA bandwagon that's currently carrying way too many developers.
  4. AceGamez
    40
    The poor controls, tricky camera and an irritation-filled gaming experience is unfortunately what Shadow the Hedgehog is presented as, and this doesn't deserve to be found under too many Christmas tree's this year.
  5. Game Informer
    40
    The new gun combat is horrid. [Jan 2006, p.138]
  6. 40
    The lack of speed is a real problem here.
  7. Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
  8. 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.
  9. 20
    What possessed Sega to go in this direction is beyond us. Maybe maintain the edgy appeal that Sonic never had in the first place. In doing so, they betrayed the very thing that makes Sonic well...Sonic.

Awards & Rankings

64
#64 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 46
  2. Negative: 19 out of 46
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    3
    Shadow the Hedgehog is a mess of a game, and I'm surprised why it hasn't gotten a reputation that '06 has.
    - Slippery controls that are
    Shadow the Hedgehog is a mess of a game, and I'm surprised why it hasn't gotten a reputation that '06 has.
    - Slippery controls that are extremely hard to get used to
    - A story that has multiple confusing paths that are completely forgotten in the end for the Last Story, making a selling point of the game completely negated
    - Completely forgettable music, and that's sad for a Sonic game
    - Okay graphics, with mostly dark colors
    - Gun gameplay that doesn't really add anything
    - Freezing issues when playing on a 360 (it freezes a LOT)
    - Multiple annoying missions (unless you're going neutral)
    - Replay value that's annoying and pointless to do (I'm looking at you, Cutscene Library!)
    If the things I've said don't make a difference, play the game for yourself and see how bad it really is.
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  2. soundwave
    Dec 1, 2005
    1
    What is this? This game suffers from a huge amount of gameplay issues. The levels are extreamly poorly designed, they deploy every annoying What is this? This game suffers from a huge amount of gameplay issues. The levels are extreamly poorly designed, they deploy every annoying aspect you could think of including the 'defeat x number of guys but you are now stuck in an area where you cant reach that amount' and 'OH MY GOD! Pits all over the freaking place!' mechanics. This makes the levels painful to play. The camera is probably the worse I have seen in a game in a long time. It never allows you to see enough of the enviroment to know whats going on and it tends to always behind something. The 'center camera' button does nothing but make it jerk around for a second or two. The guns are just weak. You cant aim your self, the game just seems to randomly pick targets for you to fire at. This is a great pain since the game attempts to play a good and evil idea. So you end up shooting everything in a sight ratjer then just the good or bad guys. This game was just a pain to play. It actually felt like I was being punished for playing it. Its a fustrating, slow, story disaster, poorly thought out, unfinished, pile of game poo. Stay away from this... far away. Full Review »
  3. Feb 2, 2017
    5
    Shadow the Hedgehog is a game that brings unwelcome amount of maturity (And for an E10+ game, this is what you get? Please... save that forShadow the Hedgehog is a game that brings unwelcome amount of maturity (And for an E10+ game, this is what you get? Please... save that for the M-rated games.), unnecessary edginess, and guns in a series all about a hedgehog with the ability to run as fast as a human can go. I'm too confused, is this supposed to be in the exact same franchise or am I just dreaming? Full Review »