Shadow the Hedgehog Xbox

Metascore
49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
Buy On
  1. A monumental letdown, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
  2. Unlike last years popular and more importantly, playable, "Sonic Heroes," Shadow The Hedgehog is a misstep in almost every direction.
  3. If you're a die-hard and quite old Sonic fan, Shadow the Hedgehog will probably disappoint with its weird mish-mash of styles and the same awkward and flawed 3D play of "Sonic Heroes." [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  4. This premise would still be stupid even if Shadow didn't suffer from slowdown issues, a nonexistent lock-on system, a horrible camera, and bottomless pits in which to fall. But it does, and it is stupid--just like this is a stupid way to spend 50 bucks.
  5. Shadow the Hedgehog doesn't really do anything new, and doesn't really give the impression anyone's trying particularly hard.
  6. Shadow the Hedgehog has a couple good ideas that are ruined by sorry gameplay. What happened?
  7. Considering the series' rich history, no gamer should be forced to have such mediocrity tarnishing their childhood memories.
  8. The magic of the 2D versions have all but been lost in a search for technical accomplishment and it suffers terribly for it.
  9. I wouldn't class this as a game that belongs within the Sonic franchise but as a unique game featuring Shadow and all his friends including Sonic.
  10. Official Xbox Magazine
    55
    Frustrating core gameplay problems overshadow the edgy urban setting. [Jan 2006, p.64]
  11. The action is also largely mindless, with a poor targeting system and a game camera that never quite follows the action the way you want it to.
  12. Practically nothing works the way that it should. Guns are bad, the camera is worse, and the mature departures that the story takes from the rest of the series are truly what will have the fans raging on the message boards.
  13. 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.
  14. An ultimately flawed platformer that falls short of its goals of innovation and another game that is marred by its attempts to appear darker and more mature.

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  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. Apr 14, 2015
    8
    The game has some serious problems. However, it's nowhere near as bad as people say it is.

    The game has quite a lot of stage. the stages
    The game has some serious problems. However, it's nowhere near as bad as people say it is.

    The game has quite a lot of stage. the stages are also large and have many paths you can take. I also like the stages themes. They aren't very memorable but they're enjoyable.

    The controls feel a little slippery, they're not that bad though.

    In terms of combat, the general combat excluding guns feels better than SA2 to me. The gun/weapon system is really good and the weapons are surprisingly fun and easy to use.

    It may just be for the fact I've not played many Original Xbox games, but the game looks really really good for the system. It runs at 480p/60 on Original Xbox and the game looks great.

    The story isn't 100%. At least the cutscenes and dialogue are pretty average. SA2 and before's dialogue and cutscenes were really bad and cringe worthy
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