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5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 9 out of 23

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  1. Aug 30, 2013
    0
    sega put a poll on their website to ask their fans what characters deserve their own game and shadow won by a landslide. like with all the creepy sexual fanarts, it's no surprise. but sega gave the shadow fans a big middle fingers up their asses by programming this awful game. i got stuck A LOT in this game wonder what the hell i was suppose to do.
  2. 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 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
    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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  3. Jan 11, 2014
    7
    The place where this game shines is in it's graphics, voice acting and gameplay. The controls are pretty tough, and some of the levels aren't great, but the huge amount of paths is what makes this game interesting. I think that this game deserves at least a 6, it is a bit more than most people want to play, or see from a SEGA game.

    I would suggest trying it out before you buy it.
  4. Nov 15, 2014
    10
    Let's just get this out of the way, anyone who claims Shadow is a generic, unnecessary character, but likes Blaze or Silver, shut up and get out. Anyway, moving on, this game is a massive improvement on the previous Sonic game, with most control issues at least partly fixed. While there are still problems (I really hope whoever made the flying parts got fired) they are nowhere near as badLet's just get this out of the way, anyone who claims Shadow is a generic, unnecessary character, but likes Blaze or Silver, shut up and get out. Anyway, moving on, this game is a massive improvement on the previous Sonic game, with most control issues at least partly fixed. While there are still problems (I really hope whoever made the flying parts got fired) they are nowhere near as bad as people believe. The story, while it can become repetitive, is pretty good for what it is, if confusing at times. I honestly don't believe this gave deserves a 10, but am giving one simply to balance out the ridiculous amount of groundless low reviews. Let's be honest, the reason this game is so low rated is because people hate Shadow, for being allegedly generic and irrelevant, and just a copy of Sonic. Well done, he's a copy of Sonic, THAT'S THE POINT! He's meant to be that, and the fact is, unlike Sonic and Silver (the other Sonic carbon copy that is nowhere near as hated as Shadow, even though he deserves it a lot more) at least Shadow actually has a personality, unlike the latter two. And as for the game's dark nature and use of guns, well done, Sonic games have evolved and grown up, shame it's fans didn't Expand
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49

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Shadow the Hedgehog doesn't really do anything new, and doesn't really give the impression anyone's trying particularly hard.
  2. Considering the series' rich history, no gamer should be forced to have such mediocrity tarnishing their childhood memories.
  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.