what you need to know:
Released in 2005 for the Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox, Shadow The Hedgehog puts you in control of, uh, Shadow The Hedgehog, who is suffering from amnesia and must collect the 7 Chaos Emeralds to regain his memory of his past. The way you play (completing dark, normal or hero missions) determines the games ending.
This review is to also help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sonic series. 😀
It’s Shadow in his own game!
The first time I saw him in Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, he quickly became one of my favorite characters in the Sonic series. I like that he gets his own game.
Graphics are really good
The cinematics in particular are really good. You can really see a lot of detail on the characters. Like the fur on Shadow or Dr. Eggman’s mustache or shine on the aliens. The in-game graphics, well not AS good, are still pretty good.
This is the first and only sonic game that I know of where some of the characters actually swear. It’s also the only really big problem I had with the game. Thankfully, the swear words are kept only to the “d” word and “h” word, but it still kind of irks me…
Great action and speed
Whats a Sonic game without speed? Not much, really. Shadow The Hedgehog does a good job of keeping the speed the games are known for. It’s really cool to watch Shadow run massive loop-de-loops, go flying above huge pits and grind across thin steel beams over bottomless pits.
The action is also great. In this game the developers finally let Shadow pick up and use the guns that fall off of the enemies, so you give them a taste of their own medecine. Shadow can also drive cars now, instead of only being able to destroy them. And if you don’t like that, most of the time the guns and cars are optional.
First off is that most of the stages that take place on the A.R.K. are way to slow and maze-like, the camera can sometimes take a bad position. And although it’s neat that you can decide whether to play as a hero or villain there are some problems with this. Let’s say for example you decide in the middle of the stage to change from playing the hero mission to playing the dark mission, when you do though, the guys on the dark side will still attack you. It’s rather annoying to have to navigate past your so-called “allies” to stay alive. These aren’t very big complaints, though.
Shadow The Hedgehog is a pretty good game. There are flaws present, and I don’t like how some of the characters swear, and that’s the main thing that prevents this game from getting a five-star rating, but you should definitely get this game if you’re a Sonic fan. Prehaps the flaws in this game could be fixed in a 3D Classics version or, better yet, a long over-due sequel.
final rating: Four and a half stars; pretty good.
Played though the entire game over several years.