By: Edward H.
Graphics: Decent for a GC game, but by no means the best you can get out of it.
Sounds: Average. Most of the time, you’ll just hear explosions.
OVERVIEW: “Shadow the Hedgehog” is SonicTeam’s first frontier with having Shadow as the main character. For those unfamiliar with the series, Shadow is Sonic’s rival of sorts, who has had many issues with him before this game.
Story: Shadow has lost all memories of his past, and he believes that, to get it back, he must collect 7 emeralds of pure power called, “The Chaos Emeralds”.
Along the way, he meets various other characters from the sonic world, and must decide whether or not he wants to help them.
Gameplay: True to Sonic games, This is all about speed and accuracy. This game is an adrenaline-filled speed run. Think of it as riding a roller-coaster with obstacles. This game also introduces a mission-format, that, depending on what you do on a stage, will turn shadow either good or evil at the end of the game. These choices also affect what stages you take, so each and every run-through will be different.
Music: Mostly Rock and orchestral pieces. Very fitting though.
Opinions: Though you’ll see a lot of hate for it, this game isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s one of my favorites sonic 3-d games. Controls are slippery compared to the other games, but it’s not rage-inducing. The dubbing is horrifying, Don’t be surprised if you want to drop-kick characters off the cliff because of their voice-acting.
I feel they tried too hard to get at the teen demographic by adding guns and whatnot, and it comes off as laughable instead of serious, sometimes.
Disregarding all that though, The gameplay is solid. The replayability is amazing. (The total number of different paths you can take equal up to 385!)
The game is all about speed, which is what sonic games are supposed to be.
The story is different depending on the path you take, so you have to piece together yourself.
All in all, Definitely worth a try. If you already like sonic games, there’s no reason you won’t like this.
RATING : 8/10