Shadow The Hedgehog
Published by Sega
Platform: PS2, Xbox, Gamecube
Probably one of Sonics
most controversial games ever, Shadow the Hedgehog is a game experience like never seen before in a Sonic game.
Review by Synergy:
Ok here is where I’m
going to start with this game, THIS GAME IS NOT SONIC’S GAME, IT IS SHADOW. Therefore, there is NO reason it should play like a Sonic game, and there is no reason to compare it to one; matter fact, the game is even better
if you don’t have the mind frame of it should play like a Sonic game. Ok now that’s out of the way, let me tell
you how the game is.
The game itself is relatively
good, not one of the best games I’ve ever played, but not a bad game at the same time. It starts out with Shadow in
the park trying to figure out who he is and where he is from when suddenly, the world is under attack from an alien race known
as “The Black Arms”. Their leader “Black Doom” comes to Shadow and tells him to collect the Chaos
Emeralds for him. Shadow then decides to find the Chaos Emeralds hoping to find out more about his pass.
The game play of the game
is a little hard to explain for me. At times, you are running real fast and such, but that’s not what the game
is truly about. The guns add to the game play as many people may have been surprised; many thought that it would be taking
away from it. You people that hated having to hit the enemy multiple times to kill it in Sonic Heroes would hate this
game if it didn’t have guns, because the health meters for enemies are back. The game is like a 3rd person shooting
type game with some speed at times, I guess that would be the best way to describe it. Just know it is not
like Sonics game play. The game has CG movies in between levels which are great hands down. Too bad the actual graphics of
the game aren’t the same, which isn’t entirely too bad of a thing. The graphics are almost like Sonic Heroes graphics
but they are improved a little bit but honestly compared to the other Sonic 3D adventures, this game has the best graphics.
The sounds in the game aren’t anything amazing either really, but the music is awesome, especially the main theme song.
It has been stuck in my head ever since I first heard it. Every song in the game fits its level which is a good thing too.
Now about the controls,
this is where the game kinda takes a bit of a downfall. In some areas of the game where you are actually moving real fast,
you lose complete control of Shadow. Someone in another review described it as “a cheetah running on ice”. That
may be a bit overreacting, but it is pretty much suiting the point. There is no aiming in the game, which isn’t too
bad of a thing, but if you are near an enemy and shoot, it automatically aims at the enemy, which could be a good or bad thing
depending on the situation. The replay value is relatively high due to the fact that the game has eleven endings. Sometimes
it can get a bit repetitive, but overall it is fun enough to play the same level over again.
Overall though, the game is a decent,
solid game that should still be given a chance. Die hard Sonic fans should like it IMO, and others would enjoy the game as
well. The only ones I see that wouldn’t like the game are those that are like “It’s not Grand Theft Auto,
it sucks!!!!!” a.k.a. The Casual Gamers some would call them, and/or the ones that just don’t like Shadow or change.
Other than that, the game should be given a chance, maybe renting the game first would do you better than just going out and
Ratings (scale of 1-10):
Sound effects and music: 9/10
Replay Value: 8/10