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Shadow the Hedgehog

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
47
3.7
PlayStation 2
42
3.2
Xbox
48
3.5

User Reviews

Should this "game" even be known as fun at all? PlayStation 2 Arejarn (786)
I works...to a certain degree. Xbox M.Allen (76)
The Assistant of James Bond GameCube Rouge (7)
Fast-paced goodness PlayStation 2 ProjectShadow (4)
Great platform/shooter game; critics are liars! GameCube Austin Bruner (5)
Highly criticised, but very little of it deserving. GameCube Bob the Stickman (290)
Sonic is not the protagonist. Xbox SteamTheCat (7)
an enhanced sonic game GameCube sonicteamUSA (46)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
GameCube 15 3.7
PlayStation 2 11 3.2
Xbox 12 3.5
Combined MobyScore 38 3.5


The Press Says

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80
GameCubeBright Hub
This isn't a game that should be winning awards, but it isn't as abysmal as the gaming media would have you believe either. In truth, it's a solid and enjoyable action platformer, better than Sonic Adventure DX but not quite as good as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. The game received a rating of E-10+ from the ESRB and is more thematically intense than other games in the series, and does include a few instances of harsh language, so it may not be suitable for very young gamers. If you're fortunately enough to find it in a bargain bin somewhere for $10 to $15, pick it up. Otherwise, it's worth at least a test rental. Considering that it plays well, has an interesting story to tell and features over 300 different ways to play through the game, I think you'll find it's worth the gamble.
80
GameCubeGamingEvolution
Shadow the hedgehog has been getting a lot of low scores around the internet. The thing is that those reviewers did not spend enough time to get use to the camera, controls and the feel of the game. The game does an excellent job of combining platforming with shooting. Shadow the hedgehog is certainly not perfect but it at least can keep you entertain while you wait for the next Sonic 3-D title. If you liked previous Sonic 3-D titles and you have no problems to stop running and go destroy enemies then this might just be your game. But the best recommendation for this game is to pick it up when is in a lower price.
70
PlayStation 2Console Obsession
It’s basically a Sonic game with guns and an open-ended storyline, with both elements sitting nicely in place without feeling like a crowbar has been used to force them in. The fact of the matter is that the game may boast exhilarating speed and showcase some fantastic graphics, but it just doesn’t quite manage to compete with the big hitters of the genre with all the consoles already having something better on offer.
70
GameCubeHonestGamers
This game does enough things right that for the most part, you'll likely enjoy yourself while playing it. Recommended.
70
XboxGame Over Online
You could make a very real case for Shadow the Hedgehog not being a Sonic game, gameplay-wise, and I'd wholly agree with you. It's something other, though there are a few nods to its Sonic origins. It's much more focused on objective-based action adventure shenanigans, for example, with less of an emphasis on the insane speed that's part and parcel of the Sonic series. However, that does not explain how we ended up with such a lackluster game. Shadow the Hedgehog has a couple good ideas that are ruined by sorry gameplay. What happened?
70
GameCubeGame Over Online
You could make a very real case for Shadow the Hedgehog not being a Sonic game, gameplay-wise, and I'd wholly agree with you. It's something other, though there are a few nods to its Sonic origins. It's much more focused on objective-based action adventure shenanigans, for example, with less of an emphasis on the insane speed that's part and parcel of the Sonic series. However, that does not explain how we ended up with such a lackluster game.
70
PlayStation 2Game Over Online
Shadow the Hedgehog has always sounded interesting to me. It showed that Sega didn't necessarily take itself too seriously and was willing to have a bit of fun with their flagship license. I mean, c'mon. Giving a superfast hedgehog a gun seems kind of goofy, right? I figured that we'd get a fairly enjoyable game in the Sonic-style with a kicking sense of humor. It turns out that I was wrong of nearly every count.
68
XboxXBox Front
Jedes Konsolensystem hat immer eine bestimmte Figur, die das Aushängeschild des jeweiligen Systems ist. Bei Nintendo ist es Mario, bei der Xbox der Masterchief und bei den Sega Konsolen? Genau, Sonic. Der pflichtbewusste blaue Igel huscht seit seiner damaligen Geburt auf dem Master System immer mal wieder über den heimischen Fernseher und erfreut sich einer relativ großen Fangemeinde. In Sonic Adventures 2 hatte nun Sonics schwarzes Ebenbild – Shadow - seinen ersten Auftritt und ihm wurde nun ein eigenes Spiel gewidmet. Ob Shadow die Erfolgsstory der Sonic-Reihe weiterführen kann oder nicht, findet ihr in unserem Test heraus.
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GameCubeN-Zone
Schnelle Saltos, Megasprünge und Turboschienen sorgen für ein schnelles Spielgefühl. Ebenso kann man mit Waffen, die teilweise fast so groß sind wie Shadow selbst, so richtig auf den Putz hauen. Schade, dass die 3D-Shooter-Sequenzen genauso uninspiriert sind wie das Leveldesign und die Technik von Shadow the Hedgehog. Auch der Mehrspieler-Modus ist sehr enttäuschend. Die Arenenauswahl ist dürftig und die Übersicht leidet unter der schlechten Bildschirmaufteilung deutlich. Schade, Sega!
63
XboxSegaFan.com
La primera aventura de Shadow en solitario ha resultado una producción a medio cocinar, con un puñado de ideas buenas, de cierto potencial, cuya inclusión no se hubiera posiblemente ni planteado de ser Sonic el protagonista.
60
GameCubeSEGA-Portal.de
Als ich das erste Mal von Shadow the Hedgehog hörte, war ich wirklich sehr skeptisch. Das legte sich jedoch mit der Zeit und seit dem Anzocken auf der GamesConvention stand es fest: Shadow the Hedgehog muss her! Für mich als Fan der Serie hat sich die Anschaffung wirklich gelohnt. Es macht Spass, und das ist doch die Hauptsache! Wenn ihr ein Jump’n’Run mit Actioneinlagen sucht und über die technischen Mängel hinwegsehen könnt, kann ich euch Shadow the Hedgehog nur ans Herz legen, Fans greifen schon aufgrund der Story sowieso zu!
60
GameCubeThe Next Level
Poor Sonic has been struggling to find solid footing ever since he jumped to 3-D. His most recent re-invention, the tag-team-based Sonic Heroes, was perhaps his most disappointing outing in his long history, and so, for this year’s holiday Sonic release, Sega takes a step back from the series and delivers an interesting spin-off featuring Sonic’s angsty counterpart, Shadow. If taken for what it is, Shadow is an enjoyable title. It was only ever meant as a holiday fix for Sonic fans, not a new direction for the series. While it’s not what I would call a return to form, it’s an enjoyable game with enough meat to keep in rotation for a good while. I’ll take that over another heartbreaker like Sonic Heroes any day.
60
XboxMS Xbox World
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. The basic principles of Sonic have gone because of the vast array of weapons and vehicles. It is worth renting out because it will last you a fair amount of time but I wouldn’t buy it. It’s a shame as the game has full of potential but fails to deliver on the multiple paths of good and evil.
57
PlayStation 24Players.de
Gut, Böse, Neutral – Sonic goes Star Wars? Und das Entscheidungskonzept bringt tatsächlich etwas, jedenfalls zum Spielende - bis dahin ist es im Grunde wurscht, ob ihr alles zerhackstückt oder in Ruhe lasst. Und so schön die verschiedenen Abspänne auch sind – das Spiel wird dadurch nicht besser. Ihr schliddert wüst ballernd (oder nicht, von KI keine Spur) durch die Levels, schwätzt hier ein wenig, igelt da ein bisschen. Gewürzt mit den obligatorischen High-Speed-Einlagen sowie der wohl noch unvermeidlicheren miesen Kamera bleibt ein Spiel, das beinharten Sonic-Veteranen einiges bietet. Der Normalspieler fragt sich hingegen schon nach kurzer Zeit, warum Shadow nicht im Schatten geblieben ist – gerade angesichts gleichzeitig veröffentlichter Perlen wie Sonic Rush sieht der Schwarzstachel ganz traurig aus.
57
GameCube4Players.de
Gut, Böse, Neutral – Sonic goes Star Wars? Und das Entscheidungskonzept bringt tatsächlich etwas, jedenfalls zum Spielende - bis dahin ist es im Grunde wurscht, ob ihr alles zerhackstückt oder in Ruhe lasst. Und so schön die verschiedenen Abspänne auch sind – das Spiel wird dadurch nicht besser. Ihr schliddert wüst ballernd (oder nicht, von KI keine Spur) durch die Levels, schwätzt hier ein wenig, igelt da ein bisschen. Gewürzt mit den obligatorischen High-Speed-Einlagen sowie der wohl noch unvermeidlicheren miesen Kamera bleibt ein Spiel, das beinharten Sonic-Veteranen einiges bietet. Der Normalspieler fragt sich hingegen schon nach kurzer Zeit, warum Shadow nicht im Schatten geblieben ist – gerade angesichts gleichzeitig veröffentlichter Perlen wie Sonic Rush sieht der Schwarzstachel ganz traurig aus.
55
GameCubePress Start Online
Shadow is very similar to Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 (indeed, the Shadow storyline links in to the latter) and so fans of those two will most probably enjoy Shadow. The trademark speed of Sonic is still here and racing down a hill at blazing speed never fails to thrill. However, this effect is watered down somewhat thanks to lamentably high levels of slowdown when things get a little hectic. Unfortunately, hardly anything that was wrong with SA2 - or even the inferior Sonic Heroes - has been fixed and so less dedicated Sonic fans will find this to be a distinctly average piece of platforming.
53
PlayStation 2IC-Games
The magic of the 2D versions have all but been lost in a search for technical accomplishment and it suffers terribly for it. The original series was a success because of its speed and simplistic nature, Shadow the Hedgehog has few of these virtues and should only really be picked up by fans desperate to continue the journey.
53
XboxIC-Games
It wouldn’t be fair to say that Shadow the Hedgehog is devoid of any Sonic magic as it simply isn’t the case. You can still, when the game allows, run around at breakneck speeds collecting coins and stomping into opponents, it’s just a shame you have to travel three quarters of the map to get to these places. Ultimately Shadow the Hedgehog just doesn’t ‘feel right’. The magic of the 2D versions have all but been lost in a search for technical accomplishment and it suffers terribly for it. The original series was a success because of its speed and simplistic nature, Shadow the Hedgehog has few of these virtues and should only really be picked up by fans desperate to continue the journey.
53
XboxTeamXbox
It’s incredible what can happen to a series in so little time. People who whined about Sonic Adventure being the doom of the series were partly right since the engine is still responsible for producing this travesty, but in comparison the game, and even its sequels, would be a welcome replacement to Shadow the Hedgehog. The game throws so many “un-Sonic” things at players that it’s almost like a completely foreign experience. The developers force this game to stand on its own from the series but unfortunately Shadow takes too many chances its first time out and should have built up some kind of fan base before venturing into uncharted waters. Rent this if you’re curious how the guns play out during gameplay, but no one should be even remotely considering purchasing this game especially at its full retail price.
52
PlayStation 2Just RPG
Overall, the ability to choose your own destiny in Shadow the Hedgehog is cool, but much of that is overshadowed by the problems with the camera, controls, targeting, and so on. While hardcore fans of the series might be able to overlook some of these problems, it will more than likely will be difficult for anyone else to find much value in this problem-filled game.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
N'y allons pas par quatre chemins, Shadow The Hedgehog est une déception. Plus confus qu'un Sonic Heroes à cause de l'utilisation d'armes, moins maniable, il bénéficie néanmoins d'une très bonne idée : celle de nous laisser choisir la voie que l'on veut emprunter. Mis à part ça, le reste n'est pas formidable : on se retrouve avec un gameplay frustrant et un mode deux joueurs bien pauvre.
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PlayStation 2TotalVideoGames (TVG)
As a long-term Sonic fan Shadow the Hedgehog fills me with absolute dread and disdain; itâ??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. Nobody should even contemplate showing any interest in this title let alone picking it up. SEGA what have you done???
50
PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
With a totally retro-classic Sonic already appearing on a DS near you, I can only suggest that if you own Nintendo's new handheld that you should seek out the real hedgehog and buy that game. If you're insatiably curious as to exploring the Shadow mythos just to see where it goes, by all means rent it for a few days.
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PlayStation 2Mygamer.com
Shadow the Hedgehog does a lot of things wrong, and it can really make getting through the game a chore; Sonic Team really dropped the ball on mission design, the graphics are lackluster, camera control issues can result in needless deaths, and the storyline can be a little hard to follow for anyone that is not a Sonic junkie. Despite its faults, playing Shadow the Hedgehog can be fun – as long as players are not worried about completing every level or seeing all 10 of the endings. The curious can get all there is to get out of it in a weekend rental. Sonic diehards should own this just to see what makes his dark and mysterious rival tick.
50
GameCubeTotalVideoGames (TVG)
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. Nobody should even contemplate showing any interest in this title let alone picking it up, SEGA what have you done???
50
GameCubeCheat Code Central
With a totally retro-classic Sonic already appearing on a DS near you, I can only suggest that if you own Nintendo's new handheld that you should seek out the real hedgehog and buy that game. If you're insatiably curious as to exploring the Shadow mythos just to see where it goes, by all means rent it for a few days.
50
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
N'y allons pas par quatre chemins, Shadow The Hedgehog est une déception. Plus confus qu'un Sonic Heroes à cause de l'utilisation d'armes, moins maniable, il bénéficie néanmoins d'une très bonne idée : celle de nous laisser choisir la voie que l'on veut emprunter. Mis à part ça, le reste n'est pas formidable : on se retrouve avec un gameplay frustrant et un mode deux joueurs bien pauvre.
50
XboxJeuxvideo.com
N'y allons pas par quatre chemins, Shadow The Hedgehog est une déception. Plus confus qu'un Sonic Heroes à cause de l'utilisation d'armes, moins maniable, il bénéficie néanmoins d'une très bonne idée : celle de nous laisser choisir la voie que l'on veut emprunter. Mis à part ça, le reste n'est pas formidable : on se retrouve avec un gameplay frustrant et un mode deux joueurs bien pauvre.
50
XboxTotalVideoGames (TVG)
As a long-term Sonic fan Shadow the Hedgehog fills me with absolute dread and disdain; itâs an abysmal game that manages to expand upon the issues of previous Sonic games, whilst completing negating the core ingredients of the Sonic series. Nobody should even contemplate showing any interest in this title let alone picking it up. SEGA what have you done???
50
XboxCheat Code Central
Taking into consideration Sonic Rush was recently released on the DS with great fanfare, it's extremely hard to recommend this completely unecessary spin-off to anyone. It's not that Shadow isn't an interesting character, he's just not that interesting. Someone needs to tell him "The fans just aren't that in to you, Shadow." With a totally retro-classic Sonic already appearing on a DS near you, I can only suggest that if you own Nintendo's new handheld that you should seek out the real hedgehog and buy that game. If you're insatiably curious as to exploring the Shadow mythos just to see where it goes, by all means rent it for a few days.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
Which is fine, except Shadow the Hedgehog doesn't really do anything new, and doesn't really give the impression anyone's trying particularly hard. You put out fires by walking up to them and pressing X. You destroy crystals by hitting them three times. You bop things on the head. Level design, combat, objectives, secrets, pacing, balance, play mechanics, difficulty curve, boss fights - even visuals - are all precisely the sort of thing we've come to expect from 3d platform games. This one isn't even particularly fast, and its secrets aren't dazzling little surprises you happen upon when you try something inventive; they're more like things you have to go and sweep up after you've made a mess. I didn't find anything overwhelmingly annoying, but then I didn't find anything overwhelmingly anything. "Hero or Villain?" the box asks. Neither, really.
49
XboxIGN
Shadow the Hedgehog is proof that Sonic Team needs to get with the program if it plans to compete with legitimate current and next- generation software. This is Sonic Adventure with guns and less polish, and players today are far more discerning than they were six years ago. Diehard Sonic fans will cling to the fact that the title still conjures up corkscrews and loop-de-loops, as well as an impressive sense of speed when Shadow really gets moving, and this is all true. But this doesn't make up for the game's long list of shortcomings, from stupid level design, unrefined controls and useless gunplay to disappointingly outdated graphics.
49
GameCubeIGN
Shadow the Hedgehog is proof that Sonic Team needs to get with the program if it plans to compete with legitimate current and next- generation software. This is Sonic Adventure with guns and less polish, and players today are far more discerning than they were six years ago. Diehard Sonic fans will cling to the fact that the title still conjures up corkscrews and loop-de-loops, as well as an impressive sense of speed when Shadow really gets moving, and this is all true. But this doesn't make up for the game's long list of shortcomings, from stupid level design, unrefined controls and useless gunplay to disappointingly outdated graphics.
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XboxGameSpot
Shadow the Hedgehog is an attempt to take the series into slightly edgier, more mature territory. That's all fine and good, but a game needs more than a bad attitude and some guns to be enjoyable. The multiple endings are great, and they provide some interesting insight into Shadow's past. Unfortunately, everything leading up to those endings is tedious and frustrating due to the nasty controls and an uncooperative camera. If you absolutely have to get a Sonic fix this holiday season, start with Sonic Rush. If that still isn't enough hedgehog, you might find something to like if you give Shadow a try, but you'll definitely find plenty to dislike, too.
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GameCubeGameSpot
Shadow the Hedgehog is an attempt to take the series into slightly edgier, more mature territory. That's all fine and good, but a game needs more than a bad attitude and some guns to be enjoyable. The multiple endings are great, and they provide some interesting insight into Shadow's past. Unfortunately, everything leading up to those endings is tedious and frustrating due to the nasty controls and an uncooperative camera. If you absolutely have to get a Sonic fix this holiday season, start with Sonic Rush. If that still isn't enough hedgehog, you might find something to like if you give Shadow a try, but you'll definitely find plenty to dislike, too.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
Let's get this out of the way up front: Shadow the Hedgehog is a game set in Sega's beloved Sonic universe, and yes, you can use all kinds of guns to shoot aliens, robots, and even humans. It sounds blasphemous, but it really isn't so shocking once you see it in action. In fact, the shooting mechanics are completely useless, so you're better off avoiding guns altogether. Actually, unless you're a very forgiving Sonic fan, you're better off avoiding this entire game.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Shadow the Hedgehog seems to be Sonic Team's unofficial attempt at aging up its platformer games and as a result the title regularly deals with slightly darker and more convoluted themes that center on the balance between good and evil. The story is kick-started by a gorgeously rendered full-motion animation cinematic that introduces players to the troubled Hedgehog, who has recently lost his memory and is struggling to come to grips with his place in the world. The tale picks up after the events in Sonic Heroes and consequently Shadow can only vaguely recall in flashbacks that there was a girl named Maria, he may have loved her, and she was murdered.
45
GameCubeNintendo Difference
Annoncé en grande pompe par Sega, Shadow the Hedgehog est en réalité une grosse déception qui ne mérite pas de figurer dans votre ludothèque. Les défauts sont tellement nombreux que même les fans du hérisson ne devraient pas y trouver leur compte. Sega, ressaisis-toi !
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PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
Shadow the Hedgehog was a unique attempt at taking a different approach to the Sonic series classic happy go-lucky feel. This is fine by me, but it can't be done by just adding guns, some shady characters, and a bad attitude. Having multiple endings and different paths to choose was a good idea, however, I'd rather watch paint dry, then try and go through the pain of getting to those endings. I personally would like to see them give a try at Shadow the Hedgehog 2, and fix the mistakes (as there are many of them) that they made in this one. If you really want to play some Sonic this Christmas, I'd point you in the direction of Sonic Rush; unless you have an extreme infatuation with Shadow (or just want to have a chuckle at a game), I'd recommend turning another way.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com
En definitiva, y sin querer extendernos más, la ocasión sinceramente no lo merece, tanto si sois fans de Sonic como si no, no os recomendamos el título. Lamentamos tener que ser tan duros, pero la cantidad y calidad de lanzamientos que tenemos como alternativa al título, así como el nefasto acabado de un juego que nunca debería haber salido de otro estudio que no fuera el Sonic Team, pese a que últimamente tampoco estén en su mejor momento, nos hacen aconsejaros de este modo.
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GameCubeGame Freaks 365
Shadow the Hedgehog was a unique attempt at taking a different approach to the Sonic series classic happy go-lucky feel. This is fine by me, but it can't be done by just adding guns, some shady characters, and a bad attitude. Having multiple endings and different paths to choose was a good idea, however, I'd rather watch paint dry, then try and go through the pain of getting to those endings. I personally would like to see them give a try at Shadow the Hedgehog 2, and fix the mistakes (as there are many of them) that they made in this one. If you really want to play some Sonic this Christmas, I'd point you in the direction of Sonic Rush; unless you have an extreme infatuation with Shadow (or just want to have a chuckle at a game), I'd recommend turning another way.
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PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net
Overall Shadow the Hedgehog is one of the worst games I have played on the Playstation 2 in a very long time. The game just has so many bugs that it makes it almost unplayable at times. There is the occasional glimpse of Sonic's classic past, like when you go through a loop the loop, but they are bought back to ground so quickly you have to wonder why Sega ever let this game get released. Sonic is a video game legend, but if this is any indication of what is to come from future Sonic games I hope he hangs up his runners for good.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
Ultimately, one has to respect what Sega tried to do; breathe life into an old and well-worn series. The new ideas they've had work surprisingly well - sure, the hero has a gun, but it's a gun that works fluidly and effectively. The only problem is that the rest of the game has been dressed up in an attitude that really doesn't fit the franchise in the least, and then further marred by graphical inadequacy and unpleasant sound. If you're a die-hard Sonic fan you may well enjoy the conversion to a new and refreshing style, but be careful - a lot of old traditions have been stomped on this day.
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PlayStation 2Jolt (UK)
The story is as follows: Shadow appears to have lost his memory. Suddenly loads of aliens attack the city of Westopolis, wherever that might be. Shadow doesn’t appear too concerned about that fact until the “boss” alien Black Doom turns up and tells Shadow he knows about his past. He tells him to collect the seven chaos emeralds and so Shadow, being the insecure rodent that he is, sets off on the task.
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PlayStation 2Times Online
Unlike the early games, which were developed to show off the speed of Sega’s new hardware, Shadow the Hedgehog offers nothing new. Instead, Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
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GameCubeTimes Online
Unlike the early games, which were developed to show off the speed of Sega’s new hardware, Shadow the Hedgehog offers nothing new. Instead, Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
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XboxTimes Online
Unlike the early games, which were developed to show off the speed of Sega’s new hardware, Shadow the Hedgehog offers nothing new. Instead, Sega seems to be lazily exploiting a franchise that appears way past its sell-by date. Reinvent the character by all means, but give him back his sharp edges.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos
Talvez "Shadow the Hedgehog" tenha sido uma maneira de deixar a série mais adulta, com um personagem um pouco mais sombrio. Pelo sim e pelo não, o fato é que os péssimos controles, uma indomável câmera e um projeto de fases ruim puseram a estragar todos os fatores interessantes, como um jeito de conduzir as fases de várias maneiras e ver diversos aspectos do passado de Shadow.
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PlayStation 2videogamer.com
The Sonic series has been on a downward spiral for a few years now, and while this isn't officially a Sonic title, it shows where the series' creators are going with the franchise, and it's almost heart breaking. Shadow the Hedgehog is an abomination and a game that even the most die-hard Sonic fan would struggle to enjoy. Hopefully they'll learn their lesson after the critical maulings and up their game for Sonic's next-gen debut.
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PlayStation 2AceGamez
Though giving in to the trend for attempting to give what's always been a mildly cutesy title a slightly mature edge can't really be criticised too heavily, it's been handled in such a poor manner that even if Sonic himself had been the star, things couldn't have been any better. The poor controls, tricky camera and an irritation-filled gaming experience is unfortunately what Shadow the Hedgehog is presented as, and this doesn't deserve to be found under too many Christmas tree's this year. Let's just hope that Sega get back to what Sonic does best, fast and frantic 2D action.
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PlayStation 2Darkstation
I don’t usually give many game’s scores at this level, but when you are dealing with such a high profile series like Sonic, you really need to come out at the top of your game. Unfortunately the first outing for Shadow the Hedgehog was not as successful as I would have hoped, and we were left with a game that I would say everyone is better off just passing up.
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GameCubevideogamer.com
The Sonic series has been on a downward spiral for a few years now, and while this isn't officially a Sonic title, it shows where the series' creators are going with the franchise, and it's almost heart breaking. Shadow the Hedgehog is an abomination and a game that even the most die-hard Sonic fan would struggle to enjoy. Hopefully they'll learn their lesson after the critical maulings and up their game for Sonic's next-gen debut.
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GameCubeAceGamez
The poor controls, tricky camera and an irritation-filled gaming experience is unfortunately what Shadow the Hedgehog is presented as, and this doesn't deserve to be found under too many Christmas tree's this year. Let's just hope that Sega get back to what Sonic does best, fast and frantic 2D action. [Keep your eyes peeled for Sonic the Hedgehog on Xbox 360 - I have a sneaky feeling that it's going to be a mind blowing return to form for our spiky blue pal! Ed].
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PlayStation 2PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Shadow the Hedgehog could signal the death of Sonic spin offs, the title tries too hard to be impressive and ultimately fails miserably.
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GameCubeSnackbar-Games.com
Now, replay value? Quite a bit actually. According to the game theatre, the Pure Hero ending is listed as "1", and the Pure Evil ending is listed as "326". This means there are 326 possible ways to play through the game. And let's not forget about the Chaos Emeralds! While each playthrough may not take very long, there's 326 of them to be done before you can call 'complete' on them. And the game itself is very Pick-up-and-play-able. Overall, I'd give it an 8/10. A vast improvement over previous Sonic games, and starring a much more interesting lead character. Rent or Buy - Rent it. Then love it. Then buy it.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Chaotic, arbitrary, dull, and needlessly frustrating; this is video game design at its absolute worst. I'm afraid even Dr. Robotnik couldn't have killed Sonic off so effectively as Sega has managed to do with this game.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Chaotic, arbitrary, dull, and needlessly frustrating; this is video game design at its absolute worst. I'm afraid even Dr. Robotnik couldn't have killed Sonic off so effectively as Sega has managed to do with this game.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
More traditional Sonic running levels are poorly designed and made even worse on the PS2 version, which has a horrible framerate. Chaotic, arbitrary, dull, and needlessly frustrating; this is video game design at its absolute worst. I'm afraid even Dr. Robotnik couldn't have killed Sonic off so effectively as Sega has managed to do with this game.
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XboxGameSpy
If you're simply starved for a new Sonic video game, Shadow the Hedgehog's here. Considering the flood of quality releases this year, however, only the diehard are going to find any reason to venture into this world of generic angst. For the followers, though, there's plenty of reason to stick around; you only experience a fraction of the levels on your first play (which is less than five hours), and there are piles of hidden secrets waiting to be discovered for the dedicated player. Most people won't have the patience for such hijinks, though, and Sonic fans are better off checking out Sonic Rush on Nintendo DS and hoping Sonic Team comes up with an all-new 3D Sonic formula for the next-generation.
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XboxAceGamez
After the much criticised, but reasonably enjoyable Sonic Adventure titles were followed up the tedious Sonic Heroes, we were hoping for a return to normality with Shadow the Hedgehog. Though giving in to the trend for attempting to give what's always been a mildly cutesy title a slightly mature edge can't really be criticised too heavily, it's been handled in such a poor manner that even if Sonic himself had been the star, things couldn't have been any better. The poor controls, tricky camera and an irritation-filled gaming experience is unfortunately what Shadow the Hedgehog is presented as, and this doesn't deserve to be found under too many Christmas tree's this year. Let's just hope that Sega get back to what Sonic does best, fast and frantic 2D action. [Keep your eyes peeled for Sonic the Hedgehog on Xbox 360 - I have a sneaky feeling that it's going to be a mind blowing return to form for our spiky blue pal! Ed].
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XboxThunderbolt Games
In theory the game has a lot of replay value and playing through the game normally once will only let you see seven of the levels on offer (about a third). Inevitably though, by the end seven levels feels like more than enough. It seems unlikely that many people aside from Sonic fanatics will actually enjoy the game, despite its considerable superficial pleasures and alluring half-baked ideas. 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.
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GameCubeThunderbolt Games
In theory the game has a lot of replay value and playing through the game normally once will only let you see seven of the levels on offer (about a third). Inevitably though, by the end seven levels feels like more than enough. It seems unlikely that many people aside from Sonic fanatics will actually enjoy the game, despite its considerable superficial pleasures and alluring half-baked ideas. 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.
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GameCubeGameSpy
If you're simply starved for a new Sonic video game, Shadow the Hedgehog's here. Considering the flood of quality releases this year, however, only the diehard are going to find any reason to venture into this world of generic angst. For the followers, though, there's plenty of reason to stick around; you only experience a fraction of the levels on your first play (which is less than five hours), and there are piles of hidden secrets waiting to be discovered for the dedicated player. Most people won't have the patience for such hijinks, though, and Sonic fans are better off checking out Sonic Rush on Nintendo DS and hoping Sonic Team comes up with an all-new 3D Sonic formula for the next-generation.
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GameCubePro-G
The Sonic series has been on a downward spiral for a few years now, and while this isn't officially a Sonic title, it shows where the series' creators are going with the franchise, and it's almost heart breaking. Shadow the Hedgehog is an abomination and a game that even the most die-hard Sonic fan would struggle to enjoy. Hopefully they'll learn their lesson after the critical maulings and up their game for Sonic's next-gen debut.
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PlayStation 2Pro-G
The Sonic series has been on a downward spiral for a few years now, and while this isn't officially a Sonic title, it shows where the series' creators are going with the franchise, and it's almost heart breaking. Shadow the Hedgehog is an abomination and a game that even the most die-hard Sonic fan would struggle to enjoy. Hopefully they'll learn their lesson after the critical maulings and up their game for Sonic's next-gen debut.
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PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
Sega. Hedgehog. Guns. What the… who the…. How the…. I…. it just…. The mere notion is so stupendously stupid I can’t even form a coherent sentence in my attempts to fathom it. Sega, do yourselves a favor and fire whoever came up with that idea. Then, hire him back, just so you can fire him again. Oh, but that’s not even the beginning of this game’s woes.
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PlayStation 2Thunderbolt Games
In theory the game has a lot of replay value and playing through the game normally once will only let you see seven of the levels on offer (about a third). Inevitably though, by the end seven levels feels like more than enough. It seems unlikely that many people aside from Sonic fanatics will actually enjoy the game, despite its considerable superficial pleasures and alluring half-baked ideas. 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.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
The whacked camera angles mean there's less control over these moments compared to the old-school games, but the sheer adrenaline rush is almost enough reason to explore more levels to see if it comes back. There should have been far, far more moments like this in the game, and this literal lack of momentum kills Shadow the Hedgehog's potential. You end up spending more time picking up weapons and fumbling with their aim than the level design. How many times can you remember preferring bopping robotic crabs over speeding through ridiculous loops and jumps in the original Sonic the Hedgehog?
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GameCubeNintendoWorldReport
In one of the game’s endings, Shadow tells Dr. Eggman that he will send him to hell, and he promptly follows this remark by killing him. That is nothing like any Sonic game I played as a kid. Those games were fast, colorful, simple, and fun - all things that Shadow the Hedgehog not only misses, but flat out ignores.
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GameCube1UP
Seems like someone in Japan decided it was a good time to make a Sonic game that was "street" but had no idea of how to go about it. Shadow loses his memory, starts toting guns he finds on the bodies of characters he kills (both friends and enemies), says words like "damn," and is the angsty yin to Sonic's hopeful yang. 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.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Age
Visual design takes a hit as well, as the entire game has a droll coat of grime over it. Everything looks dingy and dirty, to an extent, with even the bright and shiny computer levels looking a bit menacing. Combine the relatively poor visuals with monotonous level designs, and you'll find yourself in the middle of a level with no real visual cues of where you are within the level. There are several segments that repeat earlier parts of levels, which makes even the highly linear path to the end a bit confusing.
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PlayStation 2Gamestyle
The edgy, dark and brooding style is depressing and practically devoid of artistic merit, and the only reason you would actually bother to play it for longer than ten minutes is either to see the end to this ludicrous Shadow storyline, or because you're a lunatic. You'll excuse the pun, of course, but the Sonic franchise is a mere shadow of its former self.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Not since Bubsy have I seen a mascot-based action game corner the market in unresponsive controls, disastrous level designs, inconsistent character designs, and (my favorite) just being flat out broken. At the very least, this game has its place in the history gaming for that. Shame on you, Sega.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Not since Bubsy have I seen a mascot-based action game corner the market in unresponsive controls, disastrous level designs, inconsistent character designs, and (my favorite) just being flat out broken. At the very least, this game has its place in the history of gaming for that. Shame on you, Sega.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Not since Bubsy have I seen a mascot-based action game corner the market in unresponsive controls, disastrous level designs, inconsistent character designs, and (my favorite) just being flat out broken. At the very least, this game has its place in the history gaming for that. Shame on you, Sega.
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XboxG4 TV: X-Play
What possessed Sega to go in this direction is beyond us. Maybe maintain the edgy appeal that Sonic never had in the first place. In doing so, they betrayed the very thing that makes Sonic well…Sonic. If you’re an adult and still playing games that feature a bunch of giant hedgehogs and some mad scientist shaped like a egg, you’re probably beyond the need for “edgy.” But beyond all that, this is simply an awful game.
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PlayStation 21UP
The game is definitely disappointing but it has its on appeal. Some gamers just like Shadow and will wrestle the camera just to see what happens. Some try to take this as a ludicrous experience and laugh at the absurdity of a short hedgehog with a missile launcher driving a car. Others will just play because isn't a downright terrible platformer, it's just nowhere near where it should be. Years ago it would be easier to forgive, but this is hardly a step above Heroes. It's more a step to the side. The levels are at least pretty varied. Some are actually quite fun, while others tend to grate. This game isn't for everyone. For those who can deal with its faults, it's not the worst game ever. I would heavily advise against getting the PS2 version unless there is no alternative, or if you can't live without Shadow speaking Japanese.
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GameCubeThe Video Game Critic
Shadow's auto-aiming is sufficient most of the time, but the shooting action feels like an afterthought, and it's often easier to simply dash past most enemies. The two-player battle mode is an abomination, as you'll battle the camera in a futile attempt to even find your opponent! On a positive note, Shadow's soundtrack kicks ass, and its rocking intro got me all pumped up for what should have been a good time. I wanted to like Shadow the Hedgehog, but the frustration was too much to deny.
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GameCubeLawrence
Shadow the Hedgehog includes a two-player option, but it’s probably the most lazily developed multiplayer mode I’ve seen in a long time. It’s basic deathmatch style and the problems seen in the single-player mode are made even more apparent with the split screen. You could say Shadow has some replay value because of the branching levels, but that’s assuming it’s worth playing through even once (which it isn’t). Even if you’re a hardcore Sonic fan that has tolerated the last few releases, you’ll probably want to stay away from this one.
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
Shadow the Hedgehog includes a two-player option, but it’s probably the most lazily developed multiplayer mode I’ve seen in a long time. It’s basic deathmatch style and the problems seen in the single-player mode are made even more apparent with the split screen. You could say Shadow has some replay value because of the branching levels, but that’s assuming it’s worth playing through even once (which it isn’t). Even if you’re a hardcore Sonic fan that has tolerated the last few releases, you’ll probably want to stay away from this one.