Shadow the Hedgehog

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Shadow the Hedgehog is a Sonic the Hedgehog series spin off title. Players take the role of Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic's Nemesis from Sonic Adventure 2. Shadow must fight his way through many levels to unveil the secrets of his past. Will he choose to join Dr. Eggman or the Black Arms? Or will Shadow decide to fight only for himself and nobody else to discover the true meaning of Shadow's past? The choice is yours and only you can make it.

Playing as Shadow, you have many new abilities that Sonic does not have. For one, you can use a gun. You also have hover shoes instead of Sonic's plain old running shoes. You can follow whichever path you choose to follow to discover Shadow's true identity. You can collect the Chaos Emeralds or you can help Robotnik or the Black Arms. Depending on what path you choose, you will have a different ending.


  • シャドウ・ザ・ヘッジホッグ - Japanese spelling
  • 刺猬阴影 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Average score: 49% (based on 52 ratings)


Average score: 3.1 out of 5 (based on 65 ratings with 8 reviews)

Should this "game" even be known as fun at all?

The Good
Well, one of the first few noticeable touches to this game is the fact that Shadow is the main character of the game. The only time that i know when Sonic wasn't the main character in one of his games was in Sonic Battle.

Apart from that, there isn't that much to give this game credit for except the decent soundtrack to balance for the stress the game gives you.

The Bad
One of the main points where this game falls apart is the fact that SEGA thought it was wise to "mature" things up a little. This game has got no replay value, terrible controls and the repetitive use of the word, "Damn". This is supposed to be a SONIC game; "damn" has no right to be in a game series that has always been released for ALL AGES!

Another flaw with the game is the graphics. The cinematics look absolutely stunning, but as soon as you reach the actual game; it looks absolutely terrible. It's just like being raised into heaven for two minutes and then being thrown into hell for the next couple of hours! I know that in my previous reviews; graphics aren't a big concern for me but I know for a fact that SEGA could've done a lot better than this!

Another big addition to the game is the feature of guns... WHY are guns in a Sonic game. It makes no sense to me! And most of these guns are flawed: firstly, it takes a lot of time to aim most of the guns correctly in order to defeat an enemy, while some guns can easily lock onto targets such as the rocket-launcher. Secondly, some of the guns look too ridiculously big and heavy for Shadow to carry´. Also, Shadow can ride vehicles such as cars and motorcycles in the game. They control TERRIBLY and they only act as an attempt to try to boost this game's "quality".

The last rough edge of this game is the voice acting. Nearly every single character in this game has a bad voice actor. It was when I realised that SEGA even decided to bring back the 4Kids voice actors when Sonic X was on TV (lucky us cough).

Well, that is basically all of the bad stuff I could find from this game. If SEGA had chosen to keep this under development for a few more couple of months, the "game" may have even been good. Sadly, it wasn't

The Bottom Line
This was a sad disappointment to me. Everyone around the block told me that it was going to be amazing. When i saw the first opening cinematic of the game, i thought i was in for a treat. But through it all, this game proved to be nothing more than a failure.

PlayStation 2 · by Arejarn (7353) · 2008

The Assistant of James Bond

The Good
The action stages are very different to the the other Sonic video games. I find it, very fair that the player can be either good or evil, as with video games these days you don't really get that chance. Shadow's enemies can be in fact, the Sonic Team gang, if the player gives Shadow his own path.

The Bad
As always, the English voice cast was rubbish, but that's besides the point.

I do believe that Sega has made this video game to close to a movie about James Bond, with the guns the player can use. Black Doom reminds me of a Star Wars character, he seems to be saying in his own to Shadow, ''I am your father''.

The one thing I found very strange, that this game seems to take after Sonic the Hedgehog for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I still think Shadow has lost his memory in that video game, as he does not remember Professor Gerald or Maria, for that matter.

The Bottom Line
I would say the game has a close storyline to Sonic Adventure 2, as it has a much more darker atmosphere.

The video game is only for 12 years and over, maybe an 11 year old, could play this. Some levels are a bit hard, but the boss levels appear to be easy.

GameCube · by Rouge (5) · 2007

Sonic is not the protagonist.

The Good
The fact that this game focuses on a character other than Sonic.

The Bad
I've to say, this game takes everything away from a true Sonic game! It's all about shooting and killing, and finding Shadow's past. What I don't really understand is this. After you choose Shadow's past, none of the endings of the game are said what Shadow thinks about in Sonic Next-Gen.

Also, the two player mode doesn't allow players to have a race.

The Bottom Line
Shadow the Hedgehog is an okay game if you don't want to keep playing as Sonic or his friends.

Xbox · by SteamTheCat (5) · 2008

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James Bond's Assistant Rouge (5) Aug 17, 2007



This was the first Sonic game to get an E 10+ rating.

Voice cast

The entire voice cast was done by 4Kids Entertainment, who did the dub of the anime Sonic X. At first, the original cast was to do the voices, but when Deem Bristow, the voice actor for Doctor Eggman, died in January 2005, Mike Pollock, from 4Kids Entertainment, stepped forward, and SEGA decided to dismiss the existing cast and brought everyone from 4Kids aboard.


  • Game Informer Magazine
    • January 2006 (Issue #153) - #6 of the Top 10 Worst Games of 2005.

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Game added by Classix.

PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0. GameCube added by Shoddyan.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Sciere, Alaka, Grandy02.

Game added February 13, 2006. Last modified April 3, 2024.