Review by ViralPlayer101
"Can Shadow shoot through his first game?"
Shadow The Hedgehog is back with his own game with high speed action and weapons. Shadow must decide who to fight, either against Dr.Eggman, the Blackarms aliens, or G.U.N. soilders in order to find the secret of his past. Can Shadow recover his past? Or will he be looking for a long time?
Story: After the events Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog must choose which side to fight for and seek out the 7 Chaos Emeralds to recover his lost memory .
Gameplay: Unlike past Sonic games, the goal ring does not have to be the main objective. Depending on your own choice, you can choose the Dark Mission, Hero Mission, or just simply head to the Goal ring. Depending on your actions, you can either use Chaos Control, which teleports you further into the stage, or Chaos Blast, which allows you destroy anything within a 20 yard radius. Shadow still has moves that past Sonic games had, like the Homing Attack and the Light Dash. The storyline is decided on what action you commit. Unlike Sonic, Shadow is the only character now to have the ability to use weapons, ranging from close combat to variety of firearms, semi-automatics and heavy assaults, which is a new feature to the series, however, is a bit awkward. Shadow can only carry one weapon at a time, but he can swap for another weapon or when the weapon have used up all of its ammos. There is also vehicles, such as motorbikes and G.U.N. mechs, but they're useless when Shadow is already fast on his feet. However, they have abilities that Shadow does not have, such as crossing hazardous acid. For the most part, these vehicles are optional. Additionally, you can co-op with a friend with a second controller on this version.
Graphics: The graphics has never been a work of art in the Sonic games and this is no exception. The graphics do look nice sometimes, but also looks the same in comparison to Sonic Heroes.
Sound: The sounds in the game is in an average level. The sound of the guns do sound realistic at times, almost making you feel that you're actually using them. The music is one of the few bright spots in this game. With its hard rock genre, you can at least enjoy listening if you're tired of just playing the game.
Overall: Shadow's first game is not really flashy, but can still be fun to play. The gameplay does have problems, mostly concerning the guns lack of accuracy, but still has the same high speed action that many Sonic fans crave for.
Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 03/13/08
Game Release: Shadow the Hedgehog (US, 11/15/05)
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