Welcome back to Throwback Thursday my fellow retronauts! This month has some big titles releasing that all happen to be sequels to already big games like Fallout, Tomb Raider, Battlefront, and Halo. It had me thinking about sequels, especially the bad ones that have come and gone. I decided to dive into the not so great sequel that is Shadow the Hedgehog which came out on the Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, and PS2.What happens when you take the fun gameplay of Sonic Adventure and make it all about guns instead of platforming? Shadow the Hedgehog having his own game is what happens. Coming off the pretty decent success of Sonic Heroes, which got praise for it’s fun gameplay of switching between different characters on the fly to conquer certain obstacles, Shadow the Hedgehog was just flat-out terrible.
Having a series like Sonic the Hedgehog that is all about 3D platforming and morphing it into a third person shooter/platformer does not work well. The camera was even worse in this title and the enemies that you fight are just not unique or interesting to look at.
The only good thing about the game is that there are different endings depending on how you choose to play each stage. There is a hero, evil, and neutral objective for each level and you get to choose whichever you want to do, and it ultimately changes the path that you’re on. When you choose the hero side, random Sonic characters come out and help you in the stage which is utterly stupid because they literally pop out of nowhere. Why would Amy or Tails wanna help Shadow anyways? Since when were they best friends? Either way, replaying through the game multiple times is pretty cool to see all of the different endings.
Shadow the Hedgehog should never have been a thing. Putting a hedgehog on a motorcycle with guns does not help when Sega is going for a serious, dark story. I mean to be honest, 3D Sonic games are never truly good but this one was just completely unnecessary. I wonder why a sequel was never made??
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