Conclusion: 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.
Excerpt: Sonic made his first appearance in 1991, in a platforming game for the SEGA Genesis console aptly named 'Sonic the Hedgehog'. Sonic, like many classic game series, eventually made the jump to 3D. But it still kept in forefront the same essence that the original game possessed: speed. And after several installments, came the inevitable offshoots.
Excerpt: I remember the good old days: Seeing Sonic run through Green Hill Zone for the first time on a friend's Megadrive, humming along to the cool soundtrack in Sonic CD, and playing Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast and wondering how a launch title for a new piece of hardware could look any better. New console jubilation aside, Sonic was great, and back when it meant something to have a mascot he did a great job for Sega.
Summary: I once had a childhood nightmare about Sonic beating up Tails and taking his lunch money. This game is my dream, now fully realized.
Pros: The CG videos (particularly the opening one) are beautiful and well directed., The game's graphics, though dark and depressing, are not entirely worthless.
Cons: Mixes fast, floaty control and non-linear, platform style level design., Slow, Takes everything that was Sonic, reverses it, and stomps on it., Thinks the story of a roller-skating hedgehog can have philosophical merit., Unfocused with too many objectives, paths, and play-styles.
Conclusion: I only had the expectation of some good fast Sonic action and this game delivered however if you are worried about the bad fan boy reviews out there you might want to rent it first. If you have not played a 3d Sonic game then you should start with Sonic Adventure but this was a fun kick ass change of a 3d platform action game.
Excerpt: Shadow the Hedgehog is a game that has come under a lot of fire. Ever since it was unveiled, the fan boys went into a moaning frenzy. You see, Shadow now has a gun. Only SEGA knows why they decided to put a gun on Shadow, and I for one would like to know as well. But anyway, the fact that Shadow has a gun does not make this game any less great.
Excerpt: ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no doubt that Mario and Sonic are the most popular videogame characters ever created. Nintendo and SegaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lovable platform characters have starred in tons of games combined, and even though the demise of SegaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dreamcast led to Mario being the more popular of the two, they both still frequently star in games. So it was pretty surprising when Sega announced a Sonic title that takes a jump away from the franchiseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s typical conventions.
Summary: Auf den ersten Blick hat es
schwer, mit den Genremix zurecht zu kommen: Jump'n Run mit Shooter- und Racing Elementen sind halt schwer miteinander zu vereinbaren. Alles in allem ist es aber ein gutes Spiel geworden, was durch seine interessante Story und den großem Umfang hervorsticht. Man wird aber trotzdem das Gefühl nicht los wird, dass es das Sonic Team hätte besser machen können.
Conclusion: Dass Shadow the Hedgehog mit vielen Mängeln behaftet ist, darf keineswegs verschwiegen werden. Die Grafik ist nicht wirklich zeitgemäß, die Steuerung wirkt anfangs furchtbar und einige Missionsziele sind schlicht dämlich. Mit der Zeit bessert sich jedoch alles: Die etwas überholte Grafik stört immer weniger und selbst die Steuerung wirkt nach einiger Zeit beinahe griffig.
Pros: spaßiges Gameplay, guter Sound, wieder mehr Story als in Sonic Heroes
Cons: SEHR gewöhnungsbedürftige Steuerung, zum Teil misslungene Missionen, grafisch auf gehobenem Dreamcast-Niveau, schwacher Mehrspieler-Modus