Shadow the Hedgehog (video game)
Shadow the Hedgehog is a 2005 platform game developed by Sega Studios USA and published by Sega. It was released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in Europe and North America in November 2005 and in Japan in January 2006. It is the first game in the series to have the E10+ rating from the ESRB for its mild use of profanity and fantasy action violence. The game received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, who criticized its controls, mature themes, level design, and addition of guns and other weapons.
About Shadow the Hedgehog (video game) in brief
Shadow the Hedgehog is a 2005 platform game developed by Sega Studios USA, the former United States division of Sonic Team, and published by Sega. It is the first game in the series to have the E10+ rating from the ESRB for its mild use of profanity and fantasy action violence. It was released for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in Europe and North America in November 2005 and in Japan in January 2006. The game received generally unfavorable reviews from critics, who criticized its controls, mature themes, level design, and addition of guns and other weapons to traditional Sonic gameplay. However, some praised its replay value, and the game was commercially successful, selling 2. 06 million copies by March 2007. New features include the ability to drive vehicles, such as motorcycles and alien aircraft, and a single-player mode that retains the single player mechanics but is set in one of three specially-designed stages. In some stages, a second player may take control of Shadow’s side-kick in some of the stages, and some variants of each character can be palette-swapped and used in a variety of ways. The player chooses one of the two metallic versions of him or her, and can choose to play as either Shadow or one of his side-kicks, depending on which character is in the game. The character is a creation of Doctor Eggman’s grandfather, Prof. Gerald Robotnik, as he attempts to learn about his past while suffering from amnesia. Shadow can use various weapons and special attacks to defeat enemies, and most levels have three possible missions that the player may choose to complete.
The missions completed determine the game’s plot and subsequently playable levels. Each level features cutscenes that advance the story, and several levels also feature boss battles. As in most Sonic series games, the Chaos Emeralds play a major role; they help Shadow remember his past and allow him to perform Chaos Control and Chaos Blast. Although Shadow can outrun the player, the latter have unique capabilities such as crushing enemies and traversing otherwise impassible acid-covered areas. Shadow can also perform Chaos Blast after filling the player’s Hero Gauge by defeating Black Arms soldiers, and he can perform Dark Gauge after defeating G. U. N. soldiers in a two-player U.S. N-player N-Player U-Player mode that uses a vertically split screen to separate each player’s view to separate the two versions of the character. In the single- player mode, the player can choose one of two different characters to control, and each player can play as Shadow or a different character from the other. The single player mode is designed to take place in some specially designed stages, but in some stages only one player can control Shadow, and in some cases both characters can be used in the same stage at the same time. Each player has the option of playing as both Shadow and the other character, and there are 326 possible paths to take in each pathway.