History VideoGame / ShadowTheHedgehog

13th Jan '17 7:21:29 AM N8han11
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* AnimationBump: In the trailers there are a few very well animated cutscenes. Obviously this is from a time when cutscenes were considerably better animated than the game. But then you play the game and realise that despite the many, MANY cutscenes in the game, these are the ONLY cutscenes with high animation; the rest are animated with the more blocky, cheaper in-game models - despite two of them taking place mid-game.

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In the trailers there are a few very well animated cutscenes. Obviously this is from a time when cutscenes were considerably better animated than the game. But then you play the game and realise that despite the many, MANY cutscenes in the game, these are the ONLY cutscenes with high animation; the rest are animated with the more blocky, cheaper in-game models - despite two of them taking place mid-game.



** Which is odd considering this game already has guns in it. You'd think that on its own would be enough for an E10+ at least.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Chaos Control ability is supposed to be the "good" ability, obtained from killing evil characters, and it allows Shadow to skip part of a level. Problem is, because all but a few of the "good" missions are based on finding stuff and not getting to the end, and because many of these things can only be found in out-of-the-way areas, Chaos Control is next to useless on the alignment it's associated with. It's only useful on neutral missions and the handful of good missions, which involve simply getting to the end.

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** Which is odd considering this game already has guns in it. You'd think that on its own would be enough for an E10+ at least.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
The Chaos Control ability is supposed to be the "good" ability, obtained from killing evil characters, and it allows Shadow to skip part of a level. Problem is, because all but a few of the "good" missions are based on finding stuff and not getting to the end, and because many of these things can only be found in out-of-the-way areas, Chaos Control is next to useless on the alignment it's associated with. It's only useful on neutral missions and the handful of good missions, which involve simply getting to the end.



* BlackScreenOfDeath: On all but one of the Shadow vs. Eggman endings, it's implied that [[spoiler:Shadow broke Eggman's neck...[[FridgeLogic or did he?]]]]

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* BlackScreenOfDeath: On all but one of the Shadow vs. Eggman endings, it's implied that [[spoiler:Shadow broke Eggman's neck...[[FridgeLogic killed Eggman. FridgeLogic or did he?]]]]



** The most useful ones are in Sky Troops (REALLY good Chaos Control short cut), Cosmic Fall (great shortcut), and GUN Fortress (short cut).



** Many people believe the game would have done better if Sega had allowed it into the T-Rating, meaning that the game could have been more serious in its story, and not just people thinking that swearing and guns makes a game edgy. Instead it ended up somewhere in the middle, because ten-year-olds don't want to see Eggman hit Amy Rose across a room.
** The irony being that this game was coming off of [=SA2=] which had a legitimately dark story. The highlights of Shadow are the use of over-sized guns that fire giant, glowing, pew-pew bullets and the occasional use of a light swear. The highlight of [=SA2=] was watching the final moments of Gerald Robotnik pledging to wipe out all of humanity after the betrayal of the government and the loss of his granddaughter turned him into a bitter shell of his former self with a voice seething with hatred. He echos out a genuinely chilling promise of revenge from the atmosphere and context rather than needing to use cursing or comedic guns as a token attempt to be darker.
* BreakableWeapons: This is essentially used in the place of standard ammunition for melee weapons.



* CharacterDevelopment: The entire game is basically one big character study for Shadow - all of his actions drive the story and we can watch as Shadow goes through CharacterDevelopment; his troubled, questioning mind and quest to learn the truth about his past are given extensive scrutiny. It's in this game that the loose ends in Shadow's past are dealt with and he declares that he's put his past behind him. Indeed, he would lose pretty much all of his {{Wangst}} in the next games he would appear in, even having his share of [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 2006]]''. In a rare example of this trope, he actually got ''better'' after losing a key personality trait.

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* CharacterDevelopment: The entire game is basically one big character study for Shadow - all of his actions drive the story and we can watch as Shadow goes through CharacterDevelopment; his troubled, questioning mind and quest to learn the truth about his past are given extensive scrutiny. It's in this game that the loose ends in Shadow's past are dealt with and he declares that he's put his past behind him. Indeed, he would lose pretty much all of his {{Wangst}} in the next games he would appear in, even having his share of [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments]] in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic 2006]]''. In a rare example of this trope, he actually got ''better'' after losing a key personality trait.



** That bike is now Shadow's canon method of driving.



** Which is odd, seeing as he'd already gotten the impression that Gerald was a psychopath after what happened in ''[=SA2=]''.
*** Though in ''[=SA2=]'', Gerald's evil machinations were implied to only be vengeance-based. [[spoiler:Not only did Gerald knowingly attempt to end all life on the planet in retaliation for the death of Maria, but also just as knowingly doomed the Earth just ForScience.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Blue Falcon/Heavy Dog has a number of attached guns. Knock one off, and you can pick up the Bazooka weapon, which also has lock-on capabilities. Once you've done that, you can do serious damage, and knock off more of the bazookas, making this a pretty quick fight. Similarly, while there are guns provided in the arena for the Egg Dealer, it's much quicker to simply home in on its slot-machine style buttons, which can either result in instantly filling your Chaos Blast gauge or turning the robot's Missile Fever or Bomb Fever techniques against it.

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The Blue Falcon/Heavy Dog has a number of attached guns. Knock one off, and you can pick up the Bazooka weapon, which also has lock-on capabilities. Once you've done that, you can do serious damage, and knock off more of the bazookas, making this a pretty quick fight. Similarly, while there are guns provided in the arena for the Egg Dealer, it's much quicker to simply home in on its slot-machine style buttons, which can either result in instantly filling your Chaos Blast gauge or turning the robot's Missile Fever or Bomb Fever techniques against it.



* HundredPercentCompletion: Taken to a truly absurd extreme. There are ten endings (plus the GoldenEnding), but if you want ''true'' 100% completion, you can't just get all ten and call it a day. You can't just complete all 39 missions, either. You have to take ''all 326 possible paths''. Yes, the game ''really'' keeps track of this. And [[http://info.sonicretro.org/List_of_Shadow_the_Hedgehog_Library_sequences they're all individually named]].
** It's only a mercy that while you're pushing through the game 326 times you'll probably be getting an A-Rank for every mission and all the hidden keys. Only once this is done will you unlock 'Expert Mode'. This is a trial run of all the game's stages in a row, even more difficult than before (although you're probably ready for it by now).

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Taken to a truly absurd extreme. There are ten endings (plus the GoldenEnding), but if you want ''true'' 100% completion, you can't just get all ten and call it a day. You can't just complete all 39 missions, either. You have to take ''all 326 possible paths''. Yes, the game ''really'' keeps track of this. And [[http://info.sonicretro.org/List_of_Shadow_the_Hedgehog_Library_sequences they're all individually named]].
** It's only a mercy that while you're pushing through the game 326 times you'll probably be getting an A-Rank for every mission and all the hidden keys. Only once this is done will you unlock 'Expert Mode'. This is a trial run of all the game's stages in a row, even more difficult than before (although you're probably ready for it by now).
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* InfinityMinusOneSword: Most of the unlockable weapons, acquired by watching certain endings, are like this. If you see both the Hero and Dark endings for a particular endgame level, you can "upgrade" your unlockables to Level 2, where they can become slightly more powerful, but hardly worth the effort.

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Most of the unlockable weapons, acquired by watching certain endings, are like this. If you see both the Hero and Dark endings for a particular endgame level, you can "upgrade" your unlockables to Level 2, where they can become slightly more powerful, but hardly worth the effort.powerful.



* MissionControl: Every level has one or more characters that give you orders. Dr. Eggman doesn't follow you, instead using a hovering video transceiver drone and a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection.

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* MissionControl: MissionControl:
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Every level has one or more characters that give you orders. Dr. Eggman doesn't follow you, instead using a hovering video transceiver drone and a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection.



** It's an issue when there are no other ways to get weapons or to open up springs.



* NintendoHard: Most of the time the game isn't hard ''per se'', just tedious and meandering, but there are times when said tedium and aimlessness affect the game in a truly bad way.

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* NintendoHard: Most of the time the game isn't hard ''per se'', just tedious and meandering, but there are times when said tedium and aimlessness affect the game in a truly bad way.way:



** With the way the story scenes are set up, continuity can be achieved in some instances. For instance, help Charmy find the Discs in one level and Shadow will be with Espio in the next level. Buddy up with him, and Shadow can find himself with Vector if you go the neutral route for the next level. Also, the Discs have significance in the Last Story.



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: In the Iron Jungle and Lava Shelter levels, [[MadScientist Eggman]] Robots that look exactly like Shadow appear as enemies, and Shadow is uncertain if he is a robot too. If you stick around in the fight against Devil Doom long enough, however, Eggman will contact Shadow and [[spoiler:explain that he rescued Shadow with his robots and chucked him into a pod while he healed, and Eggman just let him think he was a 'bot to screw with his head.]] Most people who find out about this tend to treat it as canon, although this very important piece of information has a very good chance of not being heard in-game by many players.
** It ''does'' explain why, at the start of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', he was in a tank hidden deep underground, in the same place where Omega was abandoned, while the other Shadow 'bots seemed to come from huge cloning facilities with dozens of tanks side-by-side.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: In the Iron Jungle and Lava Shelter levels, [[MadScientist Eggman]] Robots that look exactly like Shadow appear as enemies, and Shadow is uncertain if he is a robot too. If you stick around in the fight against Devil Doom long enough, however, Eggman will contact Shadow and [[spoiler:explain that he rescued Shadow with his robots and chucked him into a pod while he healed, and Eggman just let him think he was a 'bot to screw with his head.]] Most people who find out about this tend to treat it as canon, although this very important piece of information has a very good chance of not being heard in-game by many players.
** It ''does'' explain why, at the start of ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', he was in a tank hidden deep underground, in the same place where Omega was abandoned, while the other Shadow 'bots seemed to come from huge cloning facilities with dozens of tanks side-by-side.
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** Although very few people will come across it, if you do all dark missions before Cryptic Castle (where Amy is the hero character) and then do all hero missions after that, the pathway is titled "Miracle of Love", because [[LoveRedeems Amy made Shadow a hero]].

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** Although very few people will come across it, if If you do all dark missions before Cryptic Castle (where Amy is the hero character) and then do all hero missions after that, the pathway is titled "Miracle of Love", because [[LoveRedeems Amy made Shadow a hero]].



*** In fact, you can attack almost ANY mission character assisting you if that's what you enjoy.
4th Jan '17 9:39:59 AM Tailikku
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* PreAssKickingOneLiner:
--> '''Shadow:''' Death to all who oppose me!
2nd Jan '17 3:31:38 AM Silverblade2
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* BigBoosHaunt: Cryptic Castle.



* BleakLevel: Black Comet and Final Haunt.



* CircusOfFear: Circus Park.



* {{Cyberspace}}: Digital Circuit and Mad Matrix.



* DeathMountain: Glyphic Canyon.



* GraffitiTown: Westopolis, Lethal Highway, and Central City.



* JungleJapes: Prison Island, Death Ruins, and Iron Jungle.



* LethalLavaLand: Lava Shelter.



* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Hedgehog Robots]]: In the Iron Jungle and Lava Shelter levels, [[MadScientist Eggman]] Robots that look exactly like Shadow appear as enemies, and Shadow is uncertain if he is a robot too. If you stick around in the fight against Devil Doom long enough, however, Eggman will contact Shadow and [[spoiler:explain that he rescued Shadow with his robots and chucked him into a pod while he healed, and Eggman just let him think he was a 'bot to screw with his head.]] Most people who find out about this tend to treat it as canon, although this very important piece of information has a very good chance of not being heard in-game by many players.

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* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ridiculously Hedgehog Robots]]: RemilitarizedZone: Sky Troops, Air Fleet, and GUN Fortress.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots:
In the Iron Jungle and Lava Shelter levels, [[MadScientist Eggman]] Robots that look exactly like Shadow appear as enemies, and Shadow is uncertain if he is a robot too. If you stick around in the fight against Devil Doom long enough, however, Eggman will contact Shadow and [[spoiler:explain that he rescued Shadow with his robots and chucked him into a pod while he healed, and Eggman just let him think he was a 'bot to screw with his head.]] Most people who find out about this tend to treat it as canon, although this very important piece of information has a very good chance of not being heard in-game by many players.



* SpaceZone: The Doom, The ARK, Space Gadget, Lost Impact, and Cosmic Fall.



* VideoGameSettings:
** AmusementPark [=/=] CircusOfFear: Circus Park.
** BigBoosHaunt: Cryptic Castle.
** BleakLevel: Black Comet and Final Haunt.
** {{Cyberspace}}: Digital Circuit and Mad Matrix.
** DeathMountain: Glyphic Canyon.
** EternalEngine [=/=] LethalLavaLand: Lava Shelter.
** GraffitiTown: Westopolis, Lethal Highway, and Central City.
** JungleJapes: Prison Island, Death Ruins, and Iron Jungle.
** RemilitarizedZone: Sky Troops, Air Fleet, and GUN Fortress.
** SpaceZone: The Doom, The ARK, Space Gadget, Lost Impact, and Cosmic Fall.



* [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Strongest Hedgehog]]: After defeating Sonic and Diablon in the Pure Hero - Dark Ending, Shadow proclaims himself as one due to the energy of the 7 Chaos Emeralds.

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* [[WorldsStrongestMan World's Strongest Hedgehog]]: WorldsStrongestMan: After defeating Sonic and Diablon in the Pure Hero - Dark Ending, Shadow proclaims himself as one due to the energy of the 7 Chaos Emeralds.
25th Nov '16 2:22:59 AM Tightwire
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** Not only that, but you'll also need to get an A-rank on EVERY single mission (dark, neutral and hero) of EVERY stage. Once you do that, you unlock "Expert Mode", which is a trial run of ''all the game's stages in a row'', this time designed to be ''more difficult than before''. Thankfully though, most of them just involve getting to the end, and none of the time limits are still in place. Regardless, if you weren't sick of seeing the same levels over and over again before, you certainly will be once Expert Mode is finished.
** And if you ''really'' want to go all the way, you need to find all 5 keys to unlock the secret doors in every level.

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** Not It's only that, but a mercy that while you're pushing through the game 326 times you'll also need to get probably be getting an A-rank on EVERY single A-Rank for every mission (dark, neutral and hero) of EVERY stage. Once you do that, all the hidden keys. Only once this is done will you unlock "Expert Mode", which 'Expert Mode'. This is a trial run of ''all all the game's stages in a row'', this time designed to be ''more row, even more difficult than before''. Thankfully though, most of them just involve getting to the end, and none of the time limits are still in place. Regardless, if you weren't sick of seeing the same levels over and over again before, you certainly will be once Expert Mode is finished.
** And if you ''really'' want to go all the way, you need to find all 5 keys to unlock the secret doors in every level.
before (although you're probably ready for it by now).



** Shadow also counts. He is inexplicably ruthless in his pursuit to find the Chaos Emeralds to regain his memories, apathetic to what's going on in the world as seen in the beginning cutscene, and he has somehow regained his distaste for humanity. This may be justified due to the game's sole intention of portraying his character as "[[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]]".



* KarmaMeter: Doing more "evil" or "good" actions will fill the respective gauge, which, at max, will allow Shadow to use [[LimitBreak Chaos Blast or Chaos Control]] respectively. Ironically, Chaos Control's main use is to accelerate you towards the goal of the ''neutral'' path.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Samurai Blade, the unlockable melee weapon, is stronger than any other. In addition, its upgraded form [[RazorWind fires a shockwave that does just as much damage as a slash]] and doesn't use up one of its uses.

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* KarmaMeter: Doing more "evil" or "good" actions will fill the respective gauge, which, at max, will allow Shadow to use [[LimitBreak Chaos Blast or Chaos Control]] respectively. Ironically, Chaos Control's main use is to accelerate you towards the goal of the ''neutral'' path.
path, except in the boss levels where it freezes time.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The Samurai Blade, the unlockable melee weapon, is stronger than any other.other melee. In addition, its upgraded form [[RazorWind fires a shockwave that does just as much damage as a slash]] and doesn't use up one of its uses.
19th Nov '16 4:29:43 PM N8han11
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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: The GUN soldiers will try to kill Shadow in every stage except for Metropolis, since the Commander hasn't learnt Shadow is alive at that point and thus hasn't given out the order yet.
22nd Oct '16 2:38:09 PM RabidBadger1632
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While the typical controls of the 3D entries in the Sonic series apply to some extent, it is playable as a third-person shooter, a different direction for the franchise. Its DarkerAndEdgier tone, Shadow's constant {{Wangst}}ing, and frequent [[ContemplateOurNavels navel-gazing]] turned many fans of the franchise away, and the game was disliked by most critics due to its poor controls and camera. It is, however, defended for its branching-path style, relatively bug-free gameplay, and decent music and visuals. On another note, this game marks the debut of the [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] cast from ''SonicX'' into the video games. Ironically, they started off doing the Sonic game that's the ''least'' kid-friendly.

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While the typical controls of the 3D entries in the Sonic series apply to some extent, it is playable as a third-person shooter, a different direction for the franchise. Its DarkerAndEdgier tone, Shadow's constant {{Wangst}}ing, and frequent [[ContemplateOurNavels navel-gazing]] turned many fans of the franchise away, and the game was disliked by most some critics due to its poor controls and camera. It is, however, defended for its branching-path style, relatively bug-free gameplay, and decent music and visuals. On another note, this game marks the debut of the [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] cast from ''SonicX'' into the video games. Ironically, they started off doing the Sonic game that's the ''least'' kid-friendly.
30th Sep '16 5:12:43 AM SharpX
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* It'sAllMyFault: Shadow feels this way after getting accused for the deaths of the ARK.

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* It'sAllMyFault: ItsAllMyFault: Shadow feels this way in the Slightly Hero ending after getting G.U.N falsely accused him for the deaths of the ARK.
16th Sep '16 11:32:51 AM SharpX
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* DaddyIssues: Shadow has these with Black Doom.


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* TragicHero: Throughout the game, Shadow has difficulties deciding which path to choose. He is unsure on whether to destroy the humans as revenge for murdering Maria, or if to keep his promise to her by protecting them.
16th Sep '16 11:24:43 AM SharpX
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* TheComicallySerious: Some of Shadow's quotes throughout the games are pretty funny.
--> ''Where's that damn fourth chaos emerald?!''
--> ''It's like taking candy from a baby, which is fine by me.''
16th Sep '16 11:19:17 AM SharpX
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* BadassBiker: Shadow rides a motorcycle in some of the cutscenes and the player can choose to make him ride one during the game.



* TheComicallySerious: Some of Shadow's quotes throughout the games are pretty funny.
--> ''Where's that damn fourth chaos emerald?!''
--> ''It's like taking candy from a baby, which is fine by me.''



* It'sAllMyFault: Shadow feels this way after getting accused for the deaths of the ARK.
--> "I'm Shadow the Hedgehog. An experiment gone deadly wrong! I've caused so much destruction... I should never have been created..."



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Depending on your actions, Shadow can be this.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Depending on your actions, Shadow. He obviously views humans as terrible after he learns about his past, tries his best to do what's right despite how ruthless he can be at times and has come to show remorse for his actions several times. Most notably in the Neutral-Hero ending where Shadow can be this.gets accused for the deaths of the ark, and goes as far as saying that he wished he was never born in the first place.
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