History VideoGame / ShadowTheHedgehog

24th Jun '16 8:48:39 PM nombretomado
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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 [[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 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 [[FourKidsEntertainment [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] cast from ''SonicX'' into the video games. Ironically, they started off doing the Sonic game that's the ''least'' kid-friendly.
2nd Jun '16 2:57:33 PM rjd1922
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** The president of the United Federations looks a heck of a lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant Kent Mansley]].
** Sonic says "I guess that means...welcome to the next level" during a cutscene. Welcome To The Next Level was one of Sega's slogans during the 16-bit days.
** The Egg Vacuum weapon is based on [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherandtheGiantEgg Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg,]] since it's an egg from the game with a chicken's head.

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** The president of the United Federations Federation looks a heck of a lot like [[WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant Kent Mansley]].
** Sonic says "I guess that means...welcome to the next level" during a cutscene. Welcome To The "Welcome to the Next Level Level" was one of Sega's slogans during the 16-bit days.
** The Egg Vacuum weapon is based on [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherandtheGiantEgg Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg,]] ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'', since it's an egg from the game with a chicken's head.head.
** In the dark path, [[spoiler:the Black Arms use the Eclipse Cannon to destroy the ''Sonic'' universe's equivalent of the White House, similar to the famous scene from ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
23rd May '16 8:19:01 PM LordSpy
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: So OK, it's pretty established there is some minor swearing throughout the game, but that's not too out of line with an E10+ rating. The ''lyrics'' of the credits song in the Dark paths contain excerpts such as "No more gods, no more graves" and "Heaven can't save us, hell is a joke", themes not touched elsewhere in the game.
15th May '16 6:14:39 PM WillKeaton
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** The Egg Vacuum weapon is based on [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherandtheGiantEgg]] (since it's an egg from the game with a chicken's head)

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** The Egg Vacuum weapon is based on [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherandtheGiantEgg]] (since [[VideoGame/BillyHatcherandtheGiantEgg Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg,]] since it's an egg from the game with a chicken's head)head.
12th May '16 9:03:05 AM spiritsunami
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* RecurringBoss: Black Bull, faced after the Hero Stage 2 and True Hero Stage 4. Egg Breaker, faced after the Dark Stage 3, Neutral/Hero Stage 4, and True Neutral Stage 5. (Note that it's impossible to get to the first two appearances in a single playthrough, but possible to get either of them and the third). To a lesser extent, Heavy Dog (faced after Neutral-Dark Stage 4) and Blue Falcon (faced after True Dark Stage 5) are essentially the same boss, as well, only time-shifted 50 years because Neutral-Dark Stage 4 is a flashback level. You're probably more likely to see one of these bosses twice in a playthrough than to see all three of them in the same playthrough. [[note]]It is possible to see all three in the same playthrough by starting off with a Hero Mission, then doing two Dark missions and then another Hero Mission. This will take you to Hero Stage 2, Neutral-Dark Stage 4, and True Neutral Stage 5.[[/note]]
9th May '16 9:45:18 AM JamesAustin
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[BondJamesBond He's Shadow - Shadow the Hedgehog.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[[BondJamesBond [[caption-width-right:300:[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond He's Shadow - Shadow the Hedgehog.]]]]
8th May '16 1:44:45 AM Thomasfan
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** Rouge gets in on this too. If you do Dark Westoplis then Hero Digital Circuit, then do all the hero missions after that, that pathway is called "For Love's Sake". If you do the normal Prison Island mission after Dark Westoplis and Hero Digital Circuit then the rest of the Hero missions, it's called "ThePowerOfLove". Granted, there is one normal mission in this one, but Shadow doesn't go dark after Rouge's influence either.
1st May '16 9:35:39 PM Etheru
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* UnexpectedCharacter: Downplayed. While Maria's presence in the game is to be expected due to her importance to Shadow's character and backstory, the fact she's a gameplay partner in two levels isn't. This also makes her among the few human playable characters in the entire series, since most partners can be controlled with a second controller.
12th Mar '16 3:27:04 PM rjd1922
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* BadassMustache: Dr. Eggman, as always.



* BatmanGambit: Black Doom's ''entire'' plan for collecting the 7 Chaos Emeralds. He takes advantage of Shadow's amnesia and desire to learn about his past, and claims to have knowledge about all that Shadow doesn't know about - he will only share this information if Shadow retrieves the Chaos Emeralds for him. The entire scheme revolves around Black Doom expecting Shadow to collect the Emeralds, under the assumption that the hedgehog couldn't possibly resist the chance to learn the truth. This can either go [[WhatAnIdiot really badly for Black Doom]], or work out perfectly. You decide.

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* BatmanGambit: Black Doom's ''entire'' plan for collecting the 7 Chaos Emeralds. He takes advantage of Shadow's amnesia and desire to learn about his past, and claims to have knowledge about all that Shadow doesn't know about - he will only share this information if Shadow retrieves the Chaos Emeralds for him. The entire scheme revolves around Black Doom expecting Shadow to collect the Emeralds, under the assumption that the hedgehog couldn't possibly resist the chance to learn the truth. This can either go [[WhatAnIdiot really badly for Black Doom]], Doom, or work out perfectly. You decide.
12th Mar '16 3:10:10 PM rjd1922
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* GameBreakingBug: In the [=GameCube=] version, one of the GUN Troopers in [[TheMaze The Doom]] will always fail to spawn the first time. It will spawn if you come back, but it is nonetheless frustrating because it can require you to {{backtrack|ing}} quite a bit when you miss it.



** The whole endgame is a case of this, with Doom being hoist by Shadow, who's meant to be his tool.

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** The whole endgame is a case of this, with Black Doom being hoist by Shadow, who's meant to be his tool.



* ItsUpToYou: Is Shadow a genocidal murderer, hell-bent on revenge, a steadfast hero who defeats the bad guys, or somewhere in between? Your choice.
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