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- Sonic: He runs fast! He jumps! He homing attacks! He does the Lightspeed Dash! Sonic basically plays like he does in most 3D Sonic games up to this point. He can also gain upgrades that give him various special abilities, which are made more useful due to a glitch that I won't bring up again until it's relevant. Sonic's story basically has him rescuing the princess multiple times. Seriously.
- Shadow: Shadow's a bit slower than Sonic, but he can still run at a decent speed. His abilities are similar to Sonic's, but he has more of a focus on combat. Shadow's homing attack leads into a string of melee attacks, and he can also fire Chaos Spears that stun enemies. The main selling point for his gameplay is that he can drive various vehicles. Shadow spends his story actually fighting the real villain of the game.
- Silver: Silver's the new kid on the block. He moves slowly compared to Sonic and Shadow, but then again he isn't really about speed. Silver's gameplay instead focuses on his telekinesis, a power added to demonstrate that the game has a (poorly implemented) physics engine. Silver can pick up various objects and throw them at his enemies to damage them (he can also pick up stunned enemies for an instant kill). He also has the ability to fly briefly, and he can focus his telekinesis at certain points in each level. Silver's story pits him against Sonic due to his extreme gullibility, though of course he realizes that he's been an idiot later on.
You are a braver soul than I.
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