@unnoun: And if I remember correctly, it was usually more a hinderance anyway since the homing attack in that game had such a poor distance ratio, and didn't even work on bosses where they could have at least had some valid use (seriously, Cream was allowed to use her super cheap Chao on them but not Sonic, which would have least required some strategy landing and positioning).
I personally think Shadow and Rouge were uses of archetypes the team didn't have a full understanding of and were trying to 'have their cake and eat it too'. They have vague leanings of a Jerk Sue
, a guy with extreme moral ambiguity but can suddenly change into a cherished hero whenever appropriate (Sonic X
where Shadow switches from a remorseless child beater/murderer to another benevolent team mate is probably the best example of this). It may have worked if they had kept them just for SA 2
, but now they try to give them a role in every main title, to often uneasy effect.
edited 17th Feb '13 10:26:11 AM by Psi001