Shadow The Hedgehog is my favorite Sonic game, period.
Now put down the pitchforks and let me tell you why.
First off, I actually didn't care too much about the story so I'm not factoring that in. Now I've heard all the complaints "he swears" "he uses guns" "Camera is stupid" "They just wanted a dark and edgy sonic game" and all I can say is..so? Ok yeah he swears and uses guns and yes, it's an attempt to cash in on darker and edgier. never had a camera problem at all so no comments there.
But now that you all are done bitching about that. time to, you know, actually play the game?
Let's see what we have, less hand-holding than any of the sonic games that came after, less stupidly linear levels, no shitty controls... multiplayer[ story mode's multiplayer is more of an Easter egg, yeah]but while it didn't have variety, it worked and was good for just screwing around or a few frantically fun matches.
You ever play Sonic and the Secret Rings? It sucks. Werehog is better, but that's a bit like saying eating dirt is better than eating shit.
People complain of them being poor quality, cheap and easy. While Shadow has it's moments[looking at you, Ark levels and the fact that you're a goddamn jungle-gym and a maze.] Guess what else it has?
Very little of the flaws of it's successors.
Yes it isn't the perfect game fans wanted, yes it has a cheap cash in as a selling point, but damn if it isn't a fun game.