Please don't kill me for writing this. Please?
I like the game Shadow the Hedgehog.
There. I said it. Please put away the chainsaws and listen to me first, mmmmkay?
It's terrible. The dialogue is poor, the FPS
element is jarring, the vehicle elements completely redundant, the voice acting is bad...how can I possibly like this game?
To me, this game is So Bad Its Good
- all these poor elements can do nothing to dampen the enjoyment the game brings. And it is genuinely enjoyable, too - mostly due to the fact that, at times, the negatives highlights the positives. The voice acting is bad, but you can still hear that they have the potential to develop in talent. Hell, by the time Jason Griffith passed the baton onto Roger Craig Smith, he'd become a fine voice actor in his own right. The dialogue is bad, but it ends up being laughably so, making the game a lot more comical than intended. That being said, it does mean that, when the game DOES have something sad happen, then it's impact is made all the stronger - watching Shadow unquestionably obeying an order to blow up the White House, or murdering Eggman with relish is genuinely unsettling and unexpected with a game like this. It's like an unintentional form of Mood Whiplash
, and it somehow works.
Some say that the plot is incomprehensible/stupid. I disagree. The plot actually does a great job of explaining all the stuff that went unexplained in the previous games - how Professor Gerald went from the Biolizard to Shadow, why he made the Eclipse Cannon, whether Shadow was the "original" Shadow or an android...it actually did a great job in tying up all the loose ends, both in terms of overreaching plot continuity AND in Shadow's character development. Even as far back as Sonic Adventure 2, you hear Shadow moaning to Maria about how he doesn't know why he exists, and this is the game that finally lets him know why
. Even better, now that these questions are out of the way, he can go back to being the hedgehog equivalent of The Goddamn Batman.
And despite how poorly it can play, and despite how EVIL some of the levels are, some of the levels are actually quite fun to play. Being perfectly honest, taking a machine gun to a group of aliens (who have already established to be Complete Monsters
) is quite fun. Also, the music is kickass.
Overall, I like this game for the small things. Please don't kill me.