Gaming Post 3: Shadow the Hedgehog

The random number generator has chosen another Sonic game. At least this one is pretty good.

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Shadow the Hedgehog was actually the first Sonic game I ever beat to completion by myself. I was familiar with Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 already, and Shadow was my favorite character in the Sonic series at the time. Shadow the Hedgehog is for GameCube, PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox.

I found out about this game one day when my friend Puck and I decided to walk under the power lines for several hours. We went from my house to the closest Wal-Mart which was several miles away. I remember in particular that I had a boombox that was playing adventure music inside of the backpack I had on. It also might have been Christmas Eve, though I’m not sure about that. What I do know is that it wasn’t snowing and I nearly got lost looking for a “shortcut” to Wal-Mart. At some point I realized I had no clue where I was going, turned back, and rushed to Wal-Mart the conventional way before my mom got too worried about me (I think my cell phone ran out of power). In any case, after I got to Wal-Mart, I noticed the game Shadow the Hedgehog for GameCube in their video game section, and I just had to have it. Not only was my favorite Hedgehog the main character, but he was also holding a gun. Such a ridiculous premise had to be good.

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Essentially, the story takes place after Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes, and it’s about Shadow trying to figure out who he is and where he came from. Each mission can either be completed by running through the level or meeting a good or evil objective within the level. The way you complete the level will determine which level you go to next. In that way, there are branched endings, which leads to the main problem with this game.

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In each ending, Shadow discovers the truth about who he is, but depending on which ending, that truth is different. The first time I played, I didn’t do any optional objectives, and Shadow ended up thinking that he’s a robot, which I don’t think is true. My favorite ending is the one I think makes the most sense, which I believe is the second from either the bottom or the top on the level map above (I completely forget, but it ends with the song Chosen One).

There is a final ending once all the endings have been achieved, but it doesn’t explain Shadow’s origin, so in a game about clarifying Shadow’s origin story, Sega just makes it more confusing.

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That said, the game is still fun.

It’s ridiculous. I love it.

Until next time, thanks for reading! =)

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