Shadow the Hedgehog (video game)

2005 video game

Shadow the Hedgehog is a 2005 video game. It is a 3D platform game. The game is a spin-off to the Sonic the Hedgehog games. It was released for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game was developed by Sonic Team.

Shadow the Hedgehog
Developer(s)Sega Studios USA
Director(s)Takashi Iizuka
Producer(s)Yuji Naka
Designer(s)Takashi Iizuka
Programmer(s)Takeshi Sakakibara
Artist(s)Kazuyuki Hoshino
Writer(s)Takashi Iizuka
Composer(s)Jun Senoue
Yutaka Minobe
Tomoya Ohtani
Mariko Nanba
SeriesSonic the Hedgehog
Platform(s)GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
November 14, 2005[3]
    • NA: November 14, 2005 [1]
    • PAL: November 18, 2005
    • JP: December 15, 2005 [2]
Genre(s)Platformer, action-adventure, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer, co-op



Players play the game as Shadow the Hedgehog. The actions of the player choose the overall story of the gam. If he does more good actions, he can cause Chaos Control. If he does more evil actions, he can cause Chaos Blast. Shadow can drive in vehicles and use guns he can get from enemies such as the Black Arms and G.U.N.

Shadow the Hedgehog was sent by the leader of the Black Arms, Black Doom to find the 7 Chaos Emeralds. Black Doom wants Shadow to give the emeralds to him. Shadow has forgotten everything about himself. He decides to get the Chaos Emeralds so that he will remember who he is. The game has ten endings. In each ending, Shadow has collected the Chaos Emeralds and learns who he is. Once the ten endings are over, a secret ending can be unlocked. Shadow refuses to give the Chaos Emeralds to Black Doom. He learns that Black Doom is his father. Black Doom spreads nerve gas towards Shadow's friends and becomes Devil Doom. Shadow becomes Super Shadow and must defeat Devil Doom.



The game was not well liked by critics. Many did not like the game because of the profanity, gun violence, and straying from the more lighthearted tone of past entries. However, some praise was given to the gunplay mechanic.

The PlayStation 2 version would be rereleased on the PlayStation 3 storefront under the PS2 Classics catalog, but only in Japan.


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