Find out why Shadow the Hedgehog is underappreciated, and overly criticized.
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Part 2: Why Shadow the Hedgehog is Underappreciated
Part 3: What They Complain About
Part 4: My Opinion on Shadow the Hedgehog
Upon playing a wonderful game, Shadow the Hedgehog, on my trusty GameCube, I began to wonder how people could hate this game so much (I looked it up on some ungrateful message boards prior to playing), considering all of its good points. The people that I came across on the message boards I call critics. What exactly do they do, though? Most critics tend to, well, criticize. They usually look at the negative side of things, with lack of or failure to point out anything good about it. Basically, critics are whiners that try to get what THEY want through writing biased reviews. But, even if their problems were to be fixed, critics would always find something new to complain about. Some critics even rely on sources of other critics to whine without having the fear of being blamed for what they wrote, because they could rely on the fact that someone might find out that it was someone else's opinion, not theirs.
That's my definition of a critic. Moving on...
WHY SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG IS UNDERAPPRECIATED
As most of you hopefully know, Shadow is a third-person based shooter and action/adventure game for all three platforms. It's generally a spin-off to the series, the start of something new. However, many fans of Sonic, or anything for that matter, always seem to HATE change. "The agony! Having to practice something new for a full 30 seconds! The pain!" Let me tell you something. Video games, and all forms of technology, have to evolve. Sega can't get anywhere if they keep using the same type of formula for Sonic games, which is why they released Heroes and Shadow. The main reason that fans might think this game is a failure may be because they're used to the old 2D Sonic games. I'm sorry, but things change. We can't stay in diapers forever, we probably won't always live in the same house all our lives, and maybe even a loved one will pass now and then. There's nothing we can do about it, and there's no point in trying. By then, we've moved on, and we've learned to appreciate what we have. In the world of video games, this has definitely been lacking in fans as of late. Many fans may not take the time to fully play a game before criticizing it. They may just say, "Oh, this sucks," and start writing biased reviews of why they think it sucks without stating any good points.
That pretty much wraps it up for this section.
WHAT THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT
I'm not going to go into any detail on any official reviews, such as IGN or GameSpot. I'm going to try and keep this as general as possible. All i'm going to do in this section is list a series of what many reviewers have complained about in this game.
Disgrace to the series - Wrong. I think that as long as storyline and gameplay generally fit in well, this game is just as fitting as any other in the series.
Bad camera system - This is a common issue in Sonic games, but it's actually improved now.
Has guns - Your point? Big deal. If you don't want the guns, don't use them. Just don't go comparing this game to GTA, because that's just pure stupidity.
Graphics - I'd need further detail on what you think is wrong, and there's been lack of detail on this issue lately.
Multiplayer - This is a Shadow game, not a Sonic game, so don't expect to play as every character. As far as I know, there are more unlockable characters for this mode.
MY OPINION ON SHADOW THE HEDGEHOG
Ok, I'm going to describe what I think of this game, and go into detail on each rated category.
Gameplay - Wonderful. I personally like the guns feature, it adds more to Shadow's character.
Graphics - Superb.
Sound - Great music and voice acting.
Value - The replay value is outstanding. Over 320 paths to take.
Reviewer's Tilt - No comment.