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    Shadow the Hedgehog

    Game » consists of 7 releases. Released Nov 15, 2005

    A darker, grittier, and edgier spin-off of the Sonic the Hedgehog series starring the mysterious amnesiac antihero Shadow the Hedgehog. It is one of the series's more controversial games due to it's edgier themes (including use of slight amount of profanity and gunplay).

    Why does Shadow have a gun?

    This is a legitimate question that has been bothering me for years. Why DID Shadow the Hedgehog receive a gun in Shadow the Hedgehog. At first I thought that "Well they're probably aiming for a darker and edger audience" but then I came to the realization that that's really fucking dumb so what's the REAL answer to this mystery.

    You had it right the first time. They wanted Shadow the Hedgehog to be a dark, edgy game.

    Well, as dark and edgy as a game featuring Sonic the Hedgehog characters can be.

    I'm pretty sure... Shadow the Hedgehog was just really fucking dumb.

    Because he has attitude?

    @Joeyoe31 said:

    At first I thought that "Well they're probably aiming for a darker and edger audience" but then I came to the realization that that's really fucking dumb so what's the REAL answer to this mystery.

    That Sega is really fucking dumb?

    @TooWalrus said:

    I'm pretty sure... Shadow the Hedgehog was just really fucking dumb.

    No, no.

    Shadow the Hedgehog was really, really,really, really

    REALLY FUCKING DUMB.

    At the time, games were starting to lean toward the "darkier and edgier" thing and Sega or Sonic Team or whoever the hell made it thought it would be a good idea to try and capitalize on that, which is a laughable notion to an insane degree. So out came Shadow the Hedgehog, a game about an anti-hero, dark and mysterious... hedgehog. Who tries to fight off a weird alien invasion with a gun, heavy metal, and saying tame curse words over and over again.

    EDIT: You know what I just realized? Some of the plot points in Sonic Adventure 2, a far better game in every respect, come across as darker than anything in Shadow. That girl's death, for instance, I remember that being more impactful than anything in Shadow.

    So dark

    So edgy

    So Shadow

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    @believer258 said:

    @TooWalrus said:

    I'm pretty sure... Shadow the Hedgehog was just really fucking dumb.

    No, no.

    Shadow the Hedgehog was really, really,really, really

    REALLY FUCKING DUMB.

    At the time, games were starting to lean toward the "darkier and edgier" thing and Sega or Sonic Team or whoever the hell made it thought it would be a good idea to try and capitalize on that, which is a laughable notion to an insane degree. So out came Shadow the Hedgehog, a game about an anti-hero, dark and mysterious... hedgehog. Who tries to fight off a weird alien invasion with a gun, heavy metal, and saying tame curse words over and over again.

    Does he ever say, "FUCKIN RADICAL!"? Because, in my mind, he does that. A lot.

    Because he's X-TREME!

    Having played and beaten Shadow the Hedgehog with the true ending (I was like 12 and should've known better regardless but hey it was just a rental) I can confirm that the answer is: "Because the game is really fucking stupid". No. That's it. That's all there is to it.

    People are blowing out of proportion how dumb Shadow is. 1) They use the same swear words in Jak games too. 2) Shadow doesn't even swear that much, only one in or two scenes and when you lose. 3) Many of the guns used in the game are things like rockets, lasers, and alien weaponry, things no different from Ratchet and, again, Jak. 4) Both Ratchet and Jak are tried to pass off as edgy and having "attitude" yet apparently it's not ok when Shadow does this. Clearly a double standard.

    @egg: wasn't that only Jax 2 (I'm certain that the first game didn't suffer from this)? That game was around the same stupid era that Shadow the Hedgehog came out of.

    Ratchet and Clank was pretty consistent in the ps2 generation. Not that it wasn't without its immaturity, but it was like that from the get go. It certainly wasn't stupid dark.

    @urban_ryoga said:

    @egg: wasn't that only Jax 2 (I'm certain that the first game didn't suffer from this)? That game was around the same stupid era that Shadow the Hedgehog came out of.

    yeah I was mainly referring to Jak 2

    Honestly I think Shadow is cooler looking than Sonic.

    Because Shadow is STREET, dawg!

    Because he is "urban" and has "street cred".

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    Capcom motherfuckers probably would have named him Batman the Hedgehog were it not for copyrights and such.

    @egg said:

    People are blowing out of proportion how dumb Shadow is. 1) They use the same swear words in Jak games too. 2) Shadow doesn't even swear that much, only one in or two scenes and when you lose. 3) Many of the guns used in the game are things like rockets, lasers, and alien weaponry, things no different from Ratchet and, again, Jak. 4) Both Ratchet and Jak are tried to pass off as edgy and having "attitude" yet apparently it's not ok when Shadow does this. Clearly a double standard.

    But the Rachet and Clank series and Jak series, 2 specifically, we're good games consistently across the board.

    Because he's a black hedgehog and Japanese developers are racist sometimes

    @egg said:

    People are blowing out of proportion how dumb Shadow is. 1) They use the same swear words in Jak games too. 2) Shadow doesn't even swear that much, only one in or two scenes and when you lose. 3) Many of the guns used in the game are things like rockets, lasers, and alien weaponry, things no different from Ratchet and, again, Jak. 4) Both Ratchet and Jak are tried to pass off as edgy and having "attitude" yet apparently it's not ok when Shadow does this. Clearly a double standard.

    To be fair, the attitude that they inserted into the Jak & Daxter series in Jak II felt painfully forced, so it's not like comparing Shadow to Jak lets either off of the hook.

    Blast processing...?

    @Joeyoe31 said:

    @egg said:

    People are blowing out of proportion how dumb Shadow is. 1) They use the same swear words in Jak games too. 2) Shadow doesn't even swear that much, only one in or two scenes and when you lose. 3) Many of the guns used in the game are things like rockets, lasers, and alien weaponry, things no different from Ratchet and, again, Jak. 4) Both Ratchet and Jak are tried to pass off as edgy and having "attitude" yet apparently it's not ok when Shadow does this. Clearly a double standard.

    But the Rachet and Clank series and Jak series, 2 specifically, we're good games consistently across the board.

    Whether the game is good is irrelevant. I mentioned things like, how often Shadow swears, and the fact that despite his swearing the game is E10. (so it depends on whether you consider it swearing) Because both those things relate to what is being discussed, whereas whether the game is good does not. That said, you're still wrong, Jak 2 is terrible.

    @egg said:

    @Joeyoe31 said:

    @egg said:

    People are blowing out of proportion how dumb Shadow is. 1) They use the same swear words in Jak games too. 2) Shadow doesn't even swear that much, only one in or two scenes and when you lose. 3) Many of the guns used in the game are things like rockets, lasers, and alien weaponry, things no different from Ratchet and, again, Jak. 4) Both Ratchet and Jak are tried to pass off as edgy and having "attitude" yet apparently it's not ok when Shadow does this. Clearly a double standard.

    But the Rachet and Clank series and Jak series, 2 specifically, we're good games consistently across the board.

    Whether the game is good is irrelevant. I mentioned things like, how often Shadow swears, and the fact that despite his swearing the game is E10. (so it depends on whether you consider it swearing) That said, you're still wrong, Jak 2 is terrible.

    Well than technically your entire post is irrelevant because the question was "Why does Shadow have a gun?" Also opinions.

    Why does Batman have machineguns on the front of the Batmobile in Batman V Superman?

    INSECURITY. People were afraid their black and red hedgehog created by The Government to be the Ultimate Lifeform wouldn't read as "cool" without a .45

    Because that was the style at the time.

    Mao Zedong said that power comes from the barrel of a gun. Shadow is a fucking comrade, that's why.

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