Shadow the Hedgehog is a video game starring Shadow the Hedgehog, a character from Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was first revealed in 2005 at the Walk of Game inauguration of Sonic the Hedgehog, another character from the series. It is the third game developed by Sega Studio USA, and was the last Sonic game developed in the United States after Sega Studio USA members were moved back into the Japan division in early 2008. The game is a 3D platformer, following the trend of previous Sonic games. Each level has three possible missions—"Hero", "Dark", or "Neutral"—that may be completed by the player. Which missions are completed ultimately determine the direction of the game's plot progression, a feature referenced by the game's tagline, "Hero or villain? You decide". To defeat the enemies found in the game, Shadow can use various weapons as well as special attacks. The plot of the game involves Shadow, a creation of Doctor Eggman's grandfather Gerald Robotnik, attempting to learn about his past after suffering from amnesia, while completing missions that affect the storyline. Shadow the Hedgehog was released for multiple platforms in the United States on November 15, 2005, in Europe on November 18, and in Japan on December 15. The game received mostly negative reviews from critics upon its release, with most complaints stemming from the use of Shadow's weapons. Some of the violence and profanity in the game was censored, but some remained, which was part of the reason for the game's E10+ rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

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