A generic rage
So, earlier today I was reading the text description of the just announced Shadow the Hedgehog game. And though the concept of a game starring Sonic's most fearsome pallette swap made me a little weary -- especially one that takes place in the "darker side of Sonic's universe" and features "Shadow packing some heat" -- I tried to keep an open mind. I mean, how bad could it be?
Then I saw the trailer.
So yeah, pretty bad. Comically bad.
Now, these kind of changes are never going to please everyone. For example, some hated the shift from the wacky, all-ages platformer Jak and Daxter to the darker, more mature, more weapons-oriented Jak II. But even if you thought it was a move in the wrong direction, at least it was done competently. The style and tone and art direction and character design were all altered from the original Jak and Daxter to fit the more "mature" motif.
But this Shadow game is another story. It looks like they took Sonic Heroes -- which itself is the kiddiest-looking Sonic game ever -- and shoved in some guns. They aren't even cartoony or science-fictiony guns: they're oversized replicas of actual weapons. That's right, this time around, that wacky Shadow is packing a bloody uzi.
I'm not offended, I'm just astounded. My brain does not even know how to interpret this information. This isn't a mature Jak II-styled evolution, or even an X-TREME Loonatics-esque update. It's Mickey Mouse with firearms.