Shadow and seeing what he's about, I'm happy to say he's wonderful character to play, and takes more simple approach like The Werehog and Silver.
Chaos Snap is great you can use it get up in high places and push yourself forward to, it's a little slippery but I think that was point it's a con of the move that keeps it from being OP so you can't spam it without a little risk, so it promotes smart usage of it.
Homing attack is also mapped to the same button as Chaos snap and will activate when locked onto an enemy good thing about it is that shadow maintains some of his momentum off of his homing attack chains so it's not a pace breaker.
Shadow was a character I was waiting on for a bit, and I was always wondering how he would turn out, because if think about Shadow doesn't have many moves that compliment going fast, like Chaos Blast would be cool and all, but how useful would it be in this type of game?
Some people seem to be upset he doesn't have more moves, but like before a lot of his moves really don't lend much for this game, and the one's he does have are basically the things Modern Sonic has, and Shadow doesn't need to be Modern Sonic clone, the way Shadow was made gives him his own identity amongst the other addons.
But as any reading can tell I'm pretty satisfied with this incarnation of shadow in SRB2.
I tried this mod when it came out and continue to use it now (Shadow is my main). This is 100% the best character mod in SRB2 and that is saying a lot when you have such a talented community that creates such amazing things! Chaos Snap is a very fun ability that is very powerful in the right hands. It is super satisfying to teleport past obstacles and reach new areas using Chaos Snap. Shadow is easy to pick up and hard to master. Super Shadow is really rewarding and fun to use just like regular Shadow. Chaos Spear was a very nice addition.
The sprites for Shadow are beautiful and capture his character well. There are plenty of awesome references and easter eggs in this mod that are a joy to see. A ton of love and care went into this mod and you can really see it. This mod is official quality and fits right in with the cast of vanilla characters. This character not only looks badass but he also is a blast to play as. This mod reminds me why I am such a fan of Shadow. If you were only to download one SRB2 mod (Why would you only download one?) it should be this one.
Simplistic moveset that's easy for beginners to try, and great for masters to excel with. Chaos Snap being momentum based also makes it very incentivizing to use, considering it can even outspeed Sonic's thok in some instances. My only gripe (which might as well be a nitpick from how minor it is) is that downward Chaos Snap is done by holding spin, which makes it clunkier to do with any shield in tow. Homing Attack having a clear momentum difference from holding the button down also makes it very satisfying to use, and allows Shadow to plow through enemies a bit easier than he could in 2.1. Buffs to super (infinite chaos snaps/chaos spear that technically doubles as a super hover) makes collecting the emeralds VERY worth it.
The amount of visual polish is a treat for the eyes, as Shadow skates and snaps around zones more stylishly than ever before. Other smaller things (Homing Attack poses, being able to change skate fire color, etc.) also give it that extra nice touch. Some of the animations Shadow has are expertly referenced (i.e. his spring,falling, and skid being from Sonic Battle) and make the experience much more enjoyable on top of what makes it great already.
(Secrets within Shadow are also very neat, but I advise people to find out what they are for themselves.)
Overall, Shadow feels very cohesive and is a sheer blast to play any and every time.
Vanilla game completed with all 7 emeralds many times over. Play him. :)
Too bad it can't be reused, modified or ported. I had plans to include Shadow in my newest SRB2 project as it's so good. Anyway, it was a perfect work of yours and I wanna say congratulations for this.
Shadow is REALLY fun to play as! His momentum based Chaos Snap makes him much more slick and fast than his 2.1 counterpart! The Chaos Spear is also a great addition to the moveset! However, I have a SINGLE complaint keeping me back from considering this perfect. The momentum in the Chaos Snap is... VERY slippery. There is pretty much no way to directly fix this, but it would be nice if, for example, you could release the direction you're holding to cancel the momentum if you're trying to land on something with the Snap. Other than that, this mod ROCKS!
I LOVE Shadow! He is fast but still controllable thanks to chaos snap.
And when you get super Shadow its soooo worth it because you get infinite chaos snaps and a helpful chaos spear/lance. That's why I'm rating this 5 stars. :)
This is an amazing character, for which we should have waited 5(0) years! Perhaps, yes, I also don't like how the Shadow loses its speed when teleported, but I think this is a feature of the character and this is how it should be
Ina, I acknowledge the effort and dedication you have given to Shadow. Honestly, the character is definitely one of my favorites, besides, he has the perfect moveset to make it flowable, you are the best.
hell yeah, this is what you call an "Ultimate Life Form". shadow in srb2 is what i'd consider a new standard for mods; easy to pick up, hard to master, different movement options, a lot of cool secrets, and most importantly: extremely fucking fun.
chaos snap is a massive upgrade from its 2.1 iteration, no question. momentum preservation is what this move needed to really evolve, and the added touch of being invulnerable for the first few frames really gives it something (especially since you can actually form new paths in custom maps specifically for shadow through hurtwalls!).
homing attack though, it's not my personal cup of tea. not bad by any means, it feels great and the posing after a rebound can be awesome, but the fact that chaos snap's problem has already been solved does make this a bit of a pointless move in comparison. i would personally much rather chaos snap than homing attack.
the visuals also need to be commended, shadow's sprites are honestly some of the highest quality i've ever seen on the message board, and are, again, a huge upgrade from 2.1. it all feels extremely dynamic and radiates shadow the hedgehog (game) for better or for worse.
the secrets, while relatively tucked away, are both hilarious and a blast to use. especially the one you unlock after beating castle eggman's special stage, i expected it but it didn't surprise me any less!
overall? absolute recommendation, must play, whatever you want to call it.
I'e always liked the dumb "Evil Version Of Good Main Character" trope, thus i've always enjoyed Shadow to and extent, but never really LOVED him. But this mod, THIS mod made me realize why people like him so much. great art and animation, the posing he does when using chaos controll and the homing attack are great touches! Perfect mod!