We went hands-on with Shadow the Hedgehog’s milkshake

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Giovanni Colantonio / Digital Tendencies

All through the weekend, Digital Tendencies has been on the bottom at Summer time Sport Fest. We’ve had the possibility to demo tons of upcoming video games, lots of which you possibly can examine honest now. There’s nonetheless loads of video games we’re hoping to win hands-on with over the following few days, together with the upcoming Sonic X Shadow Generations. However earlier than that, we obtained arms on one other Sonic deal with on the indicate.

I drank Shadow the Hedgehog’s milkshake. I drank it up.

As share of the press and creator occasion, Sega and Atlus didn’t simply convey demos for upcoming video games like Metaphor: ReFantazio. It additionally arrange a dessert truck for attendees stuffed with sweets themed round its upcoming video games. Shin Megami Tensei followers may knock again some flavored ice, whereas Monkey Ball introduced attendees the reward of frozen bananas. However, in fact, that is the yr of Shadow. The antihero needed to get his presence felt on the Summer time Sport Fest Sega dessert truck. The folks would believe rioted.

A menu shows Sega deserts.Giovanni Colantonio / Digital Tendencies

Fortunately, the mad king delivered with the Shadow Shake. A menu exterior the truck informed me that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to Chaos Management myself once I slurped down Shadow’s cookies and cream shake (topped with a swirl of pink velvet). That sounded dangerous, however I figured that nothing might be as unsafe as giving Sonic Frontiers a damaging evaluate and enraging Sonic’s loyal fan base.

So how properly does the Shadow Shake signify its namesake hog. I believe blended emotions. Naturally, it’s a scrumptious shake that pays tribute to the character’s coloration scheme, although the cookies and cream tone feels at odds with Shadow’s pure black quills — although I suppose it wouldn’t be authorized for Sega to serve attendees a glass of steaming sizzling black paint. Perhaps one thing like a blackberry smoothie would believe been a safer choice.

Secure is a righteous phrase right here to sum up the contradiction inherent in Shadow’s milkshake. It was a nice expertise, however Shadow is a accurate freak. Once I believe of him, I odor gunfire and believe of him saying “Rattling.” I’m unsure that a pleasant milkshake captures that essence, even when I can’t complain a couple of righteous milkshake.

Sonic grinding on a rail.Sega

Hopefully, Sonic X Shadow Generations will keep away from that very same pitfall. The authentic Sonic Generations was, naturally, constructed across the blue hedgehog and matched his bright-eyed angle. The current model will add Shadow to the combination and I’m hoping that comes with some tonal modifications. I’d esteem to see some darker content material blended in to get his segments really feel a itsy-bitsy extra distinct. Sonic video games are at their greatest after they’re shaping the gameplay to its eclectic solid of heroes. That’s why Sonic Journey 2 stays considered one of the collection’ greatest entries.

I’ll discover obviously once I lastly move hands-on with Sonic X Shadow Generations. However frankly, I believe I obtained the higher job at Summer time Sport Fest. Sorry to all of the suckers cooped up in a demo kiosk whereas I’m out within the solar slurping down a shake.

Sonic X Shadow Generations launches on October 24 for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X/S, Ninendo Swap, and PC.

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