I never played SA2 as a kid since at the time I didn't have a system I could play it on. So I didn't actually play it until I got a PS3 in 2013, I think. But even then I found the game to be great fun. I really enjoyed the high speed and platforming of the Sonic/Shadow stages and the mech stages were cool as well. I found the treasure hunting stages to be annoying at first but they quickly stopped bothering me once I said screw it and decided to use the monitors all the time. I also quite enjoyed the story. There's a lot of talk of what Sonic should be and if you ask ten different people, they will most likely give you a different answer. That said, to me personally, this is what a perfect Sonic story looks like. I love this stuff, I am not kidding when I say this and Devil May Cry 3 are my two favorite video game scripts, even with the less than favorable translation. I specifically like the part when Eggman traps Sonic with the fake Emerald. Assuming you play through the entire Hero story first and then go into the Dark story, at first that part is a big "oh crap" moment when Tails asks how'd know Eggman it's fake. But then in the Dark story it's revealed Eggman knew about the fake all along and just wanted to screw with Tails. I like that because it makes Eggman seem like a more nuanced character than what he's often portrayed as. I do think that the Vegeta comparison is kind of basic. Well, I think that trying to assign any of the characters' Dragonball roles is only surface-level thinking, but with Shadow and Vegeta specifically, I think the comparison is mostly wrong. Vegeta isn't even a "darker" version of Gokū. They're opposites of each other, yes, but when you think about it, they don't actually have that much in common. Not as much as Sonic and Shadow, at least. There are probably other shonen rivals that would serve as a better point of comparison. Yes, very much. As the Dragonball series and brand progressed past the original manga, Vegeta became a deuteragonist. Shadow did so too, in a way, but unlike Vegeta, he doesn't hold that title anymore. He's not there with Sonic for every story told. Hell, also unlike Vegeta, Shadow doesn't really show up standing alongside the protagonist in promo art etc. nowadays.