• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Excellent graphics, simple controls, no tilt and just a really fun game, Super Stardust HD is the must have game for PSN.
  2. Visually, Super Stardust is stunning. It's easily the best-looking downloadable game for the PS3 and I'll go so far as to call it a killer-app, much like Geometry Wars for the 360.
  3. In every other respect, Super Stardust HD is an absolute star, the jewel in the crown of the PlayStation Store and quite possibly the best purists' shooter to appear on console since the legendary Geometry Wars.
  4. Its visuals, gameplay and intricacy make it the best downloadable shooter available since "Geometry Wars: Evolved" – end of story.
  5. 90
    So is Super Stardust HD better than "Geometry Wars"? That is something that will likely come down to personal preference. I happen to much prefer Super Stardust for its diversity of gameplay -- multiple weapons, multiple stages, multiple ways to build up score -- and its better graphical and aural presentation.
  6. Screw it, buy the thing as it’ll give you geometry wars beating action, and cheaper than a couple of beers. (At my local anyway).
  7. 90
    Super Stardust HD one-ups "Geometry Wars" on every front, and as such, should be a game that keeps players coming back for a long time. Seven months after the PS3's launch, it sounds silly to say that one of the best games for the system only costs eight dollars, but it might be true.
  8. Costing less than $10, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that most players will play this well over 10 times: it offers fast paced twin-stick shooter action that is hard to beat. SSHD sets the golden standard for future PSN games to strive for.
  9. Pelit (Finland)
    Pure adrenalin rush. Shoot ‘em ups don’t come much better than this. [Aug 2007]
  10. Hardcore Gamer
    A high-score run on Super Stardust HD is more a marathon than spirit, but it's still the best thing running on the PS3. [Oct 2007, p.66]
  11. SSHD is a great package - it's complete, timely, expertly produced and at just £4.99 it's absolutely essential for any shooter fan.
  12. Super Stardust HD takes an old genre and reinvents it in a way that gives us fond memories of past games along with delivering an intense and challenging game.
  13. 87
    Addictively satisfying mechanics, great visuals and tactical yet simplistic design. In truth, and I say this as a heavy duty "Geometry Wars" player myself, Super Stardust HD is not only just as good as Bizarre Creation's it's in many ways better.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Pretty little explosions and detailed alien foes make this a visual treat, and the frantic action is always absorbing. [July 2007, p.107]
  15. Graphically, as PSN games go, Super Stardust HD is superb, and it nicely combines the neon glow of Geometry Wars with the detailed retro pixel work of the first Stardust. The difficulty level is spot on, providing a challenge without causing a headache.
  16. A strong contender for one of our games of 2007. When you do finally get around to picking up a PlayStation 3, this should be your first online purchase.
  17. Edge Magazine
    In a growing field of downloadable shooters, it stands out as one of the best. [Aug 2007, p.94]
  18. Even though it’s just a remake, it’s one of the best ones available so far.
  19. PSM3 Magazine UK
    It can get a bit hard to see where you're going with so much happening, and progression doesn't feel as though it's entirely in your hands, but for enjoyment, sparkle and that 'one more go' factor, this is a hard one to turn down. [July 2007, p.85]
  20. Play UK
    A nice challenge and it certainly looks good in high definition, but it can become infuriatingly complicated during the later phases of each level. [Issue#155, p.88]
  21. If you have room in your heart for yet another Robotron clone, Super Stardust HD is a good addition to this well-worn genre.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 94
  2. Negative: 4 out of 94
  1. Jan 31, 2018
    Playable with a friend but it is personally not motivational enough for me to play solo.
  2. Mar 24, 2016
    High-score hounds might find this one worth a look. For all intents and purposes it's a good game that delivers some solid twin-stick shooterHigh-score hounds might find this one worth a look. For all intents and purposes it's a good game that delivers some solid twin-stick shooter fun. However, now in a time where the genre has been dominated by the likes of the newest Geometry Wars this feels kind of bare.

    To be honest it kind of feels like a version of Geometry Wars where all of the maps are the same shape (spherical). Blasting you way through the levels and racking up that high-score is pretty fun and will likely get it's hooks into the more competitive players out there who want to get their name high on the leader-boards. For the rest of us there isn't enough content to keep us in it for the long haul.

    The cooperative modes do add some extra life to the package, but with only two single-player offering out of the gate that have the exact same levels it's up to the DLC to keep things going. Tossing out those extra dollars is only going to be worth it to those really into the game, especially given it's age.

    It's a good game. One with solid, arcade-style gameplay. If you like high-score hunting this is a good choice. Just keep in mind that it's light on content and has some age on it.
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  3. May 18, 2012
    This game is awesome. I put off buying it for the longest time because I expected it to be a bad attempt at geometry wars but it turns outThis game is awesome. I put off buying it for the longest time because I expected it to be a bad attempt at geometry wars but it turns out it's even better. Also this is the only game I've tried so far that's worth playing in 3d, it still kills my eyes but it's really fun. Full Review »