Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Project Sylpheed is a niche game. It will shake off newcomers who are intimidated by its slightly different control scheme, and find an audience that appreciates the game’s overall style in doing so.
  2. Project Sylpheed is a game that only die-hard anime or Square-Enix fans should consider at all, even for a rental. It’s so short and needlessly complex with its controls that it hardly warrants playtime whatsoever.
  3. 40
    Game Arts still knows how to draw neat-looking spaceships. When it comes to making them interact in a real 3D space, though, that’s where they still have a whole lot to learn.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 29, 2014
    8
    In an age of terrible first person shooters and over the top action games a cool shooter like this gets lost. Which blows cause Project Sylpheed is an incredible game that tries to breath life into a genre that's slowly dying out. The story, for the most part, is pretty cliche' inexperienced pilot grows into ace, best female friend becomes girlfriend, former best friend is rival, enemy bent on total destruction of hero's civilization. Story aside though this game has great graphics, that still stand up today, an ear pleasing soundtrack and gameplay that never feels dull. The game presents you with a sense of vastness around you as fly through space in your fighter and you feel as if you can go on forever. Combat never feels boring as your weapon upgrades become a sight to behold by just firing them. Going up against larger enemies such as battleships and cruisers are always taken with a great dose of excitement as you tear into them with huge missles or armor shredding lasers. The only gripes I have with the game is that there are no terrestrial levels. Skimming across the surface of a planet or being in the middle of a huge fleet battle on the surface of a planet would have been cool. This game can be had nowadays for pretty cheap, under 10 bucks, and can be easily found on the Xbox Live Arcade. It's worth the cash if you're looking for a good shooter that isn't a re-hash of an older game. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    9
    What a wonderful game! Space Battles with great graphics and precise control, and a story that is very well made with great-looking cutscenes. It requires that you put some time into the game mechanics, but once you have mastered this, the rest is pure enjoyment. Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2012
    8
    Project Sylpheed is a game that you will either understand completely or not understand at all. Missions are long, and there are no mid-level checkpoints, meaning you will have to go through half-hour to full-hour sittings to finish a level and save your game. However, for me, nothing has felt more satisfying than chasing down an ADAN ship and firing my missiles. The story also has a nice space opera-esque feel to it, and all major cutscenes (which are plentiful) are in beautiful CG animation with great voice acting. Ultimately, it all comes down to your preferences. If you are a fan of Square Enix or Japanese shmups (not bullet hell shmups, and this is kinda like a 3D shoot-em-up) then pick it up. At bargain-bin prices now, this is something you won't want to miss, despite its flaws. Full Review »