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
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  1. Few remember the old Silpheed games, and few will remember their slightly respelled 360 sequel – but those who do will do so with fondness.
  2. It's not as common as it should be for a game to clearly have a unified vision, but Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception does exactly one thing, and does it well: hectic true-3D space combat that makes you feel like a Gundam pilot better than most Gundam games do.
  3. 75
    Sylpheed gets one thing perfectly right: the intensity of the dogfight. The sheer volume of things on your viewscreen during each sortie is almost overwhelming, but it adds that white-knuckle feeling that's so important to a game like this.
  4. Games Master UK
    82
    Well worth a look if you want something different. [Sept 2007, p.84]
  5. AceGamez
    80
    Despite a lack of online play, Project Sylpheed is as good a space shooter as you are likely to find. Its perfect balance of depth and accessibility really pushes the game to the forefront of the genre.
  6. Play Magazine
    85
    This is by far the prettiest free-roaming shooter ever created. [Aug 2007, p.60]
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    79
    A fine, if somewhat simple space-shooter. While space opera certainly requires a suitably pompous storyline, the silly teenage drama is almost too much to bear. While the space combat action plays out great, the missions suffer from the pointless time limits. [Sept 2007]
  8. It satisfies on many levels – easily accessible and involved gameplay coupled with great graphics and a cool story.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    9
    This game is a welcome addition to a barren genre. The arcade flight scene is in need of new blood and this game delivers. The game uses itThis game is a welcome addition to a barren genre. The arcade flight scene is in need of new blood and this game delivers. The game uses it setting to stage some breathtaking battles, the backgrounds and set pieces all go along way to making it all believable. Its anime like story take full advantage of the pacing keeping the action moving never feeling slow and never feeling too fast or unending either. It always states what needs to be done upfront and the time it take is down to the player. Unlike other game on Xbox 360 this doesn't sport multiplayer in any capacity and it doesn't need sure it would have been fun to fly with a friend but this game make a serious case for singleplayer only games. Full Review »
  2. 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 ProjectIn 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 »
  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-levelProject 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 »