User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19

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  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 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. Expand
  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 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. Expand
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. Mar 6, 2012
    10
    An amazing title, this is a great work of Square Enix and Microsoft, because no much games about spaceships exist on Xbox, and this is a great option a biggest title. Project Sylpheed: Arc of Deception is amazing.
  6. Nov 30, 2012
    0
    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. Collapse
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. 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.
  2. 59
    Even with solid controls and a nice set of FMV movie sequences, the bland mission design and its oft annoying nature make the whole experience largely forgettable.
  3. It’s a lot of the same thing, with a load of space battles awaiting your arrival. It doesn’t take long for you to become frustrated and perhaps even bored by the repetitive action.