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  • Summary: Project Sylpheed takes you centuries into the future where you customize and pilot amazing starships, battle swarms of enemy fighters, and enjoy stellar visuals. Become immersed in the full, multilayered storyline. Take on hordes of enemy starfighters in extreme 3-D space combat. Enjoy animation with vivid visuals, cool space settings, and over 50 minutes of CG video. [Square Enix] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. This is by far the prettiest free-roaming shooter ever created. [Aug 2007, p.60]
  2. Few remember the old Silpheed games, and few will remember their slightly respelled 360 sequel – but those who do will do so with fondness.
  3. The game is extremely repetitive, but for what it offers it is nice. The controls are really tight and after you get acquainted with how to fly the ship you will find yourself flying like an ace in no time.
  4. Project Sylpheed is trying to do a bit more than it is capable of – not only due to the occasional graphical slowdown, but also because the gameplay is a bit repetitive and parts of the campaign feel a little rushed or misplaced.
  5. The core gameplay has become excruciatingly boring, and great graphics just have the same effect as polishing a turd: it's a pointless exercise, considering the content. Just leave this one alone; you've basically been playing it for a decade.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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. Expand
  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. Expand
  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. Expand
  4. 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

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