Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The game itself does a good job of masking the appearance of the field, maintaining an illusion of 3D, and keeping the graphics consistent.
  2. Not only is Xyanide a 3D space shooter but it is like no other you have ever seen or played. It's actually a benchmark title. [Dec. 2006, p.60]
  3. As an arcade space shooter, Xyanide doesn't break any new ground, but it is a solid entry that is fun. The flaws aren't enough to diminish an otherwise fun time with the original Xbox.
  4. So if you want an intense shooter with solid ground on every aspect, but nothing special in content or in extras, then pick up Xyanide, and bring yourself back to those local pizza place days, playing the arcade games we all love so much.
  5. Xyanide's unique take on the shmup genre and the fact that it's not only fun, but the only one of its kind make it very approachable.
  6. It's a shame that the controls weren't tighter and the level design weren't more varied, because this one could have been a classic. As it stands now, it's a title easily worth picking up for shooter fans tired of being stuck with R-Type.
  7. Though Xyanide plays similarly to various classic arcade shoot-'em-ups, it's got its own strange twists and style that are worth experiencing by fans of similar games.
  8. The visuals may not be stunning, and the audio won't put any surround sound system through its paces, but Xyanide still packs some nice punch, especially when playing with a friend.
  9. For the low price of $20, Xyanide's a surprisingly fun alternative to Xbox Live Arcade's nostalgic offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
  10. While the gameplay isn't really anything new, it's all backed by a terrific story, a mounting challenge, and some impressive graphics.
  11. Seriously, with more varied and visually stunning backgrounds, more detailed ship models, more interesting bosses, a better soundtrack, and better power-ups, Xyanide could have been a great shooter. While the negatives outweigh the positives, it is only $19.99, controls very well, and has an interesting story.
  12. 63
    The levels look pretty at first, but quickly become nauseating and boring when the same backgrounds continuously scroll by awkwardly. The gameplay itself is solid with intense, difficult combat, intriguing weapons, and huge battles.
  13. If you're looking for a more classical style of game where you can turn off your brain and annihilate wave after wave of enemies as you dodge obscene amounts of enemy fire, Xyanide is for you.
  14. 60
    The action is great when it gets going and the bosses will bring a smile to anyone's face. Whilst disappointing in some areas, it does match its budget price point and in some respects even exceeds it.
  15. Xyanide will have trouble holding your interest and you may have trouble holding your lunch.
  16. 40
    It borrows or attempt to borrow conventions from several popular shoot-'em-'ups, but in the end it's just a confused mess that's not very fun and not very impressive.

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