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Silpheed (SEGA CD)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (16 votes) 3.7

The Press Says

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Apesar das inovações, Silpheed mantém aquele ar nostálgico da versão original de 1986, assim como a versão do PS2 lançada em 2000 tem um ar nostálgico do Sega CD. Um novo game chamado Projeto Silpheed estava programado para sair ainda este ano para o XBox 360, mas pelo jeito houve algum atraso e só ano que vem (um game a cada sete anos… podia ser mais rápida né, Game Arts). Pelo que parece, este novo game será completamente diferente dos anteriores. De qualquer forma, este é o legado que Silpheed deixa para os consoles da nova geração.
Shin Force
An excellent all around shooter which has wide appeal. Behold the polygon realms and texture mapped planets as they sail by! To this date, Silpheed is one of my favorite games of all time. It's definitely a must have title for Sega CD owners.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Auch der Sound hört sich nicht so an, als hätte man auf einer CD nur 4 MBit Platz und daher die Samplerate auf 16 Hz runtergeschraubt (gibt‘s leider viel zu oft bei Mega-CDs, ich möchte nur an die Intro von Road Avenger erinnern, grauenhaft!). Zwar ist Silpheed allein noch nicht die Anschaffung eines MegaCD wert, aber wer schon eins hat, kommt um dieses 99prozentige Kultspiel nicht herum.
Retrogaming History
Silpheed è un raffinato manicaretto per veri intenditori amanti degli shoot ‘em up oldskool. Gli ingredienti di questo piatto forte della Game Arts potrebbero sembrare eterogenei ad un osservatore frettoloso, ma il risultato finale beneficia di un sorprendente equilibrio tra spettacolarità 3D, già proiettata nel futuro e genuino shooting fun 2D, vibrante omaggio al “vintage shmup gameplay”. La realizzazione tecnica di ottimo livello, poi, costituisce un valore aggiunto da sottolineare, giacché i programmatori della Game Arts sono riusciti a valorizzare pienamente le potenzialità hardware del Mega CD, senza sacrificare la giocabilità e il divertimento sull’altare di preziosismi tecnici.
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Tout possesseur de Mega CD se doit d'avoir Silpheed. En plus d'être une vitrine technologique pour ce support, l'ambiance space opéra qui s'en dégage et le challenge a relevé en font un très bon shoot. En fait, sans cet arrière-plan animé et sa bande sonore explosive, Silpheed serait sûrement passé inaperçu, mais cette synthèse de deux éléments de jeux en font un must incontournable. Ce jeu est une pure exclusivité du Mega-CD, je n'ai pas eu l'occasion d'essayer la version ps2, le jeu 360 (Project Sylpheed) étant bien éloigné de son ancêtre.
All Game Guide
While there may not be much to come back to in the way of secrets, Silpheed is definitely one of the classic games on the Sega CD. It's ingenious and artistic design combined with the action of a traditional shooter will forever have this game etched in my mind.
Sega Force
Gott om bra spel till Mega-ceden har det varit ont om. Det känns bra när det äntligen dyker upp något som man inte är redo att kasta i sopporna efter ett par minuters spelande. Silpheed är inte det bästa spelet i värdshistorien men förtjänar dock en plats i samlingen.
Game Players
This one's translated from the smash PC arcade shooter - and we mean "shooter", invest in an auto-fire controller. You can't let up until Earth's back in friendly hands.
The Video Game Critic
All in all, Silpheed's shooting action is very good, and the stages offer a nice variety of challenges. if you're weary of playing grainy FMV games on your Sega CD, this is just what the doctor ordered.
GamePro (US)
All in all, Silpheed's a decent attempt at a first-class polygon-style shooter. Although it's light years away from some of the stuff that's coming down the pipeline on more powerful systems, it's a good warm-up for itchy trigger fingers across the Milky Way.
Defunct Games
But at the end of the day, this truly may be a fine example of style over substance. It's a good game, but it probably wouldn't be if they took away the graphics and sound. Then again, the original didn't have the graphics and sound, and it was still fun. Hmm...
Power Play
Es ist schon beeindruckend, was die Slipheed-Macher aus dem Mega-CD gekitzelt haben: Die Hintergrundgrafik reizt ungemein und stellt dabei jedoch die einzig vorhandene Motivationsgrundlage dar. Besonders das vierte Level läßt so manchen Starfox-Fan vor Neid erblassen. Vergißt man die Grafik, kommt Slipheed jedoch schnell ins Stolpern: Der sehr hektische Spielablauf und die billigen Feinde versprechen eher mittelmäßigen Spielspaß. Innovative Spielelemente vermissen wir ebenso wie versteckte Extras oder abwechslungsreiche Angriffsformationen. Im Endeffekt bleibt ein Audio-visuell aufregendes Actionspektakel, das spielerisch nicht übers Mittelmaß hinausragt. Allein die Aufmachung haucht der blitzenden Scheibe das nötige Spaß- und Motivationspotential ein.
So, Silpheed is a classic case of style over substance, but that doesn't mean it should simply be written of as a gimmick. It is one of the original pioneers of "2.5D" gaming, an influential classic, and a technical marvel, and the fact that it may or may not be a particularly good shooter seems almost incidental. Its flaws weren't important then, and they might be even less important now. We should remember Silpheed for what it was.
Although Silpheed is graphically superior, Starfox is more involving, and its bosses far outshine the pathetic motherships in Silpheed. But Mega CD owners need fear not - Silpheed is still a good game. Although relatively easy, it is nice to look at and plays fairly well.
Many people talk of the Sega CD as one of the worst consoles ever. I, however will not agree. As many rare occasions will show (Snatcher, Popful Mail, and Sonic CD), the Sega CD is quite underrated, and this is another of those rare occasions.Silpheed shows what the Sega CD can do, this was a remake of the rare 1987 PC shooter of the same name. Silpheed is a space shooter that was light years ahead of it's time.