Percentile Rank

Sky Force Reloaded is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

50%

Critics Recommend

Based on 36 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Scored Reviews

TheXboxHub
Dec 1, 2017

The grind is real. The grind is great. Sky Force Reloaded is quite possibly the best arcade shmup money can buy.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 29, 2017

I'm really surprised just how much I enjoyed Sky Force Reloaded, the first time I loaded it up I was playing it for five hours non-stop and at no point was I bored. Adding grind to a shoot 'em up sounds terrible but it's a genius idea to counter the shoot 'em up's traditionally short playtime. By adding the challenges, the act of replaying a level twenty or more times never gets boring. I am now going to bestow on Sky Force the highest honour I can give it: It reminds me of SWIV.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Dec 7, 2017

This is a game that doesn't do anything new, but it takes a classic genre and delivers on it so well that it's hard to fault the lack of innovation. If you have even the slightest interest in shoot 'em ups, this is a game you don't want to miss.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 20, 2018

Delivers what a sequel should be, with more of... everything... on top of the solid foundations they had with the predecessor. Fans of shoot-em-ups that aren't straight up bullet hell titles should be looking into the Sky Force franchise.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Feb 1, 2018

With Sky Force Reloaded, despite not necessarily bringing anything revolutionary to the traditional arcade shooter, the many collectable systems in place somewhat reflect the special hook that made this genre so addictively popular in the first place. It all feels very well put together and equally hard to put down, even though the thought of the grind did initially put me off. Some may still feel that the progression system in place can be on the slow side, especially for those that just want to trail through it as quickly as possible. As for myself, collecting every medal, and aiming to snatch all four objectives in a single run keeps me on the constant return for more.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Dec 1, 2017

I've already sank more hours into Sky Force Reloaded than I care to mention, yet I feel like I've still only just scratched its surface.

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NEOsite
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded fully exploits the shoot'em up genre. Destroying the enemies, unlocking new upgrades and coming back to already completed maps on higher difficulty level – all of this is unbelievably satisfying!

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 18, 2018

The shooting is fun, but the real hook is devoting time to creating a terrifying killing machine

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Generación Xbox
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded its a worthy representative of a genre as classic as it is rare these days, where titles with realistic graphics and pharaonic budgets take over the sales lists. Addictive, with a more than respectable duration, which will depend on your ability or if you decide to play it in company, and at a price that admits no excuses. Guaranteed purchase.

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The Games Machine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2017

Despite a lot of insane grinding, Sky Force Reloaded is a great porting from mobile to console. If you love shoot 'em ups, you should not miss this game for any reason.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 1, 2018

Sky Force Reloaded is a fun shmup with a good variety of dangers to deal with and one that gives you a number of options to deal with them. Stages can be tough, but when you nearly make it you'll want to dive back in and try again, certain you know how to do better this time around. Sometimes you'll be forced to replay them in order to proceed further in the game, whether that's grinding for stars or looking to achieve a medal, although that can still feel fresh due to tackling the stages a different way. The thrill of finally beating a tricky level can be dampened by the realisation you need to go pick up a handful of medals however, but it can be fun to return to a previously tricky stage and ease through thanks to an improved craft. Sky Force Reloaded may force you to spend time with it and feel like a grind as a result, but for the most part, the time invested is enjoyable.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 7, 2017

While it takes a bit to open up, Sky Force Reloaded kicks in nicely once you've got a properly powerful ship and a nice selection of medals to chase after through its wide variety of levels.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 1, 2018

Sky Force Reloaded is a great shoot-em-up for the Nintendo Switch, and is enjoyable for the hardened veteran and newbie alike. The intense gameplay and enjoyable progression system just kept me coming back for more, and will provide hours upon hours of enjoyment.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2018

Sky Force Reloaded is a really fun arcade, shooter that looks great on the Nintendo Switch. If you're looking for a challenge or something to make you feel nostalgic check it out!

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

It doesn't do anything revolutionary for the genre, playing it safe in all regards. It has a lot of content in an enjoyable package. The loop of short, quick play sessions is addicting, and an experience I did not expect to have as much fun with as I did.

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Saving Content
Dec 20, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded is everything Sky Force Anniversary was, but bigger and better in every conceivable way. Infinite Dreams has re-imagined the scrolling shooter in inventive and exciting ways. Sky Force Reloaded is the best the series has looked, played, and felt yet. I wish Infinite Dreams would make something in the vein of their mobile series, but only for modern consoles and PCs to give it more depth rather than grind. Now, the grind is manageable, but something that not everyone will enjoy. That said, Sky Force Reloaded is still a lot of fun no matter how little or much you put into it.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

At the end of the day Sky Force Reloaded is a gorgeous and challenging arcade shooter, and is among the most impressive on the Switch. Its looks are top-notch, it offers a significant degree of challenge for shmup fans, and its controls are buttery-smooth. Just be prepared to invest in the game for the long-term if you really want to see all it has to offer, which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I just feel like the game could and should perhaps ease up the throttle, at least early on, to give people a few unlocks to better see what’s possible earlier on so they don’t necessarily give up before seeing much of what the game has to offer.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

A brilliant shoot 'em up that harks back to the good old days of video games but with a refreshing modern update. You can jump in for one run and leave five hours later because the game play is so enjoyable.

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Pixelophobia
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2019

Sky Force Reloaded is a reimagining of cell phone game brought to consoles and PC. It's a 19XX and Raiden style game, but looking good. It's challenging and will require a lot of hours played to complete. Also available for free on mobile.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded is an excellent shoot ‘em up and represents its lineage with quality. It's a shame that it forces the player to grind excessively but, still, it's a recommendable title for every user, fan of the genre or not. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-ldb4'); });

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2017

Though not hugely different from its prequel, Sky Force Anniversary, Sky Force Reloaded nonetheless offers up a compelling slice of vertical scrolling shoot em' up action that both newcomers and fans of the genre will undoubtedly enjoy.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2018

The combination of 2D gameplay with 3D objects and some voxel based items and power ups seems like a blend of distinct styles waiting to go wrong but it works well and runs great.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 29, 2017

With a solid progression system that means no defeat has to be too punishing and every attempt gets you a little further, Sky Force Reloaded is a 'one more try' shooter. Building up your ship from a pathetic husk to a monstrous killing machine is satisfying and fun, but it's a slight shame that the game is let down at times by bland environments and all too familiar enemy types.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2017

I've always enjoyed the genre, and everything in Sky Force Reloaded is solid enough. From a visual, gameplay, and soundtrack standpoint, I'm more than happy. I just can't shake this feeling that the game was designed to kill hours on the phone, and for me it just doesn't translate into a great home console experience.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2017

A vertical shoot-em-up that does its best to modernise the genre with an upgrade and progression system. It successfully captures the spirit of older games of its ilk, but the perpetual grind may dissuade many players.

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EGM
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 1, 2018

There's a legitimately interesting and enjoyable top-down shooter experience present in Sky Force Reloaded, but it's tainted by an overall package that still has far too many connections to its free-to-play origins. Those longing for a game that'll last for a while will find the most enjoyment here, but most others may find progression to be a total slog.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 19, 2018

Sky Force Reloaded for the Nintendo Switch is a welcome addition of a game that will certainly please fans of the 2D shooting genre, thanks to its good gameplay mechanics and cooperative mode. Where Sky Force Reloaded loses out is on its price, as the Nintendo Switch version asks for a value that is not requested for its free mobile counterpart.

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Spaziogames
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded is a solid if unremarkable vertical shoot'em up, that capitalizes on the absence of similar titles on both Microsoft and Sony marketplaces. We had fun with it, expecially with a friend locally, but that doesn't mean it is perfect. Still, a reasonable choice for fans of the genre.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2017

A great port of an excellent mobile game. It may not have the longevity of classics, but it's a hell of a blast while it lasts.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 1, 2018

For the price tag attached to it, Sky Force Reloaded is the perfect antidote for Nintendo Switch fans that love this genre. As long as you came here in order to experience a pretty basic, and grind-heavy (but immensely addictive) vertical shoot 'em up, where the only modern thing about it is its graphical update, then you simply cannot go wrong!

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Feb 14, 2018

It's a testament to the development team that the game feels fresh and exciting after hours of play, where every subsequent upgrade still feels like a milestone achievement and each victory still feels like a demonstration of skill rather than avatar strength.

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Video Chums
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2017

Reloaded is a significant step back from last year's Sky Force Anniversary.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 2, 2018

It's packed with content and fun to play, just weighed down by the process of farming stars.

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New Game Network
55 / 100
55 / 100
Feb 15, 2018

While not terrible, Sky Force Reloaded asks too much of the player with too little to give back. With some reworking to the exorbitant grind, I would maybe recommend this, but there are far better shoot 'em ups on the Switch that deserve your time and attention.

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COGconnected
40 / 100
40 / 100
Dec 15, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded starts the player all souped up, and then strips everything away going into the meat of the game.

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Gamers Heroes
4 / 10
4 / 10
Dec 21, 2017

Sky Force Reloaded is the FDA generic version of the shoot-em-up. Everything is so plain, and the lack of personality will dissuade all but the most hardcore of shmup fans.

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