Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews
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7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2020

Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha is a fun collection of notable artifacts from the golden age of arcade shmups.

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8 / 10
Jan 15, 2020

Barring Sol Divide, this is a great collection of shooters from one of the best in the business. If you're a fan of the shmup that hasn't made the leap into these titles on Switch, now's the perfect time to do so, even if it does only just manage to justify its price versus picking up the games separately.

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5 / 10
Feb 14, 2020

This collection could be recommended for those who want to casually drop a few credits in a Psikyo game here and there, and are not going to become too concerned about learning or clearing the game.

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7 / 10
Jan 24, 2020

Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha on the Nintendo Switch brings a compilation of six old-school shoot'em-ups, the kind that made many fans in the 1990s. The games featured in the collection are overall quite good and entertaining and the way this compilation was adapted to the Nintendo Switch works wonders for the experience of retro shoot'em-ups. While more extras and additional content wouldn't harm, Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha will make shoot'em-ups fans very satisfied with this collection.

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6 / 10
Jan 23, 2020

Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha compiles six good to dispensables shoot'em up on a single Switch cartridge, giving curious players enough content to chains scores and playthrough. But despite some interesting scrolling options, the game lacks the most obvious features it needed to really please every fan of the genre.

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6.5 / 10.0
Jan 28, 2020

Truth be told, this is an extensive package of quality shmups that are sure to keep genre enthusiasts in a frenzy for hours. That said, there are a million shooters, and this package doesn't offer anything that hasn't been done already. Still, Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha is a more affordable way to get all these games at a lower cost.

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7 / 10
Jan 25, 2020

Psikyo shooters range from above average to good. Therefore for any genre fan, those tend to be safe bets for a truly good time

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7 / 10.0
Jan 21, 2020

If you’re a big fan of shooters and don’t already own the majority of the games included, Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha is a bit of a no-brainer, really.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2020

On the plus side, each game can be played co-op and there is no shortage of ways to challenge yourself. Shoot-'em-up enthusiasts will be fairly pleased, but this feels like a missed opportunity to really celebrate these six games and where they came from. Psikyo Alpha certainly doesn't shoot for the stars, and you might already own some of these games, but its stellar gameplay is still out of this world.

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7.1 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2020

If you haven't already purchased most of the games separately, Psikyo Shooting Stars Alpha can be a pretty sweet addition to any shmup fans' library as it contains a handful of solid titles that you're sure to enjoy for years to come.

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