Ryan Lambie of TotalGaming writes: "It's not really clear why Hudsonsoft decided to only release a third of a game; if Star Soldier R had been released with a proper arcade mode with, say, five or six levels then this could easily have been one of the best shooters in years. As it is, we're left with a playable demo that will thrill and frustrate in equal parts.
I can only hope that Hudsonsoft are testing the water with this release, and will put out a full set of levels should Star Soldier R prove to be a success.
While Star Soldier R is still a good purchase at only 800 points, the decision to release such a game so brief is an odd one, like Warner Brothers only putting out half a film or JK Rowling only writing half a novel. Very, very strange indeed."