Project Root is, without a doubt, ambitious. Mixing classic shoot-em-ups (shmups) with an open world is daring to say the least. Shmups were always confined to a vertical or horizontal scrolling plane, so breaking down the barriers of the genre sounds like a huge moment of evolution for a straightforward genre of yesteryear. The creativity put into Project Root’s concept can’t be denied; it’s not an easy task. Project Root’s desire to innovate has its drawbacks, however, as the final release shows. Its combination of shmups and open-world games creates more awkward mixtures than seamless combos. These two genres aren’t as compatible as originally hoped.