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Classic Style, Classic Gaming

posted by conman (SOUTH BEND, IN) Sep 22, 2006

Member since Aug 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The GC has had some great titles that return to old classic gaming genres (like Viewtiful Joe). Ikaruga isn't for everyone; this is a game-afficionado's game. Like the difference between pop-music and music for musicians, Ikaruga is not for casual gamers.

That said, those who've followed gaming from early arcade masterpieces like Tempest, Centipede, and so forth, should find much here to love. The 2D scrolling shooter has had a continued niche presence throughout the history of gaming, but this is one of the strongest home console titles to come along in a long time. The last time I felt this compelled by the genre was with Blazing Lasers (on TG16).

Perhaps the best part about Ikaruga (other than the amazing gameplay and graphics) is that it attempts to convey the feeling of an old stand-up arcade game, rather than trying to "translate" a shooter to console-style gaming. This game also grows over time, so a quick one-day try at it won't convince you of its greatness. Give it a week or two of solid play-time.

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Above Average


posted by Wickified (ALLENTOWN, PA) Jul 29, 2006

Member since Jul 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game is pretty good for 2D shooting game. I had played alot MAME shooting games and most of them are basic settings except for this game. This game required a lot of quick thinking skills in order to win this game. How? Switching the firing color (black and white) and same thing for shield. You will have options to absorb those firing from enemy by switching into shield with matching color of enemy's shootings. Have fun renting this out. :)

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Genre Defining Game

posted by Blailus (PORTER, TX) Oct 9, 2006

Member since Feb 2005

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

Ikaruga is one of the scrolling shooter games that comes to mind when thinking about the genre. It is THE hardest I've played, and the most innovative. Instead of giving you ridiculous crazy weapons that you can't live without (Raiden Fighters 2), it merely forces you to react extremely quickly with polarity switches. To anyone who loves games within this genre, pick this game up NOW.

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