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Review – Ikaruga

8 August 2006
  • Conclusion: If you are on the lookout for a good old-school shooter or maybe a game to put hair on your chest, Ikaruga for the GameCube is a safe bet. It might be a little too hard for casual, and even some experienced players, but you will feel like God’s Gift to Gaming if you can get past the first level with...
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Overall 9

Expert Review

1 June 2005
  • Excerpt: You aren't hardcore. You don't deserve to call yourself that. What makes me think so? One game, my friend, one game.
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Overall 7
Gameplay 8
Graphics 7
Sound 7
Lifespan 9

Expert Review

25 March 2005
  • Summary: karuga is a game more suited to 'old-skool' gamers who grew up with 2D shooters such as Gradius and 1942 due to it's constant barrage of fire, action and concentration. Casual gamers may find the game is too much for them due to it's gameplay but the fact of the matter is Ikaruga is a fantastically...
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Expert Review

19 December 2004
  • Summary: The story originates in the land of Horai, which used to be just a small island nation. But several years ago, one of the most powerful men of the nation, Tenro Horai, discovered the Ubusunagami Okinokai – the Power of the Gods.
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Ikaruga – Review

16 December 2004
  • Excerpt: "Hi, my name is Mike, and I'm a shmup fan." Acknowledging that you're a fan of the shoot-'em-up (or shmup, as they're lovingly referred to by the hardcore crowd) in this day and age of 3D graphics and epic games is sort of like admitting you're an alcoholic at the local AA meeting.
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Overall 10


The Armchair Empire
10 November 2004
  • Conclusion: too many in North America got a chance to play RS as it was never released on these shores. I imported the game just after it was released and played through it at least 200 times before finally selling it on EBay for a considerable profit.
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Ikaruga (GameCube) Review

10 October 2004
Overall 8


Gaming Evolution
5 June 2004
  • Conclusion: So yes, if you are ever in the presence of the game, and have the oppurtunity to buy it, I would do so. It's a really fun game, with loads of challenge. It's also pretty rare these days, so if you are lucky enough to see one, just go for it.
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Game Ratio
31 October 2003
  • Excerpt: Ikaruga is a beautiful game. It looks so plain and simple, yet there is a terrible monster lurking underneath the deceiving appearance. It is a game that is both easy to learn and impossibly hard to master.
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The Next Level
12 June 2003
  • Excerpt: What you will see is me going on and on about how extremely tough this game is. I'm not saying that as a bad thing, mind you, it's just a point that requires emphasis. Ikaruga is probably the toughest game that most regular gamers will ever play, and it's that much better of a game for it.
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