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 at least one life intact.
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 designed game with many hours of gameplay.
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.
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. This energy emanated from an object he dig up from deep within the earth and gave him powers of unimaginable strength. Soon after, Tenro and his followers, who called themselves the "Divine Ones," began to conquer other nations one by one.
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. You're bound to find a few folks who share and understand your affliction, but most of the time your proclamation will be met with blank stares or worse, looks of pity.
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. That game took the entire shoot’em up genre and blew it up to reform it in all new ways. Ikaruga is not quite that innovative, but it might actually be the better game; I’ll let you know after 150 more plays.
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. Such a small, original game with such an elegance and beauty to it like no other game in history. But the one distinguishing trait of Ikaruga is that it is HARDER THAN HELL.