Summary: If i were to recommend one vertical or manic shooter, it would definitely be Ikaruga. It offers so much more than just the hectic dodging and shooting like other vertical shooters. Offering to switch from white to black is the perfect way for someone to either gain more points, or keeping it safe, making it perfect for hardcore gamers and casual ones. Playing with a friend is also a fun experience and i would highly recommend this title.
Summary: If you're a shoot 'em up fan and have yet to play Ikaruga...HUGE SHAME ON YOU. It was made by 2D gods Treasure and if that doesn't sell you... nothing will. Ikaruga has you playing as a pilot who has to (yet again) save the world. The entire trick to the game though is the switching between your ships color black or white.
Conclusion: terrific game. ive started playing more shooters (castle shikigami, gradius V, nanostray, etc) recently, and i think a lot of it is to try to recapture this game. unfortunately most others (gradius is an exception) pale in comparison. i played ikaruga orginally on the dreamcast, and, to me, it was well worth the trouble jay had to go through so i could play it. the game itself is very tough, and i didnt beat it until i earned quite a few continues.
Summary: This game is just fantastic. Really simple but addicting... One of a kind experience. I haven't really had a game like this before, for it's just about 25 minutes long. But it is hard... even in easy mode I still keep on dying all the time, and there is still the chain combos that will keep you playing for tens of hours. Every wave of enemies is like a puzzle that you have to figure out and solve.
Summary: Simply, its just a Unlooked treasure of a game. Myself and hundreds of others count ourselves lucky to play such a gem of a game! If its not too late, try this game, definitely one of the best games out there, and one of the best games on a truly unique console, the GC!
Excerpt: Make no mistake about this game, it is very, very, VERY difficult. Having played many Shmups in my time, I can safely say that Ikaruga is one of the hardest. Ok, the basics. Ikaruga is a vertically scrolling space shooter (in a similar vein to R-Type and gradius) in which you control "Ikaruga" the last remaining ship of it's find in an effort to defeat an evil empire.
Pros: Addictive, good potential for high - score junkies
Summary: I've always loved shooters like this and played them in the arcades (in the 80s and early 90s) all the time. R-type...1943 (i got to the last boss on 10p!)..Tiger Shark...but without doubt, this is the best shoot em up i've ever played. There were times early on when i felt like giving up on this (especially after seeing the high scores at ikaruga.co.uk) as it's a very tough game. At first some sections can seem overwhelmingly tough...
Excerpt: I first got Ikuruga for Christmas 2003, I had seen this game in the shops and didn't have much money so I had to wait until Christmas to get it, I was really excited getting this game I remember playing these kind of spaceship shooter-em-ups in the arcades and they were really addictive and good fun, Would Ikaruga be a classic or a disappointment read on to find out! History ********* Ikaruga Created by Atari. Ikaruga first came out on the Dreamcast.
Pros: Gameplay is top notch, good graphics and sound .
Summary: Treasure dazzle again with that special brand of gaming bliss fans have come to expect - frenzied 2D action with the emphasis on an addictive core gameplay mechanics, rather than superfluous graphical effects that have increasingly come to typify modern game development. Ikaruga is a game based on a single, maddeningly addictive concept, and a supremely realised risk/reward structure.