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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.