Excerpt: "...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. It takes place across 5 huge levels packed with enemies and massive boss fights at the end of each level. Tapping or holding A fires your primary weapon and ammo for yoursecondary ...
Pros: Addictive, good potential for high - score junkies
This game requires the reactions of a Jedi Master…literally
Tom Robinson, amazon.co.uk
12 February 2004
Summary: You reckon you are a pretty good gamer, eh? You’ve collected all 120 Shine Sprites on Super Mario Sunshine, aced every stage on Super Monkey Ball, finished Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty on European Extreme mode and even completed every Final Fantasy game to date 100%. You are a natural born gamer. So, you shouldn’t find it too difficult then, to pass even the first stage of this trivial shoot-em-up.
Summary: As the title of my review explains, that is what you do in this game...a lot, but in a weird, strange way, its a good thing. Ikaruga is a very addictive, easy to play, extremely difficult game. While it may not win any awards for best graphics, it certainly makes up for it in gameplay. There is a bit of slowdown when you defeat a massive boss, but since you aint shooting, you can let it slip.
Summary: Wow...... What a game! Initially this game destroys you with it's difficulty but with repeated plays you realise the genius behind it as you progress further. The graphics are amazing, they've got a definate style about them and the amount of sprites the game chucks out later on is mind boggling.
Summary: The Gamecube may not be short on classic/arcade games, but Ikaruga blows the competition away. With it's simple yet highly immersive gameplay and beautiful visuals, Ikaruga is a must have for all thos retro junkies out there.