Excerpt: The thing about Ikaruga that's hard to get when you first see it is how deep it is. On the surface, it's a relatively short, extremely challenging shoot-'em-up, and is one of the last of its kind to have anything resembling a high concept.
Conclusion: It is one of the most unique shooters I have ever played, a veritable classic that stands up next to the likes of Radiant, Battle Garrega & Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire with its head held high. I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read this review.
Excerpt: One of the most revered shooter games in history was created by one of the most legendary groups of developers of its day. This talented bunch was initially responsible for the Konami’s classic series Contra and most of the sequels that followed it.
Conclusion: Sadly, though, some of this engaging gameplay is sullied by that annoying ticking timer. Due to the fact that you’re racing against the clock, you often don’t have the time necessary to really plan how you’d like to tackle the increasingly complex puzzles.
Conclusion: Although the game is short, about an hour or so, this is an arcade shooter which isn't meant for long hours of play. The game is full of addictive fun and difficult levels making it a good game. Its innovative gameplay is what makes this game truly great.
Summary: Ikaruga on Xbox Live Arcade is by far the best version of the game yet. There is some slight slowdown, graphic glitches, and the Xbox 360 controls aren’t always best suited. The online co-op, leaderboards, and replay saving can’t be beat at only 800 points ($10) making this a XBLA must have.
Pros: Easy to learn, frantic, intense gameplay, Co-op