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. And, more often than not, you’ll find you’re taxing your thumbs more than your brain, so you can beat that damned timer.
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. Most of the schmup genre these days are content to be purely based around bullet hell, where you're constantly ducking and weaving to try and find that one decimillimeter of screen space that isn't currently occupied by an enemy...
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
Excerpt: “` Treasure’s Ikaruga has moved from the Dreamcast and Gamecube onto the Xbox Live Arcade. The transition has added a few new additions, such as online co-op, leaderboards, and replays, to what was already a solid title “` I karuga seems to simply throw you into the deep end, and then laugh at you as you quickly drown. There is no tutorial of any kind, or any indication of what buttons do what. You are simply expected to figure it all out for yourself.
Excerpt: Chegou ao Live uma das melhores obras da Treasure. Um jogo de culto. Um shooter de luxo. Ikaruga nasceu para as arcadas, passou pela Dreamcast, teve direito a uma adaptação GameCube e acaba de dar entrada nas hostes do Live Arcade, tornando-se num essencial da consola norte-americana. Trata-se de um shooter de culto, extremamente criativo, que resistiu formidavelmente ao passar dos anos, especialmente dedicado a quem goste de jogos difíceis. Muito difíceis!
Conclusion: Ikaruga fait un retour fracassant sur le Xbox Live Arcade de Microsoft et se permet pour l'occasion un petit lifting. Ikaruga se place sans mal en tête du peloton des Shoot’em up, bien devant Rez HD ou encore Omega Five. Ne pas y jouer serait passer à côté d’un jeu mythique adulé par nombre de fans de genre. Je ne peux donc que trop vous conseiller d’au moins vous essayer à la démo, vous ne le regretterez pas.
Pros: Une réalisation aux petits oignons, Un gameplay au poil, Le mode coopération en ligne
Cons: Difficulté ardue, Uniquement cinq niveaux, Les bandes latérales noires