Summary: Finally a good shootemup. It has been a long time I played such games. The idea to change polarities is genious and makes the gameplay complex. The bosses are interesting, the graphics good, just like the music.
Summary: The graphics are minimalists but Ikaruga isn't about aesthetics. It is about a pure and extremely demanding gameplay and getting up the leaderboard. I love it and keep coming back to it. A little bit everyday without fail.
Summary: Fantastic PC port with some new polish and features (nothing game changing). Plenty of options for configuring the game, hud, screen layout, and resolution. They really thought this through when porting to PC, and it puts away the stereotype that all Japanese game developers are crap at making PC...
Summary: There was a time when I was beating myself up for not purchasing this game (as an import) on the Gamecube when it released and times I came close to purchasing it on eBay for over $100. So you can imagine how I leaped for joy to see Ikaruga come to XBLA. This was the easiest purchase I ever made.
Summary: Top-down and side-scrolling shooters are an acquired taste. They don't rely on complex stories, variety of gameplay, or complex controls. They give you pretty much one kind of gameplay (destroy everything and don't die) and stick with it.
Summary: This is a mesmerizing game that's both challenging and approachable. First off, the difficulty - it's harsh, but not impossible. This is a game you can learn to beat, even if you an average gamer (like me) and can work to master if you are really good.
Summary: I have nothing new to add to the two review here--they are spot on. If you are a hard-core shoot em up fan, you already know about this game and its developer; if you are a casual gamer, you should stay away; but if you are somewhere in the middle and are interested in a challenging shmup, then I...
Summary: I've always wanted this game (for multiple consoles), so I was thrilled when it came my way to the Xbox so I could finally get it. You can have a lot of fun with this game, that is for sure, but you can also get very frustrated.