Spotlight on Ikaruga

It seems incredible to think that Ikaruga began its home console life on the Sega Dreamcast. A successful arcade machine in Japan, Ikaruga was subsequently converted to the DC way back in 2001 and also ended up on the Gamecube. But don't let that put you off. Sega's fantastic "Rez" also began life on the flip-top white elephant console, in fact the Dreamcast became home to some of the best shoot 'em ups ever crafted...

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bootsielon3618d ago

This game has never seen the light on PlayStation consoles. It was on Dreamcast, Gamecube, and now it's on 360. Notice a pattern? ANyone knows why? Is it one of those developers that hates Sony, like Itagaki or Gabe Newell?

Sanjuro3618d ago

It was going to be ported to the PS2, but they ran into some difficultys getting it to work.

VirusE3618d ago

Awesome game! Hard as nails but awesome none the less. Very good news.

dalibor3618d ago (Edited 3618d ago )

Have you ever played einhander, it was made back on ps by squaresoft. It was an awesome game, i have it but its really scratched up and it freezes. Hopefully einhander becomes available on the psn. Ikaruga is indeed tough but a great game. Sucks 2d shooters come out rarely.

VirusE3618d ago

einhander, talk about a blast from the past. That game was simply awesome. I remember playing the first level on a playstation demo disc i got while scoping out Quake 2 at mediaplay (god that makes me feel old, i still had hair them LOL) Square needs to make a sequel.

Seraphim3618d ago (Edited 3618d ago )

Hard as "nails" might be the understatement of the century for this one. ;) Ikargua is Insane. I can't wait to reclaim it via XBL though. Probably won't get squat for achievement out of it, but oh well. It's a blast to play even if you can't get that far in it. Part of me still regrets selling my Gamecube version. But hey, for $80 I guess I had to. Well didn't have to, but figured I'd capitalize on it since I knew a XBL version was coming...

VirusE3618d ago (Edited 3618d ago )

Boot i think it may have more to do with the fact that shooters like this are a niche market for the nintendo generation. The old school crowd that is the nintendo generation tends to be heading for their early to mid 30s which is one of the key demographics for the 360. Many of the playstation loyal got into gaming during the playstation generation and are much younger. The playstation generation refers to those who got into playing games in the mid to late 90s when 2d was extremely taboo and as such this gen has much less of an interest in the dead genre that is the 2d shooter. If you didn’t grow up with them chances are you could careless or you just don’t get what the big deal is.

I love games like this but i also cut my teath on lifeforce, gradius, the gardian legend and many other games like this.