NZGamer writes: "Ikaruga is likely to be one of those games that many Kiwis will have heard of but not had the chance to play. Although this cult classic was originally an arcade game, its rise to fame was its release as a swan song for the dying Dreamcast. It was released for the Gamecube, although finding a copy in New Zealand was an exercise in frustration. Finally, however, Xbox 360 owners can experience what is easily one of the best vertical shooters of all time without even needing to leave their house, thanks to Ikaruga's release on Xbox Live Arcade.
For the uninitiated, Ikaruga is about as old school as you can get. The game revolves around the concept of light and dark, with enemies coming in both varieties and the player able to switch between the two. When light, players will deal extra damage to dark enemies, but will also incur damage from dark bullets. The opposite applies for when the player is dark. However, when a player is either light or dark, bullets of the same shade will not cause harm and in fact will charge a super-weapon that can be unleashed in moments of trouble."