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gcgm0319 - Developed by Treasure Co. Ltd. and Published by Entertainment Software Publishing, "Ikaruga" is a rare game that was released in arcades in 2001 on the Sega NAOMI, then in 2002 it was released on the Dreamcast in Japan, and worldwide on the GameCube in 2003. It is a vertical shoot-em-up ported from the Naomi Arcade version and is more or less a spiritual sequel to Radiant Silvergun on the Sega Saturn. The gameplay consists of shooting enemies who come in one of two polarities: either black or white (sometimes called red or blue). The player's ship can be either polarity, and can be switched at will. Treasure previously experimented with colors and polarity in the title Silhouette Mirage, released for both the Sega Saturn and the PlayStation. Ikaruga was well received by critics. Only bullets of an opposite polarity can kill the player. Same-color bullets are absorbed and converted into energy for the game's special weapon, a homing laser. Switching the ship's polarity also changes the color of the ship's bullets, and shooting an enemy using opposite-polarity bullets will cause double damage. Thus, much of the challenge of Ikaruga comes from careful polarity-switching, choosing between high damage and (relative) invulnerability. This is especially true when fighting bosses, as they often fire bullets of both colors in overlapping patterns. The game also presents navigational challenges where the player must maneuver through continual streams of weapons fire, using their shields to absorb one color while avoiding the others. Stage 2 boss fight; the player uses the polarity system to absorb the enemy fire. Skilled players may also perform combination "chains" for points. A chain occurs when three enemies of the same polarity are destroyed consecutively. The more sets of three enemies that are dispatched in a row, the more points are acquired, eventually rewarding the player with an extra chance/life. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the entirely original "bullet eater" or "dot eater" strategy, wherein the player does not shoot enemies, including bosses, which retreat after a set period.

Product Details
  • UPC: 722242519781
  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube System (GCN)
  • Region: NTSC (N. America)
  • ESRB Descriptor: Fantasy Violence
  • ESRB Rating: "E" for Everyone
  • Genre: Shooter / Action / Sci-fi / futuristic
  • Class: Licensed
  • Rarity Rating: "B-"
  • Game Format: DVD Disk
  • Condition: Used, in excellent condition

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