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Average Player Score Based on 2236 ratings
8.6
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Score Breakdown Based on 2236 ratings
  1. 10 (495)
  2. 9 (1174)
  3. 8 (396)
  4. 7 (86)
  5. 6 (22)
  6. 5 (12)
  7. 4 (6)
  8. 3 (4)
  9. 2 (9)
  10. 1 (32)

Most Helpful Positive Player Reviews

  • User Rating:8.3

    Come gamer to the dark side of the gamecube.

    Ikaruga comes from the same team as the ill-fated Radiant Silvergun on the Saturn, which some have claimed to be “the greatest shooter of all time”. With that kind of heritage, it should be expected to have some impressi... Read Full Review

    6 of 6 users found the following review helpful

What Gamespot Users have to say about Ikaruga

  • User Rating:9.3

    Perhaps the greatest shooter ever until Gradius V comes out. Unfortunately the game's difficultly level will scare off only the most hardcore and dedicated players. I really like this game since it distinguishes itself a... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.2

    Ikaruga is simply one of the better games this generation, and it's a tribute to all the great games of yesteryear.

    Nowadays, if you ask a casual gamer about shooters, they’ll talk about games such as GoldenEye, Doom, or TimeSplitters 2. If you asked an arcade gamer about them, that person would probably talk about many great classics... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1

    I picked up this game after readin several good reviews about it and because I've kind of been on a side-scrolling kick lately with Metal Slug 3. The game is a classic top-down plane shooter but with a unique twist that... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1

    Ikaruga. A different brand of vertical scrollers.

    If you look at the screenshots, you will see two main colors. Black and White. Only two main colors. Is it a minimalist shooter? No way. Gameplay Your ship can flip between 2 colors: White and Black. When you are W... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.4

    A game that will keep you going for hours on end.

    Ever since Ikaruga’s liberation, I was continuously attempting to stumble upon this title. Once I finally acquired this title, I concluded that it was worth the wait and played it for hours on end. It is the best pick-... Read Full Review

    2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.7

    very hard but also very fun

    Ikaruga is not for everyone. There's no point in being unrealistic here. It's for that rare breed of gamer who isn't afraid of inhuman challenge, who spends days practicing their routines, who will do anything to beat hi... Read Full Review

    0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.1

    Unapologetically hard, but beautiful in its difficulty.

    Any dyed-in-the-wool old-school gamer is nostalgic for the days of frustratingly hard space shooters like R-Type and Gradius, and it is unfortunate that so few games in this generation have catered to this deathless, if ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.8

    Tough as nails.

    Ikaruga takes old-school style shooters to a whole new level. This vertical shooter may be one of the hardest games ever made. Even the Easy mode is incredibly tough. But the gameplay is very addicting and quite captivat... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8

    Treasure gives us wings, though they’re made of wax.

    There’s a common mental illness in videogames where, no matter how accomplished its visuals may be, it never stays content with how it looks. ‘As soon as I get a sequel,’ it says, ‘I’m gonna drop these jaggies, lift my p... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9.6

    I urge you, as a gamer, to give it a fair shake. Sit down with it for an hour, even if you're not a shooter fan.

    [Excerpted from my review on Trigames.] Ikaruga, the "spiritual sequel" to Radiant Silvergun, is a vertically scrolling shooter with several gameplay elements that sound simple in words, but are astronomically difficu... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful