I may be misrepresenting some systems in this game - blame the fact that as I try to play it, the PDF manual for it has vanished from Steam's servers.
If Ikaruga were not a puzzle game/memorization exercise, it would probably play like this. You have a dual-color system where you absorb some bullets and die from others in a convenient black-red and blue-white system. Also I guess you're a vampire or a part-vampire or something. That has nothing to do with gameplay but it seemed relevant given the title. It's playable but nothing standout for the genre?
Also I have no idea what the ♥♥♥♥ it is with these games, I'm just going to blame the rather unimpressive work I've seen from all Nyu Media-localized titles, but the resolution constantly seems off or stretched, despite the fact that you can only use specific ones the game itself allows you. It will grate on you anytime you see text or the game UI. It's ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
Purchase only if you really, really need more shooters and have run through EVERYTHING ELSE ON STEAM (save Razor2, that thing blows). This is the highlight of the eXceed trilogy, grab it if you only take one.
Posted: August 30th, 2013