Shoot! Dodge! and... Get Hit!? "Ikaruga" is a vertical shoot 'em up that features an unique polarity-switching gameplay. Switch the ship's polarity and "get hit and absorb" enemy bullets! Achieve High Score with the chain bonus!
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Positive (16 reviews) - 93% of the 16 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (932 reviews) - 96% of the 932 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014

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Shoot! Dodge! and... Get Hit!?

Ikaruga is a vertical shoot 'em up that features an unique polarity-switching gameplay.
Switch the ship's polarity and "get hit and absorb" enemy bullets!
Achieve High Score with the chain bonus!

Features

  • The player ship, all enemies and bullets are black or white.
    Player's polarity can be switched at will.
  • Your ship can absorb enemy bullets of the same polarity.
    Filled energy goes to fire powerful homing lasers! (Release Power)
  • Defeat 3 enemies in a row of the same polarity and get the chain bonus!
    Building up high scores feels like a puzzle game?
  • Spectacular 3D graphics. Fast and smooth game play.
  • 2 Players game (Local) and
    Double Play Mode: You can play 2 Players game with one controller.
  • 5 levels. Tactical level design and boss battles.
  • 3 difficulty levels: EASY, NORMAL, HARD.
    Change your tactics depending on the difficulty.
  • 2 Game modes: ARCADE, PROTOTYPE (not hidden).
  • Replay data save is available.
    You can also download them from the Leaderboards.
  • Vertical screen mode support.
    You can also play the game like a side-scrolling shooter by rotating only the game screen.
  • Xbox360 controller, Keyboard and Mouse support.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo / Athron64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c support (256 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c support
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel or AMD multicore processor recently 5 years
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA or AMD in recently 5 years
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c support
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spectrumbots42
( 32.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Ikaruga's biggest strength is the fact that it plays like a puzzle game despite it being a shump. Unlike Radiant Silvergun, there are only two weapons (standard shot, and a series of lasers), and enemies have two color schemes (black and white) as suppose to three (red, blue, and yellow). Ikaruga has several improvements over Silvergun: The game is more fast-paced than its predecessor, as well as greatly reducing the clutter on the controls (you no longer need to press multiple buttons Simultaneously to initiate a special move). It does have its flaws: the game is rather short and can beaten within 25 to 50 minutes, the visibility between enemies and obstacles can be hard to tell at times, as well as the lack of proper power-ups (as enemy chains only effect the score and rank). Nonetheless, Ikaruga is a fantastic title in its own right and if you're a fan of bullet hell games, or various Treasure games like Dynamite Headdy or Mischief Makers, this game is for you!
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mindblaster42
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
shmups at it best
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Jebby71
( 222.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
This game is Premo!!! Play it now and achieve something for yourself, very difficult and bad ♥♥♥ game.
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John Trilbyhats
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
the music is so amazing like who nellies
and the game is cool too i guess
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Kento
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
extremely difficult game but also extremely fun! the polarity ability adds to the challenge of dodging bullets by absorbing them and having to constantly switch back and forth to avoid getting pinned down into a corner, timing is everything!

Really love the boss designs too.
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rinick
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
it was released 15 years ago, but today I still can't find any shooting game that's better than this.
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Rusker
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
The idea of switching sides and absorbing bullets is cool, but there are some difficulty spikes in the middle of the levels that make the game not enjoyable at all. Repeating the same level multiple times just to die every time in the same spot (I'm looking at you, level 2) while the rest of the level is trivial doesn't seem right to me.
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World Supreme Dicky Diddler 2102
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
It's ♥♥♥♥ing Ikaruga, dude. If you're into bullet hells you owe it to yourself to play this at least once.
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danielstellar
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Shortly after I started playing it, Ikaruga became my favourite game I have ever played. Its visual style is stunning... this is one of the games you will reconize from kilometers. And gameplay (polarity system) is so good... IT MAKES ANY OTHER GAME LOOK LIKE AS*! The game is hard, that is for sure, but with practice it becase just more and more enjoyable to play it over and over again. Also, the game features "appendix" mode, a gallery of illustrations and desings of characters and vhenicles from the game and its backstory and I was amazed by the detail and quality of the material in the gallery! Its stunning! And also the soundtrack from the game is the best one I have ever heard and you can listen to it in that mode also.
In addition to classic arcade mode, game has prototype mode and chapter select, where you can perfectcize a chapter you are having a trouble with.
Best shoot 'em up ever created... and one of the best games ever created that deserves to be in the same line with Half life 2 and similar games of that kind...
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mud
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
We'll meet again someday soon.
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[DFS] Sir Diabeetus
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Ikaruga was developed by TREASURE, the same developer who made Gunstar Heroes, Guardian Heroes, Sin & Punishment, Radiant Silvergun, etc. This game was originally a Japan-exclusive game to the Arcades and the Dreamcast. It was released worldwide for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003. This is game was also released to Xbox Live in 2011. then Steam port was released in February 18, 2014.

This game doesn't really feature power-ups, but it features a unique mechanic in exchange. This game allows you to change the prolarity of your ship to light and dark. If you chose the wrong polarity for the ship, you're basically screwed.

Ikarugua is really known for the challenge. Try playing it in hard mode, and you'll know why this game is seriously difficult. Ikarugua may be known for its difficulty, but it's also really addictive. The levels are really well-made and the music is really amazing in my opinion. The graphics are really good for this year. The Steam port of Ikarugua has gamepad support. I tested this game with a Xbox One controller, and it works pretty well. I'm not sure if this works with any gamepad other than a Xbox One controller, so can anyone please confirm it? The controls were very reponsive and stiff.

Just because this game is really good, that doesn't mean it has its flaws. One of the issues I have about this game is the story seems non-existent. The another issues is because of its difficulty, this game can possibly make someone throw a controller (or keyboard) to the wall. Ikaruga doesn't have many levels, and the levels are short if you mastered the game.

Pros
  • Unique Design
  • Amazing Soundtrack
  • Very Addictive
  • Challenging
  • Extremely Fun
  • Very Nice Gameplay
  • Amazing Graphics
  • Gamepad Support
  • Responsive Controls

Cons
  • Can take you a long time to beat the game
  • I know added the difficulty as a pro, but it also can be a con to others
  • Doesn't have many levels
  • Levels are short if you mastered the game
  • Non-existent Story

I recommend you to buy this game. It's one of the best shooters (Not counting FPS) in steam. I'm also updating this review to change something

Reviewer's Notes
This is my first review, so please give me some feedback. I have low hours in this game, but I encourage you to try this game.
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William Anthonio Zeppeli
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
Pros.
-the ability to switch between light and dark modes that absorb bullets of the same color and do more damage to enemies of the opposite color
-great level design.
-very difficult
-satisfying gameplay
cons
-non-existant plot
-very short
- forgettible music
Final overall score 7/10
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FudoAkira
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
I had to clear it in free mode, so really, anyone can pick up this game and beat it....eventually.
It is, under normal circumstances, almost inhumanly challenging, so BE WARNED.
It's a good looking, great running shoot-em-up (SHMUP, for the uninitiated) with a killer soundtrack.
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Panamon
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
Pretty good shooter. Really fun and glorious. Awesome music too.

Too bad the devs forgot the first 15 levels out of 20!
It starts HARD and quicky turns into a fv(<!n§ HELL!!


And SO, what do these things have in common? Ikebana, Martial Arts, Anti-Tsunami barriers, Origami, Tea Ceremony, Ikaruga?

Answer: a complete obsession for total, asbolute control. Made in Japan.
This is a game made by perfectionists, that REALLY needs PERFECTION to be mastered,

Only for stubborn (and Japanese) players: you are advised!

PS: Oh, I love Japanese shape of mind so much. You guys really give a new sense to the word "gambarimasu!"
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Hori
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Buy this game.
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Pan Dimensional Being
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
I've loved this game since I got it on Dreamcast, and on GameCube, and I play it at my local arcade. The point is it's amazing.
The ability to switch color in order to absorb some bullets and become susceptible to others really adds new depth to the genre and is applied brilliantly.
The gameplay is fun and quick and gets more challenging as you go.
Definitely recommended for anyone who loves the R-Type or space shooter games.
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CAT
( 107.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
People are really getting into today’s most seemingly popular games such as Undertale, Minecraft, and the Five Nights at Freddy’s series, that’s for sure. No wonder why all the poor old-school types were just left behind and remembered only as a childhood memory, but when I hear someone with the word “Ikaruga” coming out of their lips, I think about one of my most favorite games of all time. Ikaruga is a vertical-scrolling game that takes role as the successor to its “prequel”, Radiant Silvergun, which never really met my expectations. Unlike Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun focused primarily on special attacks, powerups, upgrades – it’d almost remind you of the Raiden series. Now, some people on the internet nowadays claim Ikaruga as an overrated title – well, they’re wrong. True, Radiant Silvergun is not at all a bad game - you can’t go wrong with that, but you certainly can’t go wrong with Ikaruga, either. It’s not just a black and white world, but it’s also quite a brain-workout. I give it a shiny A++.
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Ark161
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 2
If you are a fan of the typical/standard SHMUP, Ikaruga is for you. However, there are a few pros/cons that need to be addressed.

Pros:
- Very solid SHMUP
- Competitive gameplay
- Local Co-Op
- Art/Graphics are pretty good

Cons
- Polarity system will screw you.
- Certain enemies that one would consider to be mini/sub bosses are concidered "normal enemies"
- Bullet algorithems easily trap you against walls and other enemies (even on easiest difficulty)
- No weapon variation
- High scores disabled if you enable "free play"
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Carl Winslow
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
This game is too ♥♥♥♥ing hard. I'm not asian or autistic.
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Lucía Culito Prieto
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
You really were expecting to run away like that? Was your plan perhaps "I will go into the negative reviews and be relieved from those horrible people who happen to like the game"? Think again! Here I am to tell you this game is amazing to the point this becomes a negative thing. What now?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Ikaruga's biggest strength is the fact that it plays like a puzzle game despite it being a shump. Unlike Radiant Silvergun, there are only two weapons (standard shot, and a series of lasers), and enemies have two color schemes (black and white) as suppose to three (red, blue, and yellow). Ikaruga has several improvements over Silvergun: The game is more fast-paced than its predecessor, as well as greatly reducing the clutter on the controls (you no longer need to press multiple buttons Simultaneously to initiate a special move). It does have its flaws: the game is rather short and can beaten within 25 to 50 minutes, the visibility between enemies and obstacles can be hard to tell at times, as well as the lack of proper power-ups (as enemy chains only effect the score and rank). Nonetheless, Ikaruga is a fantastic title in its own right and if you're a fan of bullet hell games, or various Treasure games like Dynamite Headdy or Mischief Makers, this game is for you!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
I've loved this game since I got it on Dreamcast, and on GameCube, and I play it at my local arcade. The point is it's amazing.
The ability to switch color in order to absorb some bullets and become susceptible to others really adds new depth to the genre and is applied brilliantly.
The gameplay is fun and quick and gets more challenging as you go.
Definitely recommended for anyone who loves the R-Type or space shooter games.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever really find someone that will truely understand me,kindred spirits or soulmates even. Then I think to myself...but no one has been able to co-op 1 coin clear IKARUGA, and the rest becomes easy.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
For a casual gamer like myself it's pretty hardcore. Had it on console back in the day. Seemed to remember it being easier than this. Anyway, read another more articulate reviewer who takes actual time and effort to explain the black and white polarity madness.

It's so much fun I cannot adequately put it in to words.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Ikaruga was developed by TREASURE, the same developer who made Gunstar Heroes, Guardian Heroes, Sin & Punishment, Radiant Silvergun, etc. This game was originally a Japan-exclusive game to the Arcades and the Dreamcast. It was released worldwide for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2003. This is game was also released to Xbox Live in 2011. then Steam port was released in February 18, 2014.

This game doesn't really feature power-ups, but it features a unique mechanic in exchange. This game allows you to change the prolarity of your ship to light and dark. If you chose the wrong polarity for the ship, you're basically screwed.

Ikarugua is really known for the challenge. Try playing it in hard mode, and you'll know why this game is seriously difficult. Ikarugua may be known for its difficulty, but it's also really addictive. The levels are really well-made and the music is really amazing in my opinion. The graphics are really good for this year. The Steam port of Ikarugua has gamepad support. I tested this game with a Xbox One controller, and it works pretty well. I'm not sure if this works with any gamepad other than a Xbox One controller, so can anyone please confirm it? The controls were very reponsive and stiff.

Just because this game is really good, that doesn't mean it has its flaws. One of the issues I have about this game is the story seems non-existent. The another issues is because of its difficulty, this game can possibly make someone throw a controller (or keyboard) to the wall. Ikaruga doesn't have many levels, and the levels are short if you mastered the game.

Pros
  • Unique Design
  • Amazing Soundtrack
  • Very Addictive
  • Challenging
  • Extremely Fun
  • Very Nice Gameplay
  • Amazing Graphics
  • Gamepad Support
  • Responsive Controls

Cons
  • Can take you a long time to beat the game
  • I know added the difficulty as a pro, but it also can be a con to others
  • Doesn't have many levels
  • Levels are short if you mastered the game
  • Non-existent Story

I recommend you to buy this game. It's one of the best shooters (Not counting FPS) in steam. I'm also updating this review to change something

Reviewer's Notes
This is my first review, so please give me some feedback. I have low hours in this game, but I encourage you to try this game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
The idea of switching sides and absorbing bullets is cool, but there are some difficulty spikes in the middle of the levels that make the game not enjoyable at all. Repeating the same level multiple times just to die every time in the same spot (I'm looking at you, level 2) while the rest of the level is trivial doesn't seem right to me.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
304 of 429 people (71%) found this review helpful
184 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Hello steam sale detectives
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
If you ever need to increase your blood pressure without the use of medications, simply play Ikaruga with three lives and no continues.
For the love of all that is good, no one make me a doctor.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Best Bullet Hell SHMUP ever (IMHO and many others)!!!

This game is accessible to everyone by changing difficulty, lives and continues. If you think you're good just play it on normal and grab yourself some tissue.

Last but not least one of the most powerful game soundtracks produced.

Buy it right now @50% off (Black Friday Sale 2015) as the game does not go on sale often if ever.

SCORE: 5/5

(I have only about 40 mins of playtime on Steam with Ikaruga. This is the 4th time I have bought the game DC/GC/XBL and now Steam)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I already own the game, but it was a pleasant surprise to have to come here for a badge and free XP.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Kinda sad that this gem from such a reputable dev like Treasure had to go through Greenlight.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
Your frothing demand should be increasing for this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
Shoot everything! Dodge everything! Shoot dodging! Dodge shooting!
Everything above x 2 due to color switching!

And enjoy the scenario details!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
A beautiful Shoot'em Up ! Classic & difficult.
Great GFX, beautiful effects

Highly recommended

Don't be nervous... or you will die ! Keep eyes opened !
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
“Wasted potential” comes to mind thinking about Ikaruga. A truly awesome mechanic that has never been used before wasted for a puzzle game.

The boss fights give a glimpse of what could have been, if Treasure had designed the game around survival play and surprise, surprise, they are the best parts of the game. (the first boss excluded, which is quite boring).

I simply can't be bothered to learn to chain since it's just not much fun. I tried it on the first stage, since it's quite easy there, but on stage 2 it's already way harder — and not just to properly chain while staying alive, but even more so to just figure out a route.

That really is the heart of Ikaruga: figuring out the best route to chain all the enemies and then of course also pull it off. I don't really care for that tough and especially not when I'm playing a shooting game.

Compared to other games with bad scoring systems like Dodonpachi, Ikaruga is way more designed around its scoring system — to such a point really that when you play for survival, the flow of the game (and the logic of the game world) is totally ♥♥♥♥ed up. There are long parts where all you do is change polarity every couple seconds and that's it. Enemies that don't even shoot at you are commonplace in Ikaruga, sections where you don't have to do almost anything in order to survive, plentiful.

Dodonpachi is at least still fun to play when you ignore scoring, Ikaruga is just depressing when you play it that way.
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14 of 27 people (52%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Red Herring ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

1. Make sure you're logged in and go to the Steam store page in your web browser (not Steam's one! Use Opera or Chrome as Firefox doesn't seem to work with this).
2. Go to Ikaruga's page.
3. Go to the search bar above and type "search" then press enter.
4. Type 1v7531 in the popup and hit enter.
5. BADGE!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
The ultimate challenge, totally worth its price. Highly recommended for hardcore players.
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393 of 453 people (87%) found this review helpful
292 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Buy Ikaruga if you think Dark Souls is too easy.
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199 of 219 people (91%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
Recommended
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Ikaruga is a harsh mistress. She is a love you cannot conquer, she is a complex beauty who demands perfection. Your best will never truly please her, she will make you feel inadequate at every moment, and yet you cannot stop trying to win her heart. When you are with her, any mistake you make will sting a thousand times worse. And she will make you furious, she will make you cry, she will drive you crazy, but you cannot stop loving her, because there is nothing else in the world that can compare to what she is.

Pros:
- She is perfection.

Cons:
- You are not.

Other thoughts:
- achievements are not broken down to different game play modes (easy/normal/hard/prototype mode). Also, Dot Eater is not linked to any level, you can get it in any mode.
- extra "double play" game modes not found in the console version.
- almost every combination of screen rotations are supported, which is great. It looks incredible on a pivot monitor.
- the game select at the start does not show the player character anymore (it uses the high score screen background instead)
- no training mode options to restart a level (you will need this a lot), or to start mid-level (GCN version had this I believe).
- to unlock a level on any difficulty, you just have to credit feed the game on easy mode. This also gets you the achievements for beating a boss. On the Dreamcast, you could only use training on levels you managed to reach with 1 credit, on the specific difficulty you reached it with.
- you cannot define analog axes as buttons, so on a non-xbox pad you may not be able to configure a trigger for the laser release. But the game supports just about any non-xinput pad other than this, which is great.
- when using level select to play the Final stage, the Stone-Like sequence is omitted! Boo!
- Downloaded replays tend to desync more often than not, what is up with that?
- tip: some levels are easier to get S++ score on with prototype mode.
- where's Radiant Silvergun?
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193 of 224 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
After roughly 4000+ hours in this game over all the console versions. I still feel like nobody ever quite explained it as well as Greg Kasavin did, so here's his review. Notice this is the GameCube version he's reviewing, and all versions have very slight differences, but the XBLA version added the most "features" so to speak, and that's mainly what we got with this version. It fixed a lot of things the XBLA port got wrong from the arcade and DC/GC versions. My only nitpick is, they didn't include online co-op which the 360 version had, which hopefully they'll patch in at a later date. And there are people who have latency issues with the game at the moment so hopefully that's fixed fast. I also really hope Treasure VAC protects the game at some point as well. Another sad thing I guess is, the previously announced Trading Cards are now no longer happening, apparantly, the store page isn't even listing them anymore even though Treasure themselves confirmed them...

So, best review of the game ever - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4fzFvQzWtw

Go buy it!
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