Ikaruga is a Shooting game available on the 360. It can be played in Singleplayer modes.
Ikaruga is a Shooting game. Shooting games present a world in which the character must shoot their way out of dangerous situations. They provide the player with an array of weapons tailored to specific tasks. This unavoidably involves a combination of fisticuffs and gun based fighting that dictates the violent nature of these experiences. Beneath this harsh exterior though is often an intricate tactile game - and this is usually what drives the player.
Ikaruga can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
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Ikaruga XBLA provides a memorably difficult experience that rewards those willing to put time into its bullet saturated levels. Although the Achievements taunted me between games, once accomplished they became some of my most fondly remembered gaming moments.
Imbued with a large feeling of nostalgia, Ikaruga has succeeded in re-igniting my perennial love for traditional 2D shoot 'em ups. Timeless game play, intelligent level design, and a marvelous sense of challenge make Ikaruga as exciting as it is frustrating. Yet, Ikaruga has managed to provide me with a perpetual notion of achievement, as the more time I spent playing it, the more rewarding my experience became.
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