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Ikaruga

Platform(s): GameCube, PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Treasure
Release Date: April 15, 2003 (US), May 23, 2003 (EU)

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Atari Ships 'Ikaruga' For Nintendo GameCube

by Thomas on April 15, 2003 @ 6:25 a.m. PDT

Ikaruga is a scrolling space shooter that is an ideal combination of rich Japanese storytelling and high-powered, fighter pilot heroics. Players take the role of Shinra, the lone survivor of a freedom federation that was massacred by the evil, power-hungry conqueror Tenro Horai.

"Ikaruga delivers addictive gameplay combined with intense firepower that loyal fans of the shooter genre have come to expect," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Infogrames' Beverly studio. "With a phenomenal reputation that precedes it, Ikaruga is the import core gamers have been waiting for and more."

Ikaruga was originally developed for the arcade and for Sega DreamCast by Treasure -- a highly respected developer of console action games -- and has become one of the most beloved of all shooter titles. Those already familiar with Ikaruga will appreciate vital game upgrades such as enhanced graphics, a new demo mode that clues players in to the "perfect" round and private passwords that let high scorers post their accomplishments on the official Ikaruga Web site and establish bragging rights within the worldwide Ikaruga community.

Ikaruga is a comprehensive, scrolling space shooter (with options for either a vertical, horizontal or letterbox display) set in 2D, against a rich 3D backdrop. The game is an ideal combination of rich Japanese storytelling and high-powered, fighter pilot heroics. Players take the role of our hero, Shinra, the lone survivor of a freedom federation that was massacred by the evil, power-hungry conqueror Tenro Horai. Now Shinra, in his newly-built ship, the Ikaruga, must fight for an aging, exiled people who are depending upon him for their survival. Join the sole warrior as he battles the evil Horai in the hopes of restoring peace.

Ikaruga retails with an MSRP of $39.99.


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