Ikaruga is widely hailed as one of the best bullet hell/danmaku shooters ever made, and that's because it absolutely is. Treasure's superb arcade gem is beautiful, deep and involving, adding an extra tactical layer onto the hectic action thanks to its unique polarity mechanic, which allows players to instantly change between black and white forms to absorb incoming projectiles, avoid damage or dish out extra punishment at increased risk. It's wonderful; a genuinely essential experience for fans of the genre.
As you'd expect, PC owners snapped at a Steam Greenlight campaign within scant hours of its launch, and the finished product is now available for £6.99. Go.
Pro Tip: I should point out that Ikaruga is best played on a vertical orientation, with the option to rotate the screen in the options menu. If you can, I'd actually suggest tilting your PC monitor by 90º in order to enjoy the optimal gameplay and graphical experience (see below). It's a hilariously low-tech solution, and you'll feel a bit silly, but you won't care for long. We take no responsibility for any damage, mind!
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I don't know if I'm necessarily going to review Ikaruga yet, seeing as we already know that it's incredible, but I can assure you that this PC port is utterly superb. In fact, it's quite possibly the best version of the seminal game yet. However, some users report that it's not playable in offline mode due to a bug (as opposed to DRM).