History VideoGame / Ikaruga

12th Mar '17 9:37:25 PM 4444jdm
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* LighterAndSofter: Compared to ''Radiant Silvergun''. The story is somewhat more positive in tone, and ends with [[spoiler:a BittersweetEnding rather than one where [[StableTimeLoop nothing]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog gets fixed]].]] The game is also [[SequelDifficultyDrop easier]].

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* LighterAndSofter: Compared Reconstructed, compared to ''Radiant Silvergun''. The story is somewhat more positive in tone, and ends with [[spoiler:a BittersweetEnding rather than one where [[StableTimeLoop nothing]] [[ShootTheShaggyDog gets fixed]].]] The game is also [[SequelDifficultyDrop easier]].
22nd Feb '17 2:55:44 PM Xtifr
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'''''Ikaruga''''' is a modernized take on the "BulletHell" school of [[ShootEmUp Shoot 'em Ups]], developed by Creator/{{Treasure}}. It's widely regarded as one of the best examples of the genre, and a SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''.

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'''''Ikaruga''''' ''Ikaruga'' is a modernized take on the "BulletHell" school of [[ShootEmUp Shoot 'em Ups]], developed by Creator/{{Treasure}}. It's widely regarded as one of the best examples of the genre, and a SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''.
9th Feb '17 12:27:18 AM LucaEarlgrey
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9th Feb '17 12:27:07 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* ScoringPoints: The game uses ''RSG''[='=]s chaining system, but with a few twists to make it more beginner friendly: After every three enemies you are allowed to change enemy color, and the chain bonus maxes out sooner at 25,600 points for your 9th chain and above, meaning screwing up once won't completely wreck your score. Additionally, since scoring is not tied to your ship's firepower, it is possible to complete the game in a reasonable timeframe without any regard to scoring.
24th Jan '17 12:54:34 AM LucaEarlgrey
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->''"[[TheDeterminator I will not die until I achieve something.]]\\
[[BulletHell Even though the]] [[NintendoHard ideal is high,]] [[StiffUpperLip I never give in.]]\\
[[HaveANiceDeath Therefore, I never die with regrets.]]"''

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->''"[[TheDeterminator I ->''"I will not die until I achieve something.]]\\
[[BulletHell
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Even though the]] [[NintendoHard the ideal is high,]] [[StiffUpperLip high, I never give in.]]\\
[[HaveANiceDeath
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Therefore, I never die with regrets.]]"''"''
11th Dec '16 12:33:33 PM spaceace72
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** ''I will not die until I achieve something''
22nd Nov '16 6:34:42 PM 4444jdm
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** SpiritualAntithesis: Simultaneously. Silvergun featured a large assort of weapons and power-ups, Ikaruga has none. Silvergun ''requires'' learning how to score in order to keep weapons powered up, but Ikaruga can be reliably completed without learning how to score and in fact recognizes {{Pacifist Run}}s. Silvergun has a bright, colorful environment and anime-esque cutscenes, Ikaruga's confined mostly to red/blacks and white/blues and uses much more realistic character designs. Silvergun's story starts comical but swiftly becomes an impossible struggle against an omnipotent godlike entity [[spoiler: which ends with everyone's death and the cycle beginning anew]], Ikaruga's story starts with the sole survivor of a failed resistance movement charging off to face an unstoppable army's entire force ''alone'' [[spoiler: and ''winning'', even managing to destroy the entity from ''Silvergun'' in a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]

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** SpiritualAntithesis: Simultaneously. Silvergun featured a large assort of weapons and power-ups, Ikaruga only has none.fewer simple weapons. Silvergun ''requires'' learning how to score in order to keep weapons powered up, but Ikaruga can be reliably completed without learning how to score and in fact recognizes {{Pacifist Run}}s. Silvergun has a bright, colorful environment and anime-esque cutscenes, Ikaruga's confined mostly to red/blacks and white/blues and uses much more realistic character designs. Silvergun's story starts comical but swiftly becomes an impossible struggle against an omnipotent godlike entity [[spoiler: which ends with everyone's death and the cycle beginning anew]], Ikaruga's story starts with the sole survivor of a failed resistance movement charging off to face an unstoppable army's entire force ''alone'' [[spoiler: and ''winning'', even managing to destroy the entity from ''Silvergun'' in a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]
26th Jun '16 5:49:34 AM Androgeos
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* AllThereInTheManual: In the true tradition of shoot 'em ups, the only place you will find anything remotely resembling a coherent plot for the game. And not even then, in the [=GameCube=] version.

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* AllThereInTheManual: In the true tradition of shoot 'em ups, the only place you will find anything remotely resembling a coherent plot for the game. And not even then, in that for the [=GameCube=] version.



* [[spoiler: ArtifactOfDoom: The Stone-Like.]]

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* [[spoiler: ArtifactOfDoom: The Stone-Like.]]PostFinalBoss



* BigBad: Horai Tenro.
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun The Stone-Like.]]]]

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* BigBad: Horai Tenro.
Tenro
** BiggerBad: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun The Stone-Like.]]]]PostFinalBoss



* BioAugmentation: This is Kagari's InformedAbility, which in-universe makes her more resistant to CombatBreakdown than a normal human like Shinra.



* ChainReactionDestruction: A lot of of the bosses do that when killed.
* ChargedAttack: The "collect" kind. Notably, you can use the attack even if the meter isn't fully charged; you just get less homing lasers from your BeamSpam.

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* ChainReactionDestruction: A lot of Most of the bosses do that this when killed.
killed, with parts of them breaking away and blowing up with smaller accompanying shockwaves just before their central part explodes violently.
* ChargedAttack: The "collect" kind. Notably, you can use the attack even if the meter isn't fully charged; you just get less fewer homing lasers from your BeamSpam.



* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The final attack, which involves releasing all the ship's [[PowerLimiter restraining devices]] and has a very good chance of blowing it up.

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* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Ikaruga's and Ginkei's final attack, which involves releasing all the ship's [[PowerLimiter restraining devices]] and has a very good chance of blowing it up.



* DeathSeeker: Kagari.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Your ship's HeroicSacrifice at the end.]]
** Or BittersweetEnding. Though you will have to consider [[spoiler: the last chapter is called Metempsychosis, or "moving from one life to the next."]]
*** [[spoiler: Shinra managed to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destroy the Stone-Like]], breaking the cycle from ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''.]]
* TheEmpire: The Horai.
* EternalRecurrence: Spelled out as such in the final chapter [[spoiler: and then defied with the destruction of the Stone-Like.]]

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* DeathSeeker: Kagari.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Your ship's HeroicSacrifice at the end.]]
** Or BittersweetEnding. Though you will have to consider [[spoiler: the last chapter is called Metempsychosis, or "moving from one life to the next."]]
*** [[spoiler:
{{Determinator}}: Shinra managed to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destroy is stated in the Stone-Like]], breaking backstory as someone who, despite being cool-headed, is also very adamant in his beliefs. This, combined with his goal of wanting to have absolutely no regrets when he dies, sometimes makes him look like a DeathSeeker in the cycle from ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''.]]
eyes of others.
* TheEmpire: The Horai.
Horai
* EternalRecurrence: Spelled out as such in the final chapter [[spoiler: and then defied with the destruction of the Stone-Like.]]PostFinalBoss.



* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:The Stone-Like, in contrast to its BlueAndOrangeMorality nature in VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun, is shown to be downright evil here, being the driving factor that motivates the Horai to begin their conquest of the world in the first place.]]
* AGodAmI: Horai Tenro and her followers, once they found the [[ArtifactOfDoom The Power of the Gods]] and started calling themselves the Divine Ones.

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* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:The Stone-Like, The [[spoiler:Stone-Like]], in contrast to its BlueAndOrangeMorality nature in VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun, is shown to be downright evil here, being the driving factor that motivates the Horai to begin their conquest of the world in the first place.]]
place.
* AGodAmI: Horai Tenro and her followers, once they found the [[ArtifactOfDoom The Power of the Gods]] and started calling themselves the Divine Ones.



* HeelFaceTurn / DefeatMeansFriendship: Kagari in the prologue.
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
* HitboxDissonance: Knowing the exact position of your hitbox is vital to getting the Dot Eater rank. You have to be very precise in your positioning in order to get past walls, blocks, and enemies you're normally suppose to shoot to safely progress.
* HoldTheLine: [[spoiler:Just like ''Radiant Silvergun'', the PostFinalBoss disables your weapons. The only objective is to survive for 60 seconds.]]
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler:After defeating Tageri, the Stone-Like appears and attacks you with several different patterns of bullets for 60 seconds. You can't even shoot, much less damage it. After you dodge and absorb the BulletHell, the Ikaruga performs a HeroicSacrifice with the energy charged up during that time. Shinra [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]] according to the storyline in the Japanese version.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn / DefeatMeansFriendship: Shinra is attacked by Kagari in the prologue.
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]
prologue. After he defeats her ''and'' stops her from committing suicide, she decides to help him out instead.
* HitboxDissonance: Knowing the exact position of your hitbox is vital to getting the Dot Eater Eater! rank. You have to be very precise in your positioning in order to get past walls, blocks, and enemies you're normally suppose to shoot to safely progress.
* HoldTheLine: [[spoiler:Just Just like ''Radiant Silvergun'', the [[spoiler:the PostFinalBoss disables your weapons.weapons]]. The only objective is to survive for 60 seconds.]]
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler:After defeating Tageri, the Stone-Like appears and attacks you with several different patterns of bullets for 60 seconds. You can't even shoot, much less damage it. After you dodge and absorb the BulletHell, the Ikaruga performs a HeroicSacrifice with the energy charged up during that time. Shinra [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]] according to the storyline in the Japanese version.]]



* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: Kagari, although this is not apparent beyond the backstory. After meeting Shinra, as well as the villagers who gave him the Ikaruga and outfitted her Ginkei with the same ReversePolarity technology that exists on the Ikaruga, she found their idea of "freedom" to be something that could possibly surpass Horai's goal of conquest, and wants to see it for herself before she dies.



* OneHitPointWonder

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* OneHitPointWonderOneHitPointWonder: The Ikaruga and Ginkei can absorb unlimited hits from shots of the same color as their current polarity. Take one hit from a shot of the opposite color, however, and...'''''[[StuffBlowingUp boum]]'''''.



* PowerLimiter: The Ikaruga and Ginkei have these to prevent their ships from blowing themselves up with excess power. [[spoiler: Turning this off allows the pilot(s) to use the DangerousForbiddenTechnique and destroy the final boss in a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: The final boss. Even better, the boss's health is scaled so that if you hit every return shot it'll die exactly at the end of the musical phrase.

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* PowerLimiter: The Ikaruga and Ginkei have these to prevent their ships from blowing themselves up with from storing too much excess power. [[spoiler: Turning this off allows the pilot(s) to use the DangerousForbiddenTechnique and destroy the final boss in a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: The final boss. Even better, PyrrhicVictory: Shinra and Kagari [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu destroy the boss's health is scaled so that if you hit every return shot it'll die exactly at Stone-Like]], breaking the end of cycle from ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'', but [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies they die]] [[HeroicSacrifice in the musical phrase.process]]]].



* RuleOfSymbolism: The chapter titles- Ideal, Trial, Faith, Reality and Metempsychosis- represent Man's struggle towards enlightenment, with the aura-enveloped Ikaruga craft symbolising the human soul. Apparently.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: The chapter titles- Ideal, titles—Ideal, Trial, Faith, Reality and Metempsychosis- represent Metempsychosis—represent Man's struggle towards enlightenment, with the aura-enveloped Ikaruga craft symbolising the human soul. Apparently.Apparently.
* SeeminglyHopelessBossFight: After defeating Tageri, [[spoiler:the Stone-Like emerges from the remains]] and attacks you with several different patterns of bullets for 60 seconds. You can't even shoot, much less damage it. After you dodge and absorb the BulletHell, your ship [[spoiler:performs a HeroicSacrifice BeamSpam with the energy charged up during that time. Shinra [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]] according to the storyline in the Japanese version.]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''. [[spoiler: The real last boss' very definitely final form, and [[AllThereInTheManual what happened to those that came across it]] is extremely similar to what happened to the researchers in ''Silvergun''.]]
** SpiritualAntithesis: Simultaneously. Silvergun featured a large assort of weapons and power-ups, Ikaruga has none. Silvergun ''requires'' learning how to score in order to keep weapons powered up, but Ikaruga can be reliably completed without learning how to score and in fact recognizes {{Pacifist Run}}s. Silvergun has a bright, colorful environment and anime-esque cutscenes, Ikaruga's confined mostly to red/blacks and white/blues and uses much more realistic character designs. Silvergun's story starts comical but swiftly becomes an impossible struggle against an omnipotent godlike entity [[spoiler: which ends with everyone's death and the cycle beginning anew]], Ikaruga's story starts with the sole survivor of a failed resistance movement charging off to face an unstoppable army's entire force ''alone'' [[spoiler: and ''winning'', even managing to destroy the entity from Silvergun in a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]
* SuicideMission

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun''. [[spoiler: The real last boss' Tageri's very definitely final form, and [[AllThereInTheManual what happened to those that who came across it]] it]], is extremely similar to what happened to the researchers in ''Silvergun''.]]
''Silvergun''.
** SpiritualAntithesis: Simultaneously. Silvergun featured a large assort of weapons and power-ups, Ikaruga has none. Silvergun ''requires'' learning how to score in order to keep weapons powered up, but Ikaruga can be reliably completed without learning how to score and in fact recognizes {{Pacifist Run}}s. Silvergun has a bright, colorful environment and anime-esque cutscenes, Ikaruga's confined mostly to red/blacks and white/blues and uses much more realistic character designs. Silvergun's story starts comical but swiftly becomes an impossible struggle against an omnipotent godlike entity [[spoiler: which ends with everyone's death and the cycle beginning anew]], Ikaruga's story starts with the sole survivor of a failed resistance movement charging off to face an unstoppable army's entire force ''alone'' [[spoiler: and ''winning'', even managing to destroy the entity from Silvergun ''Silvergun'' in a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]
* SuicideMissionTennisBoss: Battling Tageri can provide shades of this as both it and you trade homing lasers with each other. Even better, its health is scaled so that if you hit every return shot, [[MickeyMousing it'll die exactly at the end of the musical phrase]]. However, given that Tageri has 30-odd life bars, which are progressively depleted each time it takes a hit from your weapons fire, this trope is ultimately a subversion.



* TimeLimitBoss: Every boss battle, though you don't lose if time runs out... the boss simply moves on to other, more important things, leaving you free to go on. Apparently. Eboshidori will even FacePalm!

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* TimeLimitBoss: Every boss battle, though you don't lose if time runs out... the boss simply moves on to other, more important things, leaving you free to go on. Apparently. Eboshidori will even FacePalm!FacePalm[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh8UskS0Gl8&t=04m09s ]]!



* TouchedByVorlons: The ruler of the Horai was a beautiful woman who came across the [[spoiler:Stone-Like God via excavation]]. She turns into a powerful, insane old hag bent on conquest.

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* TouchedByVorlons: The ruler of the Horai was a beautiful woman who came across the [[spoiler:Stone-Like God via [[spoiler:the Stone-Like during an excavation]]. She turns into a powerful, insane old hag bent on conquest.
13th Jun '16 10:41:30 AM FurryKef
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* BossWarningSiren: In the same vein as ''Radiant Silvergun'': "'''WARNING:''' The big enemy is approaching at full throttle. According to the data, it is identified as "Butsutekkai". ''' NO REFUGE'''"

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* BossWarningSiren: In the same vein as ''Radiant Silvergun'': "'''WARNING:''' The big enemy is approaching at full throttle. According to the data, it is identified as "Butsutekkai".'Butsutekkai'. ''' NO REFUGE'''"
12th Jun '16 9:58:36 PM LucaEarlgrey
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** SpiritualAntithesis: Simultaneously. Silvergun featured a large assort of weapons and power-ups, Ikaruga has none. Silvergun has a bright, colorful environment and anime-esque cutscenes, Ikaruga's confined mostly to red/blacks and white/blues and uses much more realistic character designs. Silvergun's story starts comical but swiftly becomes an impossible struggle against an omnipotent godlike entity [[spoiler: which ends with everyone's death and the cycle beginning anew]], Ikaruga's story starts with the sole survivor of a failed resistance movement charging off to face an unstoppable army's entire force ''alone'' [[spoiler: and ''winning'', even managing to destroy the entity from Silvergun in a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]

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** SpiritualAntithesis: Simultaneously. Silvergun featured a large assort of weapons and power-ups, Ikaruga has none. Silvergun ''requires'' learning how to score in order to keep weapons powered up, but Ikaruga can be reliably completed without learning how to score and in fact recognizes {{Pacifist Run}}s. Silvergun has a bright, colorful environment and anime-esque cutscenes, Ikaruga's confined mostly to red/blacks and white/blues and uses much more realistic character designs. Silvergun's story starts comical but swiftly becomes an impossible struggle against an omnipotent godlike entity [[spoiler: which ends with everyone's death and the cycle beginning anew]], Ikaruga's story starts with the sole survivor of a failed resistance movement charging off to face an unstoppable army's entire force ''alone'' [[spoiler: and ''winning'', even managing to destroy the entity from Silvergun in a DyingMomentOfAwesome.]]
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