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YMMV: Ikaruga
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Butsutekkai's theme.
  • Breather Level: Chapter 5, which is substantially easier than the previous two chapters and has extremely simple chaining. Even the Bosses In Mook Clothing that show up at the end of the pre-boss section that fire massive bullet storms only fire in one color, allowing you to easily build up your homing laser attack to finish them off. Of course, all this is just to give you time to relax before the final two bosses.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Due to a programming glitch in the Gamecube port, it is possible to trick the game into giving you an extra continue on no continue runs by unplugging your controller from the first slot and plugging it back into the second controller slot on your last life of your continue.
  • Memetic Mutation: NO REFUGE
  • Most Annoying Sound: 1 CHAIN. 1 CHAIN. 1 CHAIN. 2 CH—1 CHAIN.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: MAX CHAIN. MAX CHAIN. MAX CHAIN.
  • Polished Port: First the 360 version giving the game a graphical overhaul and then the PC version which added a host of new features.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The memorization-based chaining is back! Fortunately, it is now easier (you can change color after each chain) and optional (score is no longer tied to weapon power).
  • So Cool It's Awesome: Like Radiant Silvergun, this game is considered by many fans to be one of the best Shoot 'Em Ups of all time.
  • That One Boss: The level four boss.
  • That One Level: Chapter 4: Reality
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: 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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