After a good start yesterday, day two of Steam’s dozen-day Summer Sale isn’t necessarily obliterating our minds with savings, but there’s still some great values available today or through shorter-term flash sales. Within, find our picks for the best current deals on Steam. Don’t forget that GOG is having a summer sale of its own, too.
Ikaruga is my nemesis. It's a lean vertical shooter that can technically be completed in a half-hour run. There are no weapon upgrades, there's no ship customisation, there are no mission briefings. You're a lone freedom fighter on a quest to destroy the battle machines of the oppressive Horai army. You have only two lives to survive five levels of cruel bullet-hell perfection.
The rules are simple. Enemies, and the projectiles they fire, come in light and dark forms. You can switch the polarity of your ship between light and dark states at any time, absorbing bullets of the same colour to power your homing missile attack. Take a hit from a bullet of opposite polarity and you're dead. Enemies fall to light and dark bullets, but take double damage from bullets of opposite polarity.
It's been a long road, but four months after making it through Steam Greenlight, Ikaruga will finally land on Steam February 18. The shoot 'em up was first released in Japanese arcades in 2001. It came to the Dreamcast in 2002, then for a limited run on Gamecube in 2003, and then Xbox Live Arcade in 2008. A new set of features may help the Steam version find a bigger audience than ever.
In October last year, Treasure put its much-loved but little-played shoot 'em up Ikaruga on Steam Greenlight. We're happy to report that it has since been Greenlit by the community, and while it doesn't have a release date yet, Treasure is already looking to port its other games and even develop new ones for Steam.
Well that was quick. Ikaruga only shot its way onto Steam Greenlight the other day, and it's already emerged from the other end of the Valve's giant approvals machine, covered in a viscous, sticky substance it's probably best not to investigate too strenuously. It's joined by 36 other assorted things (most of them games), including sci-fi roguelike Steam Marines, platforming roguelike TowerClimb (not to be confused with Towerfall), and lots of other things that aren't roguelikes - if you can imagine such a thing.
PC Gamer web editor Tom Senior loves spaceships. He loves them when they're being shot out into Oculus-powered space, he loves them when they're designed out of giant cube construction sets, and he definitely loves them when they're battling in a bullet-hell assault of bi-coloured carnage. So if you could all do him a favour, and go vote on Ikaruga's new Greenlight page, that'd be swell. You don't even have to buy it, although, as one of the most lasting cult classics of the shmup-'em-up genre, you probably should.