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New Outland trailer: Ikaruga meets Shadow of the Colossus meets Patapon meets Tron

Ikaruga, Treasure's legendary shmup, is a damnably clever game. How clever? Clever enough to have its central mechanic ripped off nine years later by a game of a completely different genre. That game is Ubisoft's upcoming downloadable platformer Outland, and it looks rather natty indeed.

The idea, as in Icky, is that enemies and their bullets have two different polarities, in this case red and blue. You can switch your own polarity between the two at will. Matching a bullet nullifies the damage it does, but matching an enemy makes your own attacks fairly useless. Thus it's a case of constant chopping and changing, risk and reward in order to make it through. But is it a worthy descendant of its hardcore grandad? Personally I think it looks rather good. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Okay, so the gravelly voiceover is as generic as a sandwich made of bread, but I really like the Incan influence in the art, and the contrast of stark silouettes and throbbing psychadelia is seriously striking. It looks like Outland's devs are exploring the colour-switching concept in some sharp and creative ways too, so right now you can count me very much in. Whadda yareckon?

12 comments

  • CaptCOMMANDO - October 1, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    I am very interested in the game The style is catchy and although its not the FRESHEST new game, it is still fresh enough to guarantee my purchase.
  • Fortunate34 - October 1, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    This looks great! Can't wait to get my hands on it. This is the kind of game I'd be looking for.
  • Ninjadmin - October 1, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    Thats easily one of the very best looking games ive ever seen. cant wait to get my dirty man hands on it.
  • KidKatana - October 1, 2010 1:51 p.m.

    David 'Hooters' Houghton, you always pick up on games that I've had my eye on. I can only conclude that you have impeccable taste. Really chuffed with Ubi's downloadable efforts; this and From Dust have been on my radar for a while, and HD BG&E is the best news I've heard all week.
  • Curtis_Stone - October 1, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    Holy balls, that (the artsyle) looks amazing!! I'm only hoping it has Ikaruga's style, not difficulty!! :-P
  • garnsr - October 1, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    What was that Treasure platformer that had you switch between red and blue for your attacks? Something Panic, I think, on PS1.
  • CandiedJester - October 1, 2010 6:13 p.m.

    It looks AWESOOOOOME. Will it be on xbl arcade?
  • Metroidhunter32 - October 1, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    Yeah this is a major Ikaruga ripoff. Of course what really made Ikaruga great for me was the puzzle like nature of the game. Can this match?
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 1, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    Now whenever I hear "Since the dawn of time", I think of the E3 Kinect reveal... I can't wait for the next Patapon.
  • paganpoet - October 2, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    Wow, this looks fantastic! If there's one game to borrow an art direction from, it's Patapon.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - October 2, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    Ever since I saw the first trailer, I knew I was going to buy this game.
  • BodyDamage - October 4, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    im in. saddle up!

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