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It's the Xbox Live Arcade version of the Triggerheart Exelica Arcade. A vertically scrolling shoot 'em up. Enemies come from the top and you shut 'em. Compared with the Dreamcast version, this version has no story mode or arrange mode.Quote from Wikipedia
An Xbox Live Arcade version for the Xbox 360 was released. It features high definition graphics, new background music, online leaderboards, and achievement points feature. However, story mode and arrange mode are not included.
Online leader board includes 6 boards for each fighters per difficulty setting.
A new ending and new cut scenes based on the arcade version was included.
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So the game is about shouting the enemies and avoiding there bullets like most of the games of this type.
Whats different with this game is the fantastic anchor system that lets you catch enemies and spin them around to crush others. And the score system explained below. You also have bombs at your disposal but there is not any other special weapon upgrades.The score system
To get higher score you need to hold the fire button down and wait for the "medals/gold" to grow but release the button before they leave the bottom and is lost. When you release the bottom all of them is collected, so you have to plan it well, sometimes you can sacrifice some to make others grow more before you collect. Also use the anchor for more points.Stages
There is 5 stages. If you get enough medals on stage 1 and 3 you can meet the Faintear boss at the end of that level. It's required to beat here at both those levels to meet the real boss form at the end of the game. This is what increase the difficulty of the game, if you think just play through it is not that hard then it's hard to get those medals you need. Beginners can play the game and Pros get there reward. Good balance.Game modes
There is 6 game modes, 2 characters and EASY, NORMAL and HARD for each.
EXELICA: Fire is SPREAD <- is easiest to start with.
CRUELTEAR: Fire is LINEAR
There is LEADERBOARDS for each game mode.Achievements
This game have some super hard achievements. Not a easy 200 point game!Final words
Only bad thing is to few are playing it, the weakly leaderboards is often empty. Witch make me the best in the world (this week).
As I'm a shmup fan I give it 5/5 I have definitely played this more than Ikaruga. And I want to turn my TV 90 degrees because the game have that option.