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Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
Languages supported:
Japanese: SLPS-25352
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25352
Release date: June 17, 2004
CRCs: 7D2FE035
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Cave
Publisher(s): Arika
Genre: Action, Shoot'em up
Wikipedia: Link
Game description: PlayStation 2 version of the popular Japanese arcade shooter. In this top-down, vertically scrolling 2D shooter you choose to play as either Ageha or his female companion Nuteha. Ageha uses a straight-line standard and Rapier shot, while Nuteha's standard fire is spread like a fan. Both can utilize a guard barrier that protects them from incoming projectiles, or use the energy built up in the barrier gauge to deliver powerful guard barrier attacks of different strength levels. Pick-up items include partial (P) and full shot upgrades (MP), guard barrier refills (E), and energy refills (L), among others. The home version adds an additional gameplay mode and top player replays available on a bonus DVD.
The game include different modes such as arcade, simulation, gallery, and a walkthrough DVD video featuring replays by Clover-TAC and KTL-NAL. In arcade mode, the player can configure screen orientation, wallpaper, stage map display, controller vibration, among other settings. Simulation mode simulates an arcade mode stage. The player can configure death, rank, guard barrier gauge, kakusei over start/level, power level, seireiseki counts, and gold ingot counts. In addition, the player can also save or load a replay.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • AMD64 X2 4400+ (2.32GHz)
  • GeForce 8800 GTX
0.9.4 ZeroGS KOSMOS 0.96.8
  • ZeroSPU2 0.4.3
  • SSSPSX 1.7.0
BIOS: USA v02.00, Last tested with PCSX2 0.9.4 with complains of wrong effects. 12+ FPS. Considered playable at this speed. Weird considering it's a 2d shooter to have such low speeds bu probably faster with newer hardware or PCSX2 or plugins. Machina
NTSC-J Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16Ghz
  • Nvidia GTS 250 512MB
1.1.0 r5628 GSdx 5632 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 5559
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 5403
Still playable..., Better use software rendering to avoid some garbage lines on sprites...


  • Original names: エスプガルーダ (SLPS-25352)

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