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To sum up: solid game + hilarious translation + cheap price = MUST BUY.
Of course, the story really is pretty much irrelevant to Castle Shikigami 2, since this is a pure shoot-'em-up at its core. This game is just a great deal, especially for that $10 price, and it offers up a good variety of challenging levels, some unique and interesting play mechanics, and lots of challenge. So, if you've still got a place in your heart for no-nonsense action such as this, and you're up for some grueling levels that will really test your twitch reflexes, go find yourself a copy of Castle Shikigami 2.
Thankfully these complaints only involve things tangential to the game. The cut scenes are easily skipped (but you can choose to see them again in the Story Recollect menu if you want to torment your friends) and shooters don't really need much story beyond "Once upon a time there were a lot of things that pumped out tons of bullets and needed shooting". Castle Shikigami 2 may not be the pinnacle of the shooter genre but it is a fun ride while it lasts, and its $10 price means that it's not exactly a bank-breaker for those curious about it.
As games like R-Type Final and Gradius V bask in the limelight of popularity, Castle Shikigami 2 is left out in the cold, an obscure shooting game with just enough personality to set it apart from the rest. You’ve got a botched story that tries to take itself seriously, a bunch of ragtag anime superheroes, a wide variety of attacks, special moves, and strategy, and plenty of challenging enemies to annihilate. Though the game lacks the kind of epic presentation that Ikaruga fans enjoy, the levels are still something worth looking at while you’re dodging unfriendly fire. Besides, there’s something about badly translated dialogue that makes the game all the more entertaining. In the immortal words of the first boss, “It’s Idiot Power!”
Luckily, the game as a whole rises above these easily surmountable issues. And despite the $10 tag, it’ll even last you quite a while. There’s a ‘boss rush’ mode that can be quite enjoyable, and you can also practice favorite stages once you clear them on a single credit. Difficulty is adjustable (though the only thing that really seems to change is the number of bullets) to several degrees, and there are seven rather unique characters to experience. The end result is a game that feels worth every penny you’ll likely pay for it. What more can you ask for?
I always enjoy games like this, but my friends were far less impressed. Shikigami doesn't hold a candle to classic shooters like Thunder Force 3 (Genesis) or Lords of Thunder (Turbografx), but hey, this is the PS2, so we'll take what we can get.