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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (33 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Video Games (Aug, 1998)
Die Kombination aus purer Ballerfreude, phantasievollen Gegnern und fulminanten Lichteffekten katapultieren Radiant Silvergun an die Spitze des Shoot‘em-Up-Throns. Ein Geheimtip für Freunde actionreicher Ballerspiele: Tresures letzter Schatz ist das Beste, was mir in meiner Vertikal-Shooter-Karriere untergekommen ist. Das alteingessene Entwicklerhaus hat mal wieder in die Zauberkiste gegriffen. Was Tunder Force V als Horizontal-Scroller an Perfektion verkörpert, wird von Radiant Silvergun in der anderen Richtung umgesetzt. Was an Aufwand im Extra-Waffensystem steckt, läßt sich am Anfang nur erahnen. Wer den Saturn-Mode wählt, darf seine hochgezüchteten Magic-Waffensysteme speichern und beim nächsten Neustart wieder zum Einsatz bringen. Was der alte Sega-Veteran Treasure hier auf die Beine gestellt hat, dürfte auch in naher Zukunft schwer zu überbieten sein. Die Grafik und alles drumherum ist einfach brillant.
Lens of Truth (Sep 18, 2009)
This masterpiece has it all – fantastic visuals, wonderful music, and most importantly, addictive innovative gameplay. The 7 button layout is tailor-made for the Saturn as are the game’s special effects and speed, which would easily melt “other” home consoles at the time. For those who haven’t played RS, there’s always hope for a release on XBLA or PSN, as this one is a little pricey (around $200). Then again, all the cornerstones of the Saturn’s library are expensive, and this is the greatest shooting game of all time. Having not played Radiant Silvergun in a while, I was happy to see it leave me in the same state it did a decade ago – with my jaw on the floor.
HonestGamers (Aug 22, 2007)
It won’t be easy, but then things rarely are in a world as deadly as the one found here That’s not to say the game is unfairly difficult, but it certainly won’t ever leave you bored. What with the variety of weapons and bosses, not to mention the beautiful aesthetics and stylish presentation, you’re unlikely to find a better shooter.
100 (Feb 07, 2005)
Why was this game never released in the states? Why hasn't this been ported to a current-gen console? How can such a great title go ignored? Highly recommended. Start saving up your cash NOW.
100 (GAF) (Apr 14, 2003)
Treasure made sure that you had more than enough reasons to play Silvergun even after you've beaten it several times over. The mix of extra options, level gaining, and huge levels and bosses, make Radiant Silvergun a title worth owning.
Will you like Radiant Silvergun? Well, first ask yourself a question: "Do I like shooter type games?" If you answer yes, sometimes, or "I like a few," then you should give Radiant a try. If I had to pick a game for "Best Shooter of All Time" Radiant would be it. Play it and you'll understand.
Shin Force (Nov 18, 1999)
Impressive, impressive, impressive. The biggest, hardest and best shooter ever made.... and, of course it's a Saturn exclusive!!.
98 (Mar 09, 2002)
Conclusión: Una joya, uno de los mejores juegos de todos los tiempos. Es jugabilidad. Es diversión. Es TREASURE
97 (Sep 24, 2008)
Es una lástima la dificultad de encontrar este juego, pero salió cuando Saturn encaraba el final de su ciclo y con Dreamcast a las puertas y no tuvo el lanzamiento que se merecía. Pocos defectos se le pueden achacar, tal vez el hecho de que es harto difícil para ser un matamarcianos, pero el sistema de "chains" y de no usar power-ups lo hacen revolucionario y demuestra que todo género se puede innovar con un poco de imaginación. Treasure se apuntó un tanto con este juego, que no estaría mal que pudiésemos verlo en algún sistema de descarga virtual de la actual generación para hacer su disfrute más generalizado, mientras tanto, no lo dudes, paga lo que te pidan porque estará bien invertido: Radiant Silvergun es de los mejores matamarcianos de la historia, sino el mejor.
RPGFan (Aug 09, 1998)
All in all, Radiant Silvergun is a very difficult shooter, and one that may frustrate novices. However, anyone who likes shooters at all should pick this one up without hesitation; it's the best game of its genre that I've ever seen.
Shin Force (Jul 24, 1998)
Beautiful graphics, exact control, cool sound, nonstop action, vertigo inducing movement and Saturn quality, all courtesy of Treasure. I'd have to say it's the best shooter so far on Sega Saturn... and possibly any 32/64-bit console!
Defunct Games (Jun 25, 2005)
You'll have noticed the large fanfare that accompanies any mention of Ikaruga around the Defunct Games site, and that excitement is certainly not unfounded, but to be honest Radiant Silvergun deserves equal acclaim.
Retroguiden (Jan 20, 2011)
Spelet fick överlag lysande recensioner var det än dök upp och i stort sett alla recensenter från den tiden var eniga om att det aldrig producerats ett bättre spel i genren. Sedan dess har det släppts en del fina titlar som definitivt hör hemma i toppen, inte minst den spirituella uppföljaren till RS – Ikaruga, men fortfarande anses detta 13 år gamla mästerverk sitta säkert på tronen.
Radiant Silvergun is one of the best games for the Saturn, and one of the best shooters that's out there. If you're willing to pay the high prices that people charge for it, or if you're lucky enough to find a copy on the cheap side, I'd definitely recommend picking it up, as you probably won't be disappointed.
GameSpot (Sep 08, 1998)
This game is an absolute must-buy. Never has a shooter combined relentless, thoughtfully-designed action with such stunning graphics and sound. Mix in a moving storyline with exceptionally well-done voice acting (in Japanese) and beautiful real-time cutscenes, and you've got a shooter experience unmatched by any that have come before. Few games stay with you after you've turned the system off, but Silvergun does, and it's more powerful for it. The game has a polish and finesse worthy of a Ferrari, complete with a trunkful of secrets that only the best will discover. The true beauty of the game only reveals itself after numerous repeated plays. With an addictive gameplay, and the necessary incentives to keep you coming back, Radiant Silvergun makes you feel as if you've never really played a shooter before. It's a whole new experience.
Joystick (French) (Oct, 1998)
À vrai dire, RS est pour l'instant le meilleur titre du genre toutes consoles confondues 32 bits, et peut-être le dernier aussi sur Saturn ! Alors il serait dommage de passer à côté d'un tel jeu si vous êtes en plus un sacré bourgeois pété de thunes !
The Video Game Critic (Aug 04, 2004)
To call Radiant Silvergun a highly regarded shooter would be an understatement. This Japanese import is has attained near-legendary status among Saturn enthusiasts. The game boasts extremely high production values, and the face that it wasn't released in the states is a travesty. But while Radiant Silvergun may be the best shooter for the Saturn, that's really not saying a whole lot if you don't count Japanese releases.