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Following genetic experiments conducted by a group of scientists at the turn of the millennium, a biological explosion contaminated the genetic structure of life on Earth. Two attributes emerged from the ruins, known as Silhouette and Mirage; like Yin and Yang, they cannot exist without each other, but are fundamentally opposed in their nature and ideology. Only a Messenger, one who contains both attributes in a balance, is able to get to the Edo facility and reverse back the genetic disaster, destroying both Silhouette and Mirage. This messenger is a young girl named Shyna Nera Shyna.

Silhouette Mirage is a side-scrolling action game. The basic gameplay is somewhat similar to that of Gunstar Heroes. The game's standout feature is the concept of the two attributes. Depending on the enemy's attributes and the type of attack used by Shyna, damage can be increased, and spirit (equivalent to magic power) can be absorbed from enemies. Shyna can dash, jump, crouch, slide, and grab enemies, executing combo attacks. It is also possible to master moves, acquire money, and purchase special creatures called "parasites", which teach Shyna various types of attacks.


Silhouette Mirage SEGA Saturn Really hate these dark places.
Silhouette Mirage SEGA Saturn Whenever I see triangles on Saturn games, I find it "funny" (considering the system used SQUARE pixels for its imagery).
Silhouette Mirage SEGA Saturn Surrounded by foes is not the best way to go, particularly when you're a fragile little girl and not a goddamn barbarian.
Silhouette Mirage PlayStation Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Silhouette Mirage: Reprogrammed Hope" -- Japanese PlayStation title
  • "シルエットミラージュ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

IGN PlayStation Jan 11, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation May, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Consoles Plus SEGA Saturn Jan, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation Oct 11, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85 PlayStation Dec 14, 2012 17 out of 20 85
GamersMark PlayStation Jan 15, 2002 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation Jan, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
GamesFirst! PlayStation Feb 22, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PSM PlayStation Feb, 2000 3 out of 5 60
GameSpot PlayStation Jan 21, 2000 4.6 out of 10 46


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1001 Video Games

The PS1 and Saturn versions of Silhouette Mirage appear in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete trailer

During the localization process, Working Designs hid a special 5 minute trailer for Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete on the CD. This trailer is exclusive to Silhouette Mirage only, and if you have the game, pop the disc in your PSX and hold L1 as you turn the system on to view it.

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