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The story of Radiant Silvergun begins with the end of the world. As the pilot of the starfighter Radiant Silvergun you are sent back in time in search of the key to save the planet. In various time periods you will battle hordes of enemies in search for an alien being knows as the Origin. Only by destroying the Origin can the dark future of the planet be altered.

Radiant Silvergun is a top-down shooter from the Japanese codeshop Treasure (Gunstar Heroes, Silhouette Mirage) released in Japan for the Sega Saturn in 1998. To tackle the swarm of enemies that fill your screen you got three different means of attack. A straight shot, a homing laser and a devastating spread shot.


Radiant Silvergun Arcade I will survive!
Radiant Silvergun Arcade Boss fight
Radiant Silvergun Arcade Blue laser
Radiant Silvergun Arcade Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "レイディアント シルバーガン" -- Japanese spelling

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA Saturn Dec 10, 2003 10 out of 10 100
RetroManiac Xbox 360 Dec, 2011 5 out of 5 100 (GAF) SEGA Saturn Apr 14, 2003 10 out of 10 100 SEGA Saturn Mar 09, 2002 9.8 out of 10 98 SEGA Saturn Sep 24, 2008 97 out of 100 97
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Sep 08, 1998 9 out of 10 90
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 13, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Retroguiden SEGA Saturn Jan 20, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) SEGA Saturn Oct, 1998 89 out of 100 89 Xbox 360 Sep 20, 2011 17 out of 20 85


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade and Saturn versions of Radiant Silvergun appear in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development history

The game was originally set for development at the Japanese branch of Time Warner Interactive. However, when TWI closed down shortly after the release of Shinrei Jusatsushi Tarōmaru, director Hiroshi Iuchi returned to former employer Treasure, where development was restarted and the game was finally produced.


The rarity of this game is such, that "new" copies of the game sell for $500 US at the Play Asia online retailer. Similarly, 2nd hand copies are rarely less than $200 on e-bay.
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