Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    100
    Treasure hasn't tampered with the overall mechanics of Radiant Silvergun, and doing so would have been a mistake.
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    95
    The best thing in the space shooters genre, or – to be precise – the 'bullet hell' subgenre. [November 2011, p.83]
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    92
    A perfect opportunity to enjoy one of the best classic shoot'em ups. A game with a gameplay that hasn't aged, a great soundtrack and an extreme level of difficulty that results very rare today. Maybe its difficulty will become a hurdle for some gamers, but it is a must-have for those who consider themselves proud fans of the genre.
  4. Sep 14, 2011
    91
    You play Ikaruga if you want a great example of where the shoot-em-up was going at the start of the century. You play Radiant Silvergun for a great example of where it was at the end of the last.
  5. Dec 29, 2011
    90
    Radiant Silvergun is a triumph and arguably one of the best (if not the best) game of its type available - on any platform.
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    90
    Unless you absolutely despise the genre, Radiant Silvergun is a game that needs to be in your collection. It's just as much a landmark in game design as it is a joy to play.
  7. Sep 28, 2011
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Sep 21, 2011
    90
    Radiant Silvergun doesn't just hold its own against the contemporary competition, but offers the classic game with different graphical skins and a host of options to reach a far wider audience than ever had the chance to experience its excellence before.
  9. Sep 18, 2011
    90
    A hugely imaginative take on a deeply conservative genre, which shows one of 2D gaming's best developers at the very height of their talents.
  10. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    It may not have the visual class of its younger cousin Ikaruga, but there is no other 32-bit era game that shines like this today; a true classic that is available to the world at last. And the scoffers? Well, the joke is finally on them.
  11. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    Radiant Silvergun is one of the best shoot 'em ups that we've seen in the so-called next-gen. The co-op and the new online functions are welcome, and they just make better one of the most intriguing games of the late 90 decade.
  12. Sep 15, 2011
    90
    The gameplay is both intuitive and entertaining, while the presentation goes head and shoulders over most other shooters out there. You might have missed it the first time around on the Saturn – but whatever you do, don't miss it this time.
  13. Sep 13, 2011
    90
    Radiant Silvergun has a lot to offer: you can play it like a manic shooter and enjoy the weapons and skillful dodging, or you can make it more cerebral and go for the ridiculous color combos. Either way, you're getting one of the very best 2D shooters ever made.
  14. Nov 15, 2011
    88
    Radiant Silvergun is bewilderment and frustration at the same time. With excessive amount of weapons, breathtaking boss rushes, killer difficulty and a complicated combo system Radiant Silvergun is just too much - and awesome for that reason. [Nov 2011]
  15. Oct 5, 2011
    85
    More than a decade after its original release, Radiant Silvergun can still be considered a great classic. Its incredibly solid gameplay en depth create an unmatched experience. Casual and younger gamers should watch out though, since the game is just as hard as back in the day and can demand some serious grinding.
  16. 85
    As with any vertical shooter, there's no escape from the laborious memorization of unforgiving patterns. That fact alone means that not everyone can fall in love with Radiant Silvergun's unique mix of frenetic combat and fast-paced puzzle-solving. But if you don't mind working for every inch of progress and using your noodle more than usual, you'll happily spent innumerable hours perfecting your patrols through enemy space.
  17. Sep 21, 2011
    85
    Be warned, this is definitely not an easy game, and dying comes naturally (just check out our Breaking the Seal above for reference), but it is immensely rewarding and a reminder of when games were about scores and challenge instead of cut scenes and movie-like narratives.
  18. Sep 15, 2011
    83
    The XBLA port of Radiant Silvergun is pretty close to identical in content with what the Saturn port contained.
  19. The best shooter ever...simply isn't. But it's still bloody brilliant fun, even if it's beyond the skills of most gamers. [Christmas 2011, p.111]
  20. 80
    It's impressive to see how thirteen years later, Radiant Silvergun is still among the finest shoot 'em ups ever made.
  21. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    A classic 2D shooter from the Dreamcast era. Radiant Silvergun is fast, colorful, extremely difficult and surely not your casual, everyday shooter.
  22. Sep 27, 2011
    80
    The conversion work is a bit rough, but Radiant Silvergun is still one of the best shmups ever published. Considering the prohibitive price the original Saturn game has on eBay, 1200MSP for it can be considered the bargain of the year.
  23. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    Like most games by developer Treasure, Radiant Silvergun is an acquired taste, but this version is a fantastic port of a classic shooter. It's still worth experiencing today – especially now that you don't have to sell a kidney to afford it.
  24. Sep 17, 2011
    80
    Radiant Silvergun proves that great core mechanics stand the test of time, though its severe difficulty could derail the unprepared.
  25. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    Is RSG worth downloading? If you read everything above and it sounds intriguing to you, then yes, absolutely. If this doesn't sound like the sort of shooter you're looking for, you might want to think it over for a bit before committing to a purchase.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 17, 2011
    8
    This is a great shooter, but not for everyone. Extremely steep learning curve and absurdly hardcore difficulty await you here, but there are rewards for the persistent. This is from a different era of games -- a shooter that could take years to master and doesn't hold your hand for a single second. Online co-op is also quite spotty -- very difficult to find a match, and when you do, your game may be filled with lag. If you've got patience, and you're not against the idea of replaying a single stage hundreds of times to master it, then you'll likely love this ultra hardcore gem from the golden era of shooters. Full Review »
  2. J
    Sep 22, 2011
    10
    A challenging, deep, and incredible shooter, well worth the required time it will take to become great at it (or even merely proficient). It's clear many people seem intent to punish the game with low review scores because they lack this patience, or don't understand what they're playing. Quite sad. Full Review »