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
    Treasure hasn't tampered with the overall mechanics of Radiant Silvergun, and doing so would have been a mistake.
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    The best thing in the space shooters genre, or – to be precise – the 'bullet hell' subgenre. [November 2011, p.83]
  3. Sep 23, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Sep 21, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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]
User Score

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
    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
    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 »