--- Radiant Silvergun ---
Radiant Silvergun is a milestone--and the introduction of life support--for 2D shooter games. It introduced the flashy 3D graphics into the shooter, but left the 2D gameplay. And it also introduced the idea of having to think--actually think, not just react--into the shooter genre.
This page is actually kind of a placeholder for ALL of Treasure's shooter games. Treasure is the best shooter developer around. Their most recent entries are Ikaruga (Leon's favorite shooter ever) and Gradius V (Bruce's favorite).
Radiant Silvergun, though, is kind of special. It's a bit rare, and if you do find it, it's damn expensive. Both of us have it in our collection, and we both wish Treasure would take its best aspect--the coolest weapon system ever designed--and make a new game or a sequel with it (Ikaruga is a sequel to RS, but it doesn't use the weapon system. It uses a cool system, but a completely different one.)
Radiant's weapon system is simple to use, but complex and difficult to master. It uses just 3 buttons. Each button is a different weapon, and each combination of buttons is a different weapon as well. That makes a grand total of 7 weapons, all with just 3 buttons, and all useful in different ways. To make things trickier, each of them can be upgraded (which is actually a pain in the ass).
Here are a few visuals from the game to help with that description:
The menu to describe how the weapons work.
Here are the first two types, Vulcan (A) and Homing (B). Vulcan is a normal, straight shooting gun that is fairly powerful. Homing, as you can guess, homes in on up to 2 targets at a time.
And the next two, Spread (C) and Homing Plasma (A+B). Spread just shoots at a wide diagonal angle from you, and it creates a bubble when it hits as well. It's very powerful. Homing Plasma doesn't really home; the blue lasers track back and forth, and lock on when they encounter a target. Then they turn red and shoot blue energy into the target.
Here are the last two guns, Back Wide (A+C) and Lock On Spread (B+C). Back Wide is a useful backwards spreading Vulcan gun that also shoots a half-widtch forward Vulcan. Lock On Spread is a series of little arrows that rotate in a wide circle around your ship. Anything they touch, they will lock onto and send a homing laser after.
And here is the very last weapon, the Radiant Sword. It's the most powerful weapon, but it's not a gun. It's a small sword that can 'catch' the small pink 'default' shots from the enemy. Once it catches enough of them, it becomes a pair of large swords for a single hit. They're extremely powerful, and your ship in invulnerable while you use that hit.
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