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Jet Grind Radio (Dreamcast)

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Written by  :  Steve Thompson (110)
Written on  :  Jul 15, 2005
Platform  :  Dreamcast
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Summary

Not Quite Tony Hawk, Not Quite Mario Paint, Not Quite Like Anything Else...

The Good

The game itself is quite lengthy and extremely fresh. There is just enough emphasis placed on the skating aspect of the game without distracting from the graffiti. Unlike other skating style games, there isn't too much pressure on the player to pull off tricks - points are awarded for those who do though. As for the graffiti aspect of the game, it is quite unique. Whenever "tagging" on a wall or object, you are prompted with a control stick movement that you need to execute. This almost makes the game feel like a rhythm game. Overall, the levels are well designed and the characters are comical. I strongly recommend this title to any Dreamcast owner and to anyone looking for a wonderfully fun romp.

The Bad

At times the controls can be incredibly frustrating. Jumping from place to place can feel unnatural and speeding up doesn't always feel the same. Also - some frustrating, repetitive jumping challenges await you on the levels where you go against new characters.

The Bottom Line

A hyper-stylized, visual treat with some of the most fun bits to be found in any game from this era.