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Jet Grind Radio remains a unique property. With its emphasis on grinding and painting rather than going for crazy tricks and high scores, there is something fresh about the gameplay. The visual presentation is outstanding and the music is perhaps some of the best I’ve heard on my GBA. This is a great way to relive the golden days of the Dreamcast and have some challenging fun on your GBA.
What it all boils down to is this: Jet Grind Radio is a faithful, surprisingly fun remake of the original Dreamcast title, for the GBA. If you've played the original, the story, characters, and levels will all be very familiar, but if you haven't, you shall be thoroughly impressed throughout. Though it's lacking in a few areas - usually due to the isometric view of the game - it never really hurts the experience too much. If you're a fan of the original or just want a solid GBA game to play, Jet Grind Radio is not a bad choice at all.
Jet Grind Radio for the Dreamcast was a landmark title that pretty much makes it on those system owners' top Dreamcast games list. Whether its due to its originality, unique graphic style, or just because of its fun factor, the original Jet Grind Radio was a key game in the Dreamcast library. The legacy lives on in the official Xbox sequel, Jet Set Radio Future, but it was the original game that started it all.
On the Dreamcast, Jet Grind Radio oozed more style than should have legally been allowed. A lot of what made the game special there survives the leap to the GBA, but of course the obvious hardware limitations necessitate a few cut corners here and there. Considering this, Vicarious probably couldn't have done a much better job at adapting it to the small screen, and once you're used to its quirks then you'll find a crazy, fantastic gem of a game.
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The handheld version of Jet Grind Radio is vastly less ambitious than its console counterparts. It really can't even hold a candle to the recent Jet Set Radio Future. However, it doesn't help not to judge this title on its own merits. Obviously, the original concept had something going for it because even in its reduced state, Jet Grind Radio is fun. With an addictive soundtrack and a near verbatim translation of the story and gameplay, you'll find that all the praise Jet Grind Radio got for the Dreamcast is well deserved.
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A first-rate conversion of the excellent Dreamcast game. Whether you’re a fan of the series or not, Jet Grind Radio is well worth picking up.
Pee-wee gang members skate throughout a shrunk-down future Tokyo in the GBA version of Jet Grind Radio. Vicarious Visions once again does the unthinkable with its impressive miniaturized version of Jet Grind Radio, which retains much of the visual style and gameplay of the Dreamcast cult classic right down to the custom graffiti editor that lets you create and use your own tags. Controlling various members of a street gang, you zip through the streets of a futuristic Tokyo on rocket-power inline skates while waging graffiti wars with gangs from other turfs and avoiding oppressive police forces.
All in all, Jet Grind Radio is just as enjoyable on the GBA as it was on meatier consoles. The game’s 15 levels grow in size and difficulty at a reasonable pace. Early on, you have free run of large open areas that give you numerous chances to perform tricks, grind, and spray your tags. By the last few levels, you’ll need to transition between multiple neighborhoods during a single run and tag dozens of targets -- all while avoiding multiple SWAT teams, tanks, and helicopters. Every other level or so, you also have to deal with challenges from rival graffiti artists. If you can perform the moves they show you or beat them to a tag spot at the other end of the city, they’ll join your team. Each character has different speed, stamina, and spraying abilities, which means that new teammates are always welcome.
Jet Grind Radio is an excellent downsizing of a cutting-edge game for a lesser platform, retaining the essential gameplay of the original while deftly imitating its audiovisual aspects. It's definitely worth a purchase (especially with its $20 MSRP) if you can track down a copy.
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Jet Grind Radio is set in futuristic Tokyo, and the city is being terrorized by the evil Rokkaku Group led by Gouji. His mission is to change industry, society, and culture. He uses his wealth and influence to buy off the police department, and his next goal is to take over City Hall. Your goal is to stop the evil Gouji and his Rokkaku Group from destroying life as you know it in Tokyo.
Cette petite incursion de Jet Set Radio sur GameBoy Advance est en demi-teinte. On se réjouira de retrouver un gameplay et des sensations proches de l'opus original, ainsi qu'un contenu identique. Mais en parallèle les difficultés liées à la maniabilité et la 3D isométrique brident le joueur et le plaisir procuré par les parties, et impose un temps d'adaptation extrêmement long. Un titre plaisant pour le support, mais qui aurait beaucoup gagné à ne pas avoir existé sur Dreamcast (ce que bien sûr personne ne souhaite).
The original Jet Grind Radio on Sega Dreamcast introduced thousands of gamers to a graphic process known as cel shading (most recently seen on The Hulk). The striking visuals set a new standard for stylistic graphics and created a trend that continues to this very day in character design and animation. The Dreamcast game was also a heck of a lot of fun to play and had one of the best soundtracks money could buy (Jet Set Radio Future continued this trend on the Xbox ﾖ ed). Vicarious Visions was tasked with bringing this classic to the Game Boy Advance handheld gaming system and while the feel of the original is intact, the gameplay suffers on the small screen.
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