Jet Force Gemini Reviews (Nintendo 64)

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A really patchy Action Adventure offering from Rare. AkibaTechno (254) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
A beautifully constructed frustrating waste of time Todd DeBonis (3) 1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (44 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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Nintendojo (May 26, 2003)
This game is FUN. This game is filled with so many awesome features it is very easy to overlook the few bad. The more I play it the more I love it. My roommate commented on the fact that I probably would get carpal tunnel due to the fact that I hadn't moved from JFG for 3 days. The graphics, sound, and gameplay most of the time come together to form a game that I believe is one of the very best for Nintendo 64. I believe this game is only second to Zelda64, but it is so close I sometimes waiver on which I think is better. Overall if you find yourself breathing even when your not thinking about it, you should buy this game.
Mit Jet Force Gemini ist Rare ein weiteres anspruchsvolles Meisterwerk gelungen. Nach dem etwas schwierigen, fast schon zähen Anfang wird man völlig in die SF-Welt von Juno, Vela und Lupus hineingesogen und will trotz des extrem hohen Schwierigkeitsgrades am liebsten nie wieder aufhören zu spielen. Ständig wird man von einer anderen außergewöhnlichen Idee überrascht und denkt sich immer wieder: “Das kann doch nicht wahr sein!“ Aber es ist wahr - und als wäre der umfangreiche Soloteil nicht genug, packt Rare mit den unzähligen Mehrspielermodi noch einen drauf. Anfänger seien gewarnt: JFG ist extrem schwer und kann schnell frustrieren. Wer sich jedoch durchbeißt, bekommt ein hervorragendes Spiel geboten!
With its compelling variety of gameplay styles, crisp and fairly quick graphics, and an interesting assortment of characters, Jet Force Gemini is a real N64 winner. Pros and novices alike will need to devote some time to learn the quirks of its control system, but those who do will find Jet Force Gemini to be a rich and rewarding gameplay experience packed with a near-endless supply of secrets.
HappyPuppy (Nov 11, 1999)
Overall, this game does not disappoint and neither does Rare. They consistently put out quality titles. I can't even begin to think how cool Donkey Kong 64 is going to be, especially since it uses the Expansion Pak. This game is a prime example of why I love Nintendo. I know that a lot of people disagree with me and find their games too cutesy, but I say bring 'em on.
För den enskilde spelaren är Jet Force Gemini ett komplett äventry med många originella inslag, och spelets Goldeneye 007-liknande kamper där upp till fyra deltagare kan vara med samtidigt går inte heller av för hackor. Visserligen är plattformsinslagen inte lika roliga som de i Banjo-Kazooie och actionsekvenserna inte fullt så medryckande som de i Goldeneye 007, men ett bättre mellanting mellan de två spelen kan man knappast lyckas med.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 14, 1999)
Basically Jet Force Gemini is a vast, epic game, that is totally impressive in one-player and should be on the shopping list of every N64 owner this Christmas. As per usual Rare come up with the goods, including a perfect PAL conversion as ever. Nice one! Oh and to save you reading between the lines; buy this game now if you own a N64.
Video Games (Oct, 1999)
Typisch Rare! Die englischen N64-Spezialisten verstehen es wieder mal geschickt, den Spieler durch ein hochwertiges Gameplay, einen Sack erspielbarer Boni- und versteckter Minispiele (die bei anderen Firmen für zwei Titel gereicht hätten) gekonnt bei der Stange zu halten. Die drei Charaktere sind sympathisch, die Firepower beeindruckend, die Waffeneffekte äußerst sehenswert, das Stage-Design abwechslungsreich und die Feinde gerissen und zahlreich. Was will man mehr von einem Space-Shooter? Außer einer besseren Kameraführung fällt uns da nichts ein!
GameSpot (Oct 12, 1999)
However, these nitpicky complaints do little to spoil Jet Force Gemini's bottom line: It's chock-full of gameplay variety. Nintendo 64 fans should pick up this title without delay and hope that Rareware's team of top-notch talent will continue to churn out even more games like this one for years to come.
Gaming Target (Jun 22, 2000)
The game is Epic. It's like playing a good Star Wars game. Rare did such a good job with JFG. The only thing on my mind now is if JFG2 is planned. Mmmm sweetness.
Mega Fun (Oct, 1999)
Jet Force Gemini ist ein überdurchschnittliches Shoot 'em Up, das technisch vollkommen überzeugt. Futuristischen Locations wurden mit aufwändig gestalteten Details ausgeschmückt, und obwohl das Expansion-Pak nicht zum Einsatz kommt, sucht die 3D-Engine in dem Genre ihresgleichen. Leider jedoch hat der Shooter auf der spielerischen Seite ein paar Schönheitsfehler. Versucht ihr beispielsweise per Zielkreuz wieselflinke Gegner aus der Luft zu holen, kommt es zu einigen frustgen Momenten. da die Steuerung der Zieleinrichtung meiner Meinung nach eine Spur zu sensibel reagiert. Zudem enttäuscht der Zweispieler-Kooperativ-Modus etwas, denn nur der Zocker, der die Spielfigur steuert, darf sich frei in den Levels bewegen. Der zweite Daddler hingegen kontrolliert lediglich das Zielkreuz des Roboters Floyd. Dabei verlieren die Spieler leider allzuhäufig den Überblick, weil sich die Zieleinrichtungen optisch kaum voneinander unterscheiden.
Total! (Germany) (Oct, 1999)
Mit Jet Force Gemini bekommen Ballerfreunde einen ausgefeilten und sehr umfangreichen Third Person Shooter geboten. Die vielen Feinheiten des Gameplays, die versteckten Raume, Areale und Extras, die Minispielchen und witzigen Ideen machen diesen Titel zu einem potenziellen Renner im letzten Weihnachtsgeschäft dieses Jahrtausends. Möge die Force mit euch sein!
85 (Nov 19, 1999)
Un excellent jeu d'action-aventure plutôt orienté solo que multijoueur. Tous ses aspects ont été travaillés au maximum et Rare peut se targuer d'être une des boîtes de développement les plus compétentes sur la Nintendo. Du très bon travail.
IGN (Oct 08, 1999)
With everything said and done, though, this is still one of Nintendo 64's most original games and it has much more good going for it than it does bad. Never-ending action, tons of enemies, loads of worlds to explore and Rare's unique brand of humor work to make this a good title that could have been a classic with a little more polish.
Power Unlimited (Dec, 1999)
Al vond ik de oorspronkelijke characters van Jet Force Gemini wel koddig, de game is er na de restyling een heel stuk mooier op geworden en staat garant voor vele uren speelplezier. Het is wat mij betreft niet de meest spectaculaire titel die Rare ooit heeft uitgebracht, maar hij mag toch niet ontbreken in je N64 collectie.
Game Revolution (Nov, 1999)
Starting out, you really have to settle into Jet Force Gemini - learning the not-quite-perfect controls, figuring out multiple exits, and dealing with some blurrier graphics takes time. Once you get into the swing of things, everything begins to gel together. The tedium of going back and searching for Tribals is countered by the pure fun of running around tearing through giant bugs with lasers. Jet Force Gemini isn't nearly on par with Goldeneye or Zelda, but as a pure search-and-destroy, it has its moments.
The Next Level (Jan 02, 2000)
No major treasure hunts here, just get from the start to finish of each stage using only 3 lives. Picking up Tribals isn't even required, which keeps the game simple. Granted, there are many things that can be done, and backtracking is also an option, but none of it is required. After I got the hang of the controls, I was spending much time killing off Mizar scum. The characters are cool too; Juno, Vela, and Lupus share most weapons, but there are a few originals that make each person/dog special. All in all, if you have patience and some time to kill, Jet Force Gemini is worth a look.
Nintendo Life (Aug 24, 2013)
Jet Force Gemini is a really enjoyable game but has its fair share of flaws that tend to hinder the experience a little too much. That being said, it’s certainly an incredibly fun title, at its best, that will definitely raise a few smiles; if you’re just looking to blast through a few levels without hoping to complete the game then there is a tonne of fun to be had. Just be aware that there will be a lot of frustration and challenge, and you’ll get through a fair few controllers should you play this one out to the end.
70 (Oct 01, 2003)
Jet Force Gemini is an awesome game. It is a smooth, sleek third-person shooter, perfect for its time period. There were quite a few fatal flaws, including the monotonous Tribal hunting, but overall, it's not a bad game at all. If you even have the shred of a notion to get a new game for N64, get this game.
Game Critics (Oct 28, 1999)
The problem is, however, that the final product collapses under its own weight. It is actually too big and packed with too many explosions, too many great sights, too many levels, too many enemies, and WAY too many Tribals. All other miscues like bad control, framerate-slowdown, and camera angles further bury a game that could have soared high based on its graphics and sound alone. Jet Force Gemini is not standard Rare-fare and maybe, just maybe, they simply had their own version of a Yoko Ono whispering in their ear (as the Beatles had) and have only been temporarily misled. It's not too bad because I'm hearing good things about Donkey Kong 64, in which case, Jet Force Gemini may just be one of life's reminders that with the good, you get the bad.
Gaming Age (Sep 19, 2004)
In the end, Jet Force Gemini has to be marked down because of that rather unforgivable flaw. The game is great fun, and is top-notch in every area (other than the multiplayer mode, of course). It's also worth noting that the script for the characters is rather good. I don't mean that in an Oscar-winning sense, rather Rare has put quite a bit of dry British humour in, and it comes off being quite funny. However, the objective of saving all the Tribals is a rather anal task, it must be said, and an extremely annoying one. Too annoying. Otherwise, the game is good fun and still comes recommended.
Spel för Alla (Jan, 2000)
Jet Force Gemini är ett roligt shoot'em up-spel. Som vanligt när Rare ligger bakom är det föredömligt producerat även om grafiken kunde varit bättre. Den barnsliga stilen i spelet gör dock att det kan kännas lite larvigt emellanåt.
Hopefully, Jet Force Gemini proves to be the one dud to which all game makers are entitled. Should Rareware throw another one of these on the heap, we may be forced to rethink their role as ‘‘king of the Nintendo 64’s developers.’’