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Gaming Age (A)
Jet Grind Radio is the best Dreamcast game of the year and a must-have game for any Dreamcast gamer. Buy it without hesitation, you will not be disappointed.Nov 16th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Thunderbolt Games (10 out of 10)
This all might sound a bit simple-minded and silly, if you’ve never heard of Jet Grind Radio before. I assure you, the plot is entirely inane and nonsensical up until the very end. That’s really not my style, I don’t like when games think they’re really funny or that they’ve got more style than they really do. However, that’s not Jet Grind Radio. It has an over-abundance of style and personality around every bend and fits all the aspects that should make up a perfect game into one tight package. This is my idea of how flawless looks, sounds, feels, and plays. It’s not so much that it gave me a new standard, but it has certainly redefined how I view innovation in gaming.Jul 6th, 2009 · Dreamcast · read review
Official Dreamcast Magazine (U.S.) (10 out of 10)
Like a kerosene bull in a fireworks factory constructed out of matchsticks, Jet Grind Radio is set to light the autumn skies ablaze. Not only does it mark the release of yet another triple-A Dreamcast title, but it signals a virtual call-to-arms for gamers everywhere: This is one of the most involving, well-designed and downright beautiful games ever created, and it's just the sort of landmark title that revitalizes one's faith in videogames. If you have ever used the words 'hardcore' and 'gamer' in the same sentence (or even adjacent sentences) to describe yourself, you absolutely, positively, must play this game.Dec 2000 · Dreamcast
Game Chronicles (10 out of 10)
Jet Grind Radio simply oozes with style and is probably the most fun you can have with your Dreamcast. I'm only sorry I waited almost a year before I realized what I had been missing and despite the lateness of this review I encourage every one of you with a Dreamcast to run out and buy this game right now. You should be able to find it in the discount bins for $9.99. I guarantee you will have countless hours of addictive, challenging, and just pure fun gameplay with Jet Grind Radio.Jul 15th, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review
GamesFirst! ( )
What’s left to say? If Sega keeps cranking out thoroughly amazing titles like JGR, the Dreamcast could remain on top for years. While the other next-gen systems stumble through their first generation titles, the Dreamcast drives into new territory with incredibly innovative titles. Jet Grind Radio is an excellent example of what video games could be – artistic, insanely fun, and original.Nov 20th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Gamezilla (97 out of 100)
Holy crap! Get this game! It is the most fun you can have playing a game on any system right now. Superb graphics, fun plot, replayability, custom graffiti you can download from the net, cool characters, hot music, and addictive gameplay! Dare I say this is the best action game on the market! I dare and it is. If you do not buy this game you will only be shorting yourself a truly awesome video game experience.Jan 19th, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review
IGN (9.6 out of 10)
I'm not quite sure what a Smilebit is, personally. But if they could bottle and sell it, game developers worldwide would undoubtedly be compelled to unanimously declare a new favorite beverage, because in Jet Grind Radio, this team has unquestionably displayed that they indeed have "the stuff."Oct 27th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Netjak (9.6 out of 10)
With prices on the Dreamcast as low as they are now; I implore you to grab yourself a console and this game. There are easily a dozen games that are must haves', and their cost is under $20. Jet Grind Radio tops my list for one of the best Dreamcast games to ever; and possibly of all time.Jan 10th, 2002 · Dreamcast · read review
Gaming Target (9.6 out of 10)
Jet Grind Radio is easily one of the best games to be developed for Dreamcast. Even though the camera can be a pain in the ass a few times more than it should have, things are never unbearable. This game just has so much personality it’s almost sickening. Perfect graphics and sound, mixed with near flawless gameplay is the ideal recipe for a brilliant game. If this doesn’t sell systems, I don’t know what will.Nov 10th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (9.5 out of 10)
The game itself is very fun, and allows for one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences EVER! I highly recommend this game, as Jet Grind Radio is a definite must-have for any self-respecting Dreamcast owner.Jan 30th, 2002 · Dreamcast · read review
Game Vortex (9.5 out of 10)
In the end, Jet Grind Radio is one of the most original experiences you'll ever have on a video-game system today. It's like when, back in the late eighties and early nineties, new genres were still being developed. The first few offerings had their rough edges, but they were still amazing, and one can only marvel at what can be done in the second iteration. Multiplayer support, a tighter camera, and tighter controls are the only things that can really be done to make Jet Grind Radio any better. As it is, any self-respecting Dreamcast owner should have this game.Dec 8th, 2002 · Dreamcast · read review
Power Unlimited (9.4 out of 10)
Jet Set Radio heeft naast een geweldige verhaallijn ook nog een onuitputtelijke replay value omdat je na het uitspelen van het spel nog urenlang kunt doorgaan met het verkennen van de behaalde levels. Ook opties als zelf je tags ontwerpen of te downloaden van het internet geven het spel een extra dimensie.Jan 2001 · Dreamcast
MaXoE Games (9.4 out of 10)
En résumé, et vous l'aurez déjà compris, Jet Set Radio est un excellent jeu, qui souffre de défauts ennuyants par moments mais qui se révèlent minuscules par rapport au plaisir de jeu. On attend avec impatience une suite, qui avec mode multi joueurs pourrait une fois de plus nous impressionner!2000 · Dreamcast · read review
SegaFan.com (9.4 out of 10)
Concluyendo, estamos ante uno de los mejores juegos de Dreamcast, un clásico intemporal que sólo ha sido superado por su secuela, Jet Set Radio Future, aunque el estilo de los gráficos no es exactamente igual. Smilebit hizo historia creando una pequeña obra de arte, tanto estética como jugable, y popularizando el "cell shading". Nadie debería dejar pasar la oportunidad de probar este juego, puede gustarte o puede que lo odies, pero seguro que no te deja indiferente.Oct 24th, 2003 · Dreamcast · read review
Defunct Games (93 out of 100)
When Sega makes a good game, they make a genre to go along with it. I'm hard pressed to classify the game. Is it a third person shooter? No, you never use a gun. Perhaps a graffiti sim? Not quite. But whatever it is, its fantastic!Apr 2nd, 2005 · Dreamcast · read review
Meristation (9.3 out of 10)
Jet Set Radio, se presenta como una de las joyas en bruto que merece ser pulida por todos nosotros para llegar al Olimpo del video-juego... Altas cotas de originalidad, geniales gráficos, impresionante banda sonora, y magnífica jugabilidad son las premisas que llevan a este juego a convertirlo en uno de los serios competidores de Shenmue, como juego a ser comprado por todos estas navidades.Nov 28th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
NowGamer (9.3 out of 10)
Bringing gorgeous graffiti to your Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio is a stormer of a game that’s packed with original ideas2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Gameplay RPG (93 out of 100)
Voilà un jeu qui a fait beaucoup parler de lui lors de sa sortie au Japon, et qui risque bien de faire un carton aussi en Europe.Dec 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Gamer's Pulse (91 out of 100)
Overall, Jet Set Radio offers a highly unique experience to gamers. This game can’t really be placed in any one genre; it’s a totally new style of game. Of course, for those of us who own Dreamcasts, we come to expect this from Sega all the time. But everyone else out there is definitely missing out on something extremely special. Games like this don’t come along very often, so those of you out there who call yourselves gamers should really aim to play Jet Set Radio at least once, even if you only rent it. And now, with Dreamcast at such a low price, there has never been a better time to pick up and enjoy Jet Set Radio. So if you are reading this review and don’t own a Dreamcast, stop reading and go to your local store to pick one up, or risk missing out on one of the most unique games ever created.Jun 17th, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review
Game Revolution (A-)
Sega should be proud of their accomplishments with Jet Grind Radio, a game that brings out the best of the Dreamcast. With its fresh attitude and fun gameplay, this is a great alternative to sniffing paint cans in the morning.Nov 1st, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Futuregamez.net (91 out of 100)
Being a game reviewer means you get to play a lot of titles, and a lot of the time it can become a chore to play a game. When the review is done, most games get shelved. That won't be the case with Jet Set Radio. This game is very enjoyable and definately has that replayability which so many games seem to lack these days. With a great soundtrack and some of the coolest characters ever this game will keep you playing for weeks. If you are a parent be warned that there is a lot of "tagging" required throughout the game, as it really is the main theme of the game. If you don't want your kids to think this is a cool idea at a young age you may want to steer clear. For others, the graphics, sound and gameplay will blow you away.Dec 14th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Mega Fun (91 out of 100)
Mit dicken Augenrändern bin ich während der letzten Tage in die Redaktion marschiert. Bis früh in den Morgen habe ich immer wieder versucht, einen weiteren Level des Ausnahmetitels erfolgreich zu meistern. Sega erschuf eine wahre Droge, von der ich nicht mehr lassen kann! Jet Set (Grind) Radio zählt somit für mich schon jetzt zu einem der besten Titel des Jahres!Aug 2000 · Dreamcast
The Next Level (USA) (A-)
Despite the level of difficulty in the game, it's still an extremely fun title to get your hands on. Even after you beat it, there's still some great features (that will hopefully be left in the domestic version), like the Time Attack modes where you can upload your scores online to compare with other players. Overall, Sega has a real winner on its hands; a game that's not only fun for anyone over the age of 10 to play, but highly marketable as well. With the level of quality that goes into both the presentation of the game as well as the actual gameplay, I wouldn't be surprised if this is one of the titles that helps Sega attempt to weather the upcoming storm that is the PlayStation 2.Jul 15th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Retrogaming.it (9 out of 10)
In conclusione Jet Set Radio è un’esperienza assolutamente da non perdere, densa di un originale e moderno stile artistico legato al fin troppo bistrattato universo Hip Hop, nel quale una volta portato a termine il gioco vi sentirete per tanto tempo indissolubilmente appartenenti.Feb 7th, 2008 · Dreamcast · read review
Gamekult (9 out of 10)
Magnifique, superbe, sensationnel, autant d'adjectifs qui prennent tout leur sens dans Jet set radio. Des graphismes éblouissants, une jouabilité qui frise la perfection ; décidément, le jeu qui va révolutionner le gameplay sur Dreamcast semble bien être arrivé. Un concept simple mais radicalement efficace qui contentera tous les joueurs, petits et grands, gamers et néophytes avec ses mouvements délirants et son approche très ludique. En un mot, n'attendez plus et grindez vous procurer ce titre incontournable qui vous assurera des moments de plaisir intenses.Dec 2nd, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20)
Un véritable hit en puissance que ce Jet Set Radio somptueux tant par l'originalité, que le gameplay ou encore la réalisation. On scotche rapidement et il vous faudra du temps avant de lâcher Jet Set Radio et son fun incroyable.Nov 29th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
GameSpot (9 out of 10)
At first glance, Jet Grind Radio looks like an attempt to cash in on the recent skateboarding craze - but nothing could be farther from the truth. Sega's Jet Grind Radio is a game full of redefinitions, forcing you to really rethink what you expect out of a game from an audio/visual standpoint while delivering some exciting, balanced gameplay at the same time.Jul 5th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
GamersMark (9 out of 10)
I imported this game two months ago and I still find myself wanting to do some more destruction of property. Very high replay value.Nov 5th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
All Game Guide ( )
All in all, this mix of brilliant graphics, gameplay variety, and music makes for what might have been the greatest of Dreamcast games -- if only they'd bothered to toss in a two-player simultaneous mode. This is a glaring omission and would have almost certainly put the game over that nebulous masterpiece hurdle, whereas now it only skirts delicately against the surface of that prestigious bubble. Still, all qualms aside, Jet Grind Radio deserves to be recognized, and every Sega supporter and lover of quality games should go out and get it. Now.2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( )
It’s hard to describe exactly how it works out so well, but the graphics and music make a perfect union with the subject matter in this title, and the resulting fusion is an absolute joy to behold. Aside from some troublesome camera work and a clunky save game interface, Jet Grind Radio is easily one of the best offerings released in 2000 for the Dreamcast. [...] Patience is a virtue however, and those who press on past the steep learning curve will develop a new appreciation for the arts of level design and musical compilation. Mix in an impressive new technique for rendering characters that captures the spirit of animation while still being 3D, and you should have ample reason to master the rail slides and jumps needed to complete each level. With the possible exception of those that absolutely detest action games, any Dreamcast owner should strap on their blades and grind their way to the closest retailer for a copy of this high-flying gem.Jan 12th, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review
Planet Dreamcast (9 out of 10)
Jet Grind Radio is a unique experience. The graphics are some of the most amazing you'll see on any of the "next-generation" consoles this year, and prove once again that with a little ingenuity, the Dreamcast can be even more visually stimulating than any of its more powerful brothers. Add in a fun soundtrack, gameplay that is as unique as anything else on the market today, and a great sense of style, and you know that Sega has a real winner on its hands. From the second you turn on your Dreamcast, you'll realize you're stepping into a game world like no other, and you may never want to leave. Simply put, Jet Grind Radio is one of the best titles available this holiday season, and a great addition to the already amazing Dreamcast library.Nov 20th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
SEGA-Portal.de (9 out of 10)
Einfach unglaublich was Sega mit diesem Spiel geschaffen hat! Jet Set Radio sprüht nur so vor Spielwitz und Style und markiert definitiv den Höhepunkt des japanischen Herstellers an Innovation und Ideenreichtum. Grafisch, sound- und präsentationstechnisch auf aller höchstem Dreamcast-Niveau, fesselt der Titel auch aufgrund der gelungenen Mischung aus Trendsport, Geschicklichkeit und Action ans Pad! Denn der Spielfluss bleibt trotz so vieler verschiedener Elemente stets hoch und wird auch nie durch einen unfairen Schwierigkeitsgrad gestört. Wäre der Umfang des Spiel nur nicht so knapp ausgefallen, hätts vielleicht zu „9,5 von 10“ gereicht. Trotzdem aber immer noch ein Spiel, das man gesehen und gespielt haben muss. So viel Spaß hat man selten!Sep 20th, 2009 · Dreamcast · read review
GamesCollection (9 out of 10)
Come già detto, Jet Set Radio è un titolo imprescindibile nella bacheca di ogni videogiocatore che si rispetti, anche solo per ciò che ha rappresentato al tempo della sua uscita che risale a oramai dieci lunghi anni fa. Un punto di riferimento per gli amanti della cultura hip hop e una inaspettata sorpresa per chi non la ha mai sopportata, ma soprattutto un acquisto imprescindibile per gli amanti del Dreamcast e dei tempi d’oro del Videogioco moderno inteso come espressione d’arte. Non averlo sarebbe un reato… peggiore che “imbrattare i muri”.Jan 17th, 2011 · Dreamcast · read review
Video Games (9 out of 10)
Als einzigen Kritikpunkt könnte man vielleicht den etwas zu hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad erwähnen, der aber unserer Meinung nach eher motivierend, denn frustrierend ist. Zwar müsst ihr viele der knackschweren Stages zehnmal und (fast schon zu viel?) öfter spielen, um sie letztendlich zu schaffen, jedoch kommt ihr bei jedem Versuch ein kleines Stückchen weiter (und sei es nur ein Zentimeter), was - genügend Ehrgeiz vorausgesetzt - für eine enorme Herausforderung sorgt und wochenlang Spaß macht. Also Leute - wer hier nicht zuschlägt, ist selber schuld, zumal dieser Import auch für Nicht-Japaner durch ein wenig Try-an-Error eigentlich größtenteils problemlos zu spielen ist, Get it!Aug 2000 · Dreamcast
Video Games (90 out of 100)
Geniale Präsentation gepaart mit viel Spielwitz, Areale, die man stundenlang erkunden kann, coole Mucke und Sprachausgabe sowie nette Gimmicks – was wollt ihr mehr? Leider ist das Spiel an sich etwas kurz geraten, schon nach wenigen Tagen werdet ihr den Abspann sehen. Dann bleibt zwar immer noch die Suche nach den versteckten Tag-Symbolen, aber für einen eventuellen Nachfolger erwarte ich mir quantitativ ungefähr doppelt so viele beziehungsweise verschiedene Städte.
Armchair Empire, The (9 out of 10)
Gamers looking for something different to play on their Dreamcast should seriously consider getting Jet Grind Radio. The unique gameplay alone makes the title worth spending some time with.Dec 20th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
GamePro (US) (4.5 out of 5)
Jet Grind Radio is a unique and fun action game. The excellent graphics and unique look back the solid gameplay. It's certainly one of the best games for the Dreamcast this year. The simple, but challenging gameplay will suck you in. Do yourself a favor and grab Jet Grind.Nov 24th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
GameSpot UK (8.8 out of 10)
Jet Set Radio is one of those "something for everyone" games that really make a perfect addition to the Dreamcast library. While all of the game's speech is already in English, the tag editor and text throughout the game are all in Japanese, so it might be easier to just wait for the game's UK release later this year under the name Jet Grind Radio.Jul 18th, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Gamezone (Germany) (8.8 out of 10)
Dieser Titel hat so viel Charme, daß es ein Vergehen wäre, sich diesen Titel nicht zu zulegen. Neben den tollen Tricks, beeindruckt die gesamte Rundum-Story. In der Stadt Tokio gibt es einige Gangs, die natürlich ihr Revier mit Graffitis markieren. Hier heißt es, sich gegen andere zu behaupten, indem man der eigenen Clique dabei hilft, die Tags anderer mit den eigenen zu übersprühen.Apr 27th, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (8.5 out of 10)
Even a game this good has to have some flaws. The camera is at times sporadic, but by no means hindering to the gameplay. Also, the control can be hard to grasp from the start, frustrating those with little patience. Otherwise, Sega has created the world's most innovative game in at least five years. Anyone who owns a Dreamcast owes it to themselves to see what the fuss is about.May 7th, 2005 · Dreamcast · read review
One major thing that annoyed me about this game is the camera work. Some levels have cramped areas, and you'll really struggle to get a good angle. And that's no fun when the police are beating you with clubs like Rodney King (I'm not kidding!). Jet Grind is unlike any other game out there. It's far from perfect, but it deserves a look.Jan 3rd, 2001 · Dreamcast · read review
Super Play (Sweden) (8 out of 10)
Sega är verkligen på hugget nu. De står för de mest innovativa titlarna vi har för tillfället. Jet Set Radio är en någorlunda smart produktion som självfallet kommer att imiteras. Men originalet förblir oftast det bästa och det är därför jag hoppas att ni kommer att tycka om Jet Set Radio lika mycket som jag.Nov 2000 · Dreamcast
Sharkberg ( )
Anyways! If you’ve got yourself a Dreamcast, you should already have this game. If not… get on that, fool! If you don’t have a Dreamcast (you poor soul), you can pick this title up digitally for the PS3, Vita, Xbox 360, or Steam. It’s wacky! It’s cool! It’s a good influence for children! It’s a classic for the ages.Sep 12th, 2015 · Dreamcast · read review
Sega-16.com (8 out of 10)
Despite my quibbles, I can’t think of a reason not to have Jet Grind Radio in your Dreamcast library. It’s still incredibly playable and just oozes style and charm. The characters are memorable and the soundtrack is insanely good. I know many people prefer it to the sequel, and that says a lot about its appeal. Sega remastered it in 2012 for consoles, PC, and mobile devices and it’s a great way to experience Tokyo-to if you don’t have a Dreamcast. Just keep in mind that some songs are missing from that version for licensing reasons. However you play it, you can’t go wrong with Professor K and the GG gang.May 4th, 2020 · Dreamcast · read review
Console Obsession (8 out of 10)
Jet Set Radio is a very colourful and exciting game with a youthful vibe, giving you a sense of unison as these young characters all come together to fight for their rights. Being able to create your own tag was certainly novel and enjoyable, and being able to skate around, destroying the environments, spraying graffiti, being able to perform skating tricks and annoy other non-playable characters in the game certainly made you feel like the rebel that these teenage characters are.Sep 1st, 2015 · Dreamcast · read review
Game Critics (8 out of 10)
Jet Grind Radio shows us a new and fun visual style and combines it with great music and fast gameplay to create one hell of an initial thrill. There are a lot of things to do within the game, but sometimes it's more concerned with overloading your eyes and ears with color and sound than it is with trying new things gameplay-wise. You could even say it relies a little too much on the graphics and music instead of giving more depth to the game world and refining the suspect game camera. This is not to say that the graphics and music aren't worthy of such attention (because they are), but there were times in Jet Grind Radio when it needed just a touch more emphasis on making the game geniunely fun rather than making it just look fun. However, its high energy and outlandish vision are able to cover up for any holes a finicky gamer like me might find. Ultimately, Jet Grind Radio is another distinctive title from Sega, and one that could define what next generation games are all about.Dec 3rd, 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Gaming since 198x (4 out of 5)
Jeu sous estimé sur une console sous estimée, JSR fait souvent partie des tops 10 "des jeux que vous ne devriez pas rater" et on comprend pourquoi.Jun 2nd, 2011 · Dreamcast · read review
Joypad (8 out of 10)
Bon, il manque bien deux trois petites choses à JSR pour atteindre des sommets, comme un mode Deux Joueurs ou même la possibilité de faire soi-même les figures de son choix (les grinds sont plutôt variés mais dépendent de situations et non de manips'), je ne vous sortirai donc pas le couplet : « ce jeu justifie à lui seul l'achat de la console »... Mais si vous avez une Dreamcast, en tout cas, allez-y, foncez, c'est trop bien Jet Set Radio !Sep 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ( )
Watching Jet Set is a joy thanks to its crisp cartoon visuals. Add the bangin' tunes and you've got the hippest piece of software, ever. Playing it rocks because it's so easy to pull off cool tricks and spray tags all over the place. And as simple as the gameplay is, you'll constantly get kicks out o learning new techniques and working out how to reach new areas. But let downs come in the form of an absence of a two-player mode, and the fact that the single player adventure won't last you long. This is a stroke of genius, but only a fleeting one.Dec 2000 · Dreamcast · read review
Game Freaks 365 (7.6 out of 10)
I was always a big fan of the cell-shaded graphics in this game. They are really quite nice for Dreamcast, while still keeping up a good frame rate. I got this game as a gift, but I don’t think I would have bought it on my own. It is a very hard game and it took me forever to beat. I wouldn’t buy it, I know it’s definitely worth trying. I guess that’s why its on the official Dreamcast demo disk.2001 · Dreamcast · read review
Jet Set Radio has its moments and can be mildly fun in short bursts, but it takes a very patient gamer to endure its temperamental controls and relentlessly dull mission objectives. While there's no doubting the top-tier level design and gorgeous art style, the rest of the game is unable to maintain similar high standards.Apr 19th, 2020 · Dreamcast · read review
Gameplay almost as unique as the graphical style
by David Mackenzie (48)
The tricks are extremely easy to pull off, which actually makes them a little less satisfying. The object of the game is to skate around levels, performing tricks, and spraypainting ("tagging") over the graffiti creations of rival teams. Of course, that'd be too easy on its own, so the keisatsu (police force) are hot on your heels too. There's also the slight problem of rival gangs that you have to chase after every so often.
The graffiti spraying part of the game is done with a Simon-says entry style (think Parappa the Rapper). When you skate up to an area that you can tag (marked by an appropriately colored arrow), a series of arrows appear on-screen. You have to move the analog stick in the right direction to match the arrows, and after a few repeats, the rival teams' tag will be completely covered over with one of your choice (more on that later). Red arrows indicate an area that must be tagged in order to complete the level. Green arrows indicate areas you can tag if you want bonus points.
They're some pretty simple mechanics, with a varied number of skating tricks and environments to keep things interesting - a classic Sega recipe. As a result, Jet Set Radio's gameplay is so simple that it's even a joy to re-play, and is pure gold the first time through.
Another damn fun feature is the tag creator. The game comes with a huge number of great looking tags already, but you can always create your own with the built in editor. People that find this a little lacking in the features department can just as easily use Photoshop, and upload the file to a web server as a JPEG image, because the game can convert images saved to the memory card from the Dreamcast web browser into game textures.
The game runs at a near-constant 30 frames per second. When slowdown occurs, it's usually because of smoke or sprite transparency effects - thankfully this isn't much and rarely affects gameplay. Jet Set's cel-shading technique requires double the polygon count to display characters, due to the fact that they are heavily outlined in black. This means that the developers can't make the character geometry quite as detailed as they otherwise could, so you might sometimes notice a rough edge here and there. It's pure luck that the comic-like visual style of the game soaks this up nicely and if anything, makes the end result more stylish.
This game uses licensed music tracks, which could make it or break it for some. While I didn't find many of the songs especially good, they certainly weren't bad either and seemed to match the feel of the game. You can always turn the Background Music level to zero, if you seriously don't like them. NOTE: The American NTSC version has a few extra licensed music tracks by Rob Zombie, that play over the Grind City level. I have played this version and in my opinion they fit in with the rest of the tracks quite badly. This might be of interest to you if you have access to either version of the game. The voice effects are also good and the characters'll give a cry of "nice!" or "cool!" when you pull off stunts. It's a pity there's no voice-overs for the the cut scenes (which are delivered in real-time, there is no FMV in the game).
If there's any faults with this area of the game, the controls could be seen as a little questionable. At times they feel as though they could be more sensitive, and they certainly take some getting used to. Die-hard fans of games such as the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series might also be annoyed at the simplicity of the skating tricks - they're more or less random and you don't get too much control over them, which can make them less satisfying than they could be for some.
There is some polygonal warping and draw-in, but nothing to lose sleep over. Slightly more severe are the shimmering/flickering effects that some of the textures produce. These can be an eyesore but again don't get in the way too much.
The 50hz PAL version is poor. The mentioned anti-aliasing problems are worsened making a very flickery image, although the game isn't as bordered as badly as it might be. This is irrelevant however as Jet Set Radio supports PAL60.
The game's menus aren't too well laid out. After quite a slow boot-up (hampered by a message that reminds you that vandalism isn't cool and crime doesn't pay, yaddayadda), you're presented with a menu screen that gives you the option of New Game, Load Game, and Tutorial. The Tutorial is pretty poor and does nearly nothing but let you skate around the games' Bus Terminal area with a few on-screen prompts, and is fairly useless anyway since selecting New Game gives you a much better set of practice challenges. Once you load a game, you'll get another series of options, presented in a pretty cool way - you press the left and right directional buttons to cycle around different areas in the skate gang's garage hideout. This lets you do stuff like listen to background music, browse the internet to download new tags (if your DC is connected to a phone line), or start a new level. The annoying thing is, if you want to change memory card file, you'll need to reset the whole system over, and that means going through the long, boring bootup sequence. It'd surely have been a better idea to combine these two menu systems into one. Even still, it's hardly worth complaining about.
The Bottom Line
Jet Set Radio is just one of these games that's looked back upon by Dreamcast owners so fondly. When it was released, the relatively new cel-shading technique wowed gamers everywhere, with the grungy urban-style visuals that it rendered. It's a must for every Dreamcast owner. The gameplay is almost as unique as the graphical style, the sound fits the on-screen action perfectly, and the whole style is just so damn cool. So go ahead - paint the town red. Or green.... aquamarine..... orange - what ails ya.
OVERALL: 9/10 (www.lyris.tk)
Nov 18th, 2003 · Dreamcast
Not Quite Tony Hawk, Not Quite Mario Paint, Not Quite Like Anything Else...
by Steve Thompson (126)
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.
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.
Jul 15th, 2005 · Dreamcast
My favorite Dreamcast game
by Attila (587)
JGR uses cell shading technology which makes the game's graphics look kind of cartoony, but in a good way. Very smooth animations and cool graffiti. The soundtrack was totally awesome and I loved it. Though it probably doesn't appeal to all. It's a mix of techno and rap. There were also a few hard rock songs thrown in there.
There are a lot of different characters you can use and many different modes of play, which give the game a big replay factor, even if the story is somewhat short. It'll take you a while to find all the different pieces of graffiti. I love the fact that you can go through the storyline again and again.
It seemed a bit too short, at least the story part of the game. There was also slowdown and the load times were too long and too often. It's hard to find too much wrong with the gameplay. The last boss was also quite easy.
The sequel (Jet Set Radio Future) will be on Xbox, instead of the canned DC. :-(
The Bottom Line
A wonderful mix of graffiti and roller-blading, and definitely worth the cheap price it's at now. A great game that has been somewhat overlooked.
Jan 24th, 2002 · Dreamcast
Bring in da tunes...bring in da tricks...JET SET RADIO IS IN DA HOUSE!!!
by Satoshi Kunsai (2072)
Sega's a company with a lot of guts; they'll release some of the wackiest and weirdest games ever known to man, and some may succeed, some may be cult classics, and some may fail. I don't know where Jet Set Radio ended up, but I do know this: tell me of any other game that mixes rollerblading, racing, action, and spraypainting. I'll bet no one can. Jet Set Radio is simply one of the coolest, most original, and all out quirkiest ideas Sega's ever come up with. I bought this out of sheer curiosity and ended up with one of my favorite Dreamcast games ever made. Let's move on and see how the game stacks up.
Well, first there's the whole story and premise: somewhere in Asia is a city called Tokyo-to (although it's really obvious that the game obviously is taking place in Tokyo, Japan), where several gangs roam the streets. In the district of Kogane-cho are the Poison Jam; in the district of Benten-cho are the Noise Tanks, and then in Shibuya-cho, we have the game's heroes (or good guys, if you insist): the GG's.In the center of it all is the pirate radio station Jet Set Radio, manned by funkmaster DJ Professor K, who is the man on the street who knows everything that goes on in Tokyo-to. He'll keep you informed during the game of the latest news from the street. But to continue on, someone invaded the GG's territory and tagged (or spraypainted) their graffiti somewhere in Shibuya-cho. Of course, since Shibuya-cho's the coolest section of Tokyo-to and the GG's aren't up to sharing, they have to defend their territory from rival gangs. But there's one more problem: the fuzz want to eliminate all the gangs to, as they say "make the streets safer", but it's just an excuse for them to throw everyone into jail for life. So now you've got several objectives: go and steal the other gangs' hangouts by tagging them with your own graffiti, and avoid the cops at any cost. So each level basically works like this: tag designated locations marked by arrows, avoid the cops as much as possible, and grind through the stages while performing some really wicked tricks.
If you're going to ask about stuff like "Well, I guess there are enemies and such, right?", then the answer is yes. You have rival gangs to deal with, the cops, Police Chief Onishima (a.k.a. "Shorty"), and later in the game a deadly group called the Golden Rhinos. The cops are pretty tough to deal with: they are all nuts, and love using tools of mass destruction. The worst of the lot is Onishima, who chases your characters and shoots rubber bullets at them. Thankfully, you can also tag Shorty and get him off your tail, as well as choppers, which crash when their windshields are sprayed. But if you thought the cops were bad, wait till you run into the Golden Rhinos...
The tag system is rather easy to use: when you come to any place that can be tagged, a thought bubble will appear over your character's head, meaning they're ready to tag. Tags come in several sizes: small graffiti, which takes only one blast of paint to tag; large graffiti, which takes 3 cans; and extra large, which can take up to 11 cans. Tagging larger graffiti requires several circle strokes with the analog stick, so keep your hands steady while tagging so you don't waste cans.
Controls are easy to handle. Tricks are done more or less automatically, so you don't have to worry about complicated button combos for them. The A button jumps, the R trigger makes you dash, and the L trigger controls camera angles and tagging. That's it!
Now, let's move on to graphics, sounds, and music. The graphics in this game are freakin' EXCELLENT!!! Everything is drawn and rendered using cel-shaded graphics, lending a VERY cool hand-drawn look to everything. Everyone and everything is drawn in really good detail, but still retaining the look of an anime of some kind. The sounds are also of amazing quality, with plenty of voice effects, lots of ambient sounds, and of course, the sounds of grinding and skating abound. As for the music...there's a TON of damn good music in JSR, ranging from rock to hip-hop, from dance to techno, and everything in between. Some of the best pieces include "Let Mom Sleep", "Yappie Feet", "Up-Set Attack", "Magical Girl", and the final boss theme, "Grace and Glory". So why doesn't someone tell me where a JSR soundtrack CD can be bought so I can buy the damn thing already? ^_^
Combining the camera and tag functions into one button is a pain in the ass sometimes, and a few of the selectable characters are kinda worthless. Your best bets are to use Beat, Tab, Garam, Combo, and Cube for main stages, Mew for speed stages, and Gum for some of the rival stages.
Also, seeing its sequel on the Xbox and not on the 'Cast or PS2 is a bit disheartening...>_<...guess that means ANOTHER system to buy...
The Bottom Line
For game-starved Dreamcast owners, this is a definite must-have. It's original as hell, and a LOT of fun to boot.
JET SET RADIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Jun 11th, 2002 · Dreamcast
A visual feast
by Tracer__ (13)
Most obviously is the graphical style. I don't know if this was the first game to use cel shading, but it was the first I played that used it. Every part of Tokyo-to is stunningly realised in a cartoony style. No part of the town is shoddily done, every part has been taken time over, and this extends to other aspects of the game.
The idea of graffiti hadn't been tackled before in a game, at least in this sense, where you are actually doing the graffiti. This was a brave move from Sega, and even got them in trouble when they held a graffiti contest to promote the game.
The music was perfectly selected, supporting the game at all times with tunes that you just had to tap your feet to. The characters voices were all well done too, especially DJ professor K, who expanded the story at several points, including many bizarre references to personal hygiene.
Finally the noise that the police make while they chase you, I'll always remember 'hup hup hup hup hup hup hup'
The fact that you didn't choose which trick you would perform each time you jumped, or attempted to grind a rail. Perhaps this would've detracted from the overall game experience, as it was mainly about the graffiti and avoiding the law.
The Bottom Line
A very brave and individual game. The cel shaded graphics put this game in a league of it's own, if you find this game cheap I seriously recommend you buy it over it's X-Box sequel, Jet Set Radio Future.
Nov 23rd, 2003 · Dreamcast
Jet Set Radio, Radio!
by Classic Nigel (145)
Jet Grind Radio is a wonderfully original game lets list what the many things is the first to do first to use Cel Shading, first to have a game about Spraying Graffiti and one of the first games to have licensed music. In the game you play as a gang called the GG’S which compete with other gangs like the Poison Jam from the city of dusk, Noise Tanks from the city of the night, and your gang is from the city of the day in a futuristic Tokyo where it is illegal for youths to express themselves the game begins when a newcomer gang hits you’re home turf and you have to get it back and in no surprise the cops try to stop you at first its just beat cops then slowly escalates to dogs, SWAT, Paratroopers, helicopters, and tanks. Once you take a territory you have to do a sort of “battle” in which you spray the backs of the gang members sort of silly which brings another point to mind I’ve seen reviews trashing this game one of their complaints being its too overblown but that is intentional to parody how overblown other Japanese entertainment can get. The music is one of the best game soundtracks ever except for Super Brother and you’ll hear a song end and it gets mixed with the beginning of the next song like a real DJ would do Perfection.
Now the Bad the camera can be sloppy and the controls take some getting used to specially the spraying technique of course now I have mastered it playing it since it first came out and have beaten it about 100 times now I can get a jet rating on every level.
The Bottom Line
Overall I think the good out weighs the bad this is my favorite Dreamcast game and favorite game of all time.
Sep 3rd, 2006 · Dreamcast
Wonderfully stylish game, but...
by optrirominiluikus (117)
The graphics and overall style of the game is very good and unique and all that stuff. Certainly it was refreshing to see when it first came out. The music gets boring pretty fast but it well made and fits the game nicely. Even though I'm not much into "hip kids owning the streets" or whatever, the story and presentation works fine.
It is a very fun game, in fact I think it's one of the best games for the Dreamcast. And it's still almost unique, the sequel for the Xbox is pretty much the same game.
The level design is mostly wonderful, even if there really are just five different areas to skate around in. The individual stages of the game are smaller or bigger parts of these areas, and upon finishing the game you can choose to play individual levels, or skate around the areas as you wish.
There are three different challenges you can take on upon completion of the game, and these can be done as many times as you want, in any order, or not at all. They are JET Graffiti, JET Technique, and JET Crush. In other words, the graffiti challenge, the trick challenge, and the race challenge. Unfortunately there is no two-player mode, which is a real bummer.
The music is good, the tracks are very skillfully mixed into each other throughout the game, and there is much variation.
The controls. Oh man, the controls seriously ruin the experience for me, and indeed for anyone I know who has played this game.
Simple things like running up a set of stairs or wallskating to tag something can get very frustrating and often requires many replays. And the worst part is that I don't know if it's Sega's fault for designing the Dreamcast's abomination of a controller, or if it's just poor programming. Which brings us to the trick system. As far as I have been able to figure out, all tricks are random, the manual doesn't really mention them, and that's a big bummer. Something more like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater would have been preferable. As it is now, you only have to use three buttons (A, L and R) to play the game. Would it not have been a good idea to use B, X and Y to perform tricks? Getting a high score on all levels certainly would have been more fun and challenging if there were actual tricks to perform, not just jumping and grinding, hoping that the character will do some nice tricks along the way.
And the fact that there's always a time limit makes me so stressed out that I almost don't want to play it. But I paid for it so I have to. Also, the game's menus are extremely annoying, think Medal of Honor x10.
There should have been a two-player mode, I do however think that it would require two Dreamcasts linked in some way, since the graphics can slow down quite a bit in the single player mode, and I shudder to think what would happen in split screen mode.
The system for designing one's own graffiti tags is quite simple, and could have been better, perhaps utilizing a system similar to Animal Crossing's system for designing patterns for use in the game. There used to be downloadable graffiti tags and other goodies, but I have no idea if there are any official servers left, since the Dreamcast's untimely demise.
The Bottom Line
Great eyecandy, ok music, pretty fun game hampered by extremely frustrating controls, overly simplistic trick system and a long, boring loading/warning-don't-do-this-at-home sequence in the beginning...it is however worth the small amount of money you'd spend on it. It is a fun game, but be prepared for some extremely frustrating moments, and it's all because of the controls.
However, I seriously feel that not even the controls can spoil the fact that this is, in my opinion, one of the top three games for the Dreamcast, and if you don't own this, you suck.
Dec 16th, 2006 · Dreamcast
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