“ A fun and original game, Jet Set Radio is a graffiti based game in which the player has to navigate around the map on roller skates. The game is easy to play and the graphics good for its age. „
If you haven't played or heard of this game, you haven't lived! It has to be the coolest retro stylee games ever - it's why I bought a dreamcast however many years ago it was. In this game, you play as one of a selection of characters, going round painting graffiti around various towns, while the police chase after you.
You move around on rollerskates and you can cruise, jump, wallride and grind in them, to escape from police and access new areas. Strangely, you can take down choppers by spray painting them, maybe an area of the game that was a bit ridiculous :P Apart from that, the game's great.
The controls are simple to use and the graphics are good, considering the time when the game came out. I found the game fairly long and worth the cheap price you can most likely pick it up for these days.
Jet Set Radio is a game that really shows off the abilities of the somewhat underated dreamcast. I loved playing this and I would have loved to play the sequel, but it was on Xbox :(. I would recommend this game to every single person who has never played it, as it is a really kitsch and cool game.
The first game I got for the Dreamcast was Jet Set Radio, is a visually stunning title that still stands up extremely well today, and is notable for making the use of cel-shaded graphics popular in games - thus, later iterations of the Zelda and Prince of Persia franchises owe a lot to this superb game.
The game pits you as a skater, who goes around a Japanese district, spray-painting and performing various other tasks, whilst trying to outrun the police, who get tougher and tougher the longer they're on you (ultimately throwing gas grenades at you!). You form a skate gang early on, and also have enemy gangs who will chase you if they see you, but if you can defeat them in a challenge, then they will hand up their gloves and grant you permission to claim the area as your own spraying ground.
What really impresses me is the general feel and aesthetic of the game - it has a superb soundtrack that combines J-pop sensibilities with some more Western rap music (no doubt to make the game appeal to a more broad audience). The visuals, though, are the unqualified reason to check this game out - even a decade later, it still stands up incredibly well, and is something of a visual hallmark for its revolutionary technique. Why the game didn't sell more copies is, to me, baffling.
There are plenty of other cool tricks, like being able to post your own custom spraytag online, although, of course, the Dreamcast's online capabilities crumbled many years ago now. Whilst the game itself doesn't have a lot of longevity, and can be completed fairly breezily, the sheer visual wonder of it should have you coming back for more and more, not to mention how fun it is to skate around the city and perform crazy jumps and stunts, whilst evading the frenzied police, and other gangs.
Jet Set Radio is the European version of the Japanesse skating game Jet Grind Radio. The game involves roller skating around cityscapes and graffiting walls and vehicles. The level designs utilising the cel-shaped style are superb and a nice smooth cartoon look which is a nice change to the realstic style of other skating games. This style also benefits the gameplay which is fun and visually exciting as you skate around at speed, jump, grind and pause to complete the graffiti challenges. The aim of the game is to complete grind and jump moves and collect spray cans to be able to form the graffiti challenges. There are some let downs to game, that depending on your personal abilities, will either hinder your experience or not. The gameplay is difficult as controlling your character and completeing tasks often envolve complicated joystick movements and combined button pushing. There is also an annoying amount of cut-scenes with characters talking for often an unnecessary length of time before you can get playing the game. Overall its a game thats more suited to dedicated gamers and takes some time and effort to fully grasp the often compliacted gameplay moves and is not as accessible and easy to play as other popular skating games.
Ever wondered what a graffiti sim for a computer game would look like? Ever been to Berlin? Imagine a hip-hop skating freak with street cred and style. It's your turf, and it's your duty to protect it. Starting with the humble beginnings in Tokyo-to, your skating/graffiti group called the GG's has burst their way onto the scene. After securing a patch, a rival group known only as the 'Love Shockers' (because people broke their hearts and they're now full of rage) have invaded. It's your task as Beat, Gum or Tab, to drive them away and re-spray paint your words with extra style and panache. The game in a sense takes the fun from Perfect Dark and Final Fantasy and combines it with pure originality - a mixture that can be certain to bring in the cash flow. Due to the Dreamcast's dilapidated fan base, you can now pick this game up for only £5, and those who have played the sequel on the X-box (Jet Set Radio Future) will notice the difference. For those of you who don't know what cel-shading is, it's a new way of easily rendering game animation, and it looks like a cartoon. Take a look at the new Zelda game, The Windmaker. That's cel-shaded. This cartoon style look and the perfect gameplay makes Jet Set Radio a smash, as I have mentioned before. Taking the game from the top - there's a practise mode. It'll teach everyone the basics - sprint skating, dodging bullets, grinding and spray painting. At the end of the practise mode comes some very hard challenges, like get 50 tricks in a row, but they aren't compulsory. It's all good fun! After the practise mode, there's the story mode. I've said the beginning story line up above, with the Love Shockers. The game plays over 5 huge maps, each more deadly that the last. The goal in each map is to spray paint all the particular areas, by collecting spray cans and doing the appropriate movement with the analog st
ick to complete the spray painting. Sometimes the target is a wall, something on the floor, or someone's back! If it's someone's back, the person sprints away, and the idea is that you have to go catch them, as they only move when you get near. It gets hard from time to time, but that's the game. I had to work with it, not against it. After each part of story mode, Professor K, the owner and only DJ of Tokyo-to's private radio station 'Jet Set Radio', informs us of the present situation, and what goes on next. But for the next level, you might have more than the choice of your gang members. Others will challenge you and its up to the best of your skills to beat them. And then they join you. Each character possesses different abilities - either they have a larger life bar, or the can turn quicker. Maybe they just score more points or can hold more cans of spray paint. It's up to you to make the best decision. Not only that, but in each level the police will chase after you. You have to sprint to escape the bullets or jump over tanks. In the later stages, specialist snipers or flame-thrower people might be called in to give you some sort of toasting. Yummy - fried skater. You also choose the graffiti you spray - by collecting special power-ups, you can gain more and more pictures that you can spray paint around the towns 5 huge areas. The story line is brilliant and highly original, just like the game. The soundtrack caters for a variety of tastes, so don't get put off thinking its all going to be skater music. The limitations to only one player mode makes this game worth playing once through, but those few hours you spend will make live worth living. Happy spray-skating! Advantages: Highly Original Brilliantly Fun Cheap and an essential part of any Dreamcast owners collection Disadvantages: No 2 player mode qrf1
This game isnt that old and came out for the Dreamcast. When i first got it i was addicated to it!!! Well its set in Asia. I think its in Tokyo Japan. Its a group of kids vandaliseing the place. They go around and spray paint almost everything with the logo of Jet Set Radio. Each member travles by roller blades. Each round is situated in a different place such as on roof tops and under ground. You can only pick one person to start with. But the further you get into the game the more characters you can pick. Also you are able to change your character after each round. Each character has his and hers own weakneses and strengh. For example one person might be fast at skateing but slow at spray painting. You now have to start spray painting. But when you think its ok to spray paint the police come after you. Loads of police on foot, in the air, in vans and in boats come out of no wheres and chase you through each round. Depending on the round there might only be police on land and in vans. Also they bring the dogs with them! When they get to you all they do is beat the crap out of you and you have to get away before dying. Also apart from spary painting various objects in each round, you also have to collect these logo items too. You can also pick up bonus points and enegry boosts in each round. Overall this is a great game. The graphics are great and the sound is too. Theres loads of sound effects and tunes in each round. The gameplay is excellent as you will probably be sitting there a while trying to complete it.
With Professor K rip-rapping the streets of Tokyo-to through his pirate radio station, Jet Set Radio, you play the intrepid graffiti gang, the GG?s. Your task? Try and stop the other graffiti groups - the heart-breaking Love Shockers; the chemical chomping Poison Jam and the metallic maniacs the Noise Tanks ? of Tokyo-to trying to invade your turf and subsequently invade theirs. Your group? At first, you play as Beat and with some help from Gum and Tab (who show you basic maneuvers); the GG?s are formed. Along the route, other graffiti artists and skaters challenge the GG?s to follow certain moves across parts of Tokyo-to. If you win, the challenger joins the GG?s. The plot? Although the consequences of your actions negate the linear storyline, the way you can play and interpret the plot can vary. The main twist comes into the game after about the seventh stage ? Cube and Combo ask to join the GG?s in exchange for help to find their friend, Coin. Cube, Combo and Coin used to rule Grind Square, now taken over by the dreaded Golden Rhinos! The game? The idea of each stage ? after choosing a member of the GG?s to take to the streets ? is either to spray your GG style graffiti in designated areas or spray your GG style graffiti over other groups. To successfully complete the stage, not only does the graffiti have to be everywhere but you have to have had survived a ferocious onslaught that includes machine gun fire, crazed stun-gun operators, the occasional tank and vast arrays of car bombs. Not only is the Jet Set Radio idea original, it has been applied in the best possible way in this graffiti spraying, nauseating, psychedelic, funkadelic kick-butt game. 10/10 ? Roll on Jet Set Radio Future (Xbox) Advantages: Fast Paced Gameplay Multitude of graphical excellencies And sound to match Disadvantages: No varied options menu Sometimes difficult to control Can only go
on once you complete a level IanJC
Jet Set Radio is one of the coolest games that you can purchase with your Dreamcast. The idea of the game is simple; you must blade around the cities painting the town red with your own personalised graffiti. This may sound like a weird game that is because it is! The game is not actually like a normal game, the graphics are like manga comics and they have a great deal of detail to the, You are in a cartoon world and your job is to spray paint your graffiti in the special areas so that you can cover up other rival gangs. The game is based in a place they call ?Tokyo-To? in which there are 3 areas. You have to paint all the arrows in a city in order to clear that. They don?t make it easy at all. The police and all other weird kinds of enemies always attack you. They persist you throughout the level so you have to be fast in order to beat the clock. The graphics of this game as I have said are completely amazing. You are in a comic that is completely free for you to control. You can blade pretty much anywhere and you can go where you want to and do what you like. The animations of the characters and the level are amazing. If you love comics you will love this. It feels very smooth when you are playing the game and feels good to watch. Some of the pedestrians look a bit weird as some times you look about twice as big as them, but you will not likely discover this unless you are looking for faults. The story basically revolves around you spraying your graffiti over some other gang?s graffiti. Once you have taken over their turf they must then retreat and you win. So you have to go round and ?tag? all the arrows in order to beat the stage. Once you have done this you have to take on the gang in a chase where the only way to defeat them is spaying your logo onto them. Later you go back in time and you go to another city, which looks like New York. This is very cool and is a nice extra, which has been added to the American and European Version.
As you progress in the game you try and gather members to join the GG?s and you must show off your tricks to them in order for them to join you. This breaks the game up a bit and is a nice extra added to the game, which fits in very well. Once members have joined you, you can select them to play with. Each character has different stats so some may be suited for different levels to others. When you do have to get new members you will have to do certain things. The main things you have to do is either copy a certain move they do, or you have to have a race along a level in which the first person to tag the spray wins. The races are a lot harder than the tricks but these may get frustrating and take up lots of time if you keep failing. The sound is the best part of this game by far; the music in the game is one of the best and most modern soundtracks in games today. Instead of adopting a Tony Hawk?s style music of Punk, Hip-Hop and Rock, JSR uses more dance songs, a few rock songs and some nice Rap songs. The general music goes very well with the game and is mixed all into one song so it is almost endless. Different music is picked for different stages and this is a good thing because the songs picked go very well with the levels. One of the bad things however is that you cannot pick the songs you want to here so you cant edit the play lists of your songs. The sound suit?s the game very well and gives a very good feel to the game. Some of the songs I will list . Dragula - Rob Zombie . Just Got Wicked - Cold . Improvise - Jurassic 5 . Bout To The City - Reps . Miller Ball Breakers - Daevid Soul This is just a list of the best ones, there are about another 15 songs and Hideki Naganuma composes quite a few of them. He has gained lots of respect for his songs in JSR and he is expected to be in JSRF on the X-Box. The soundtrack was one of the best parts of this game and you will love it. The more you play this ga
me the more you will like it. Most DC fans already own a copy of this game already. If you are new to the DC you can buy the console and the game for around £80. This is a barging as this game is one of the best on the DC and as most Sega games they fail to disappoint me. If you like Tony Hawks you will love this game 10 times more as it has loads of class and play great. When being sold on it?s own for £15 it is a barging when compared to most ps2 games. Buy it now and you will not be sorry. The games length however is not that long and there is not much more to do once you have completed it. If you are looking for a game with replay value this is not it but it does last a couple of days and the end result is a success. The sequel to this game is coming out on the X-Box quite soon so you might want to play this game before you buy that one. Go to http://www.gamespot.com and check out some of the movies of the game to see what you think for yourself. This game is the perfect entertainment game as it is great in all aspects, which some games fail to achieve. If you are not a fan of skating, graffiti, or manga stay away from this game.
I picked up my Sega dream machine only a few days ago and I found this title i had heared so much about, a title where you skate ans spray. Ladies and Gentleman may I Introduce to you Cell-Shaded Graphics. They look nice, they look smooth and there really easy to use. These graphics are used by the big stars including the Nintendo Gamecube version of Zelda. Cell Shaded are cartoony and may seem off putting but this quirky style will leave you gobsmacked they are a joy to look at and that is all graphics need to be. You are part of the GG's a skating, spraying gang in Tokyo-to. You need to protect your turf from the Love shockers and rescue your Poochie by invading enemy territory. Jet Set Radio is the name of the pirate Radio station in which you are situated, with a whole host of characters to pick up and play as. Once you've painted the town red you will need to remove the threat by "tagging" your opponents. Grind along rails, grab sprey cans, creat graffiti, destroy your enemies by tagging them, escape Helicopters, Tanks, Police bikes, Police and dogs. It is originality at its very best and it is from SEGA. The game can get frustrating but not in the same way as Tony Hawks, but lets get one thing straight this isn't Tony Hawks. Yes you skate around and grind and perform the odd stunt but the emphasis on Stunts are non-existant you need to paint the town in your colour and rule the area of Tokyo-to. The control system is brilliant and you will be glued to your TV screen for months. Trying to get Jet rating on every level, twisting from pole to pole grabbing all the secret Graffiti. Music wise your in for a treat with music to move to and the cries of "nice" and "sweet" from your characters is also a nice touch. You have the oppertunity to go on the net to exchange Graffiti, which you can creat your own of. The storylines are fun, the handeling is brilliant, it feels extremley
rewarding and the game is all round brilliance. But of course a game of such originality would come with a few problems and this game does indeed come with a fair share. The collison detection is poor you can seemingly miss an object yet still hit it, you can skate forwards and fall over for no apparent reason, this can be frustrating. The Camera is also a disaster in the making, not seeing your character in certain areas results in you falling off of a ledge you spent an age to get on. Finally when you press the jump button the game oftern doesn't read it straight away and you end up missing what you were aiming for. Despite this its still one of the best Dreamcast games so pick up a copy now before its too late. Unless you plan to get an X-box with the Seqel Jet Set Radio Future due on it. Dringo
One of the most amazingly original games ever made. The setting is in Tokyoto and you are a member of a graffiti gang. Your first mission is to recruit members by following their moves. This is also your opportunity to get used to the control system, which, is easily one of the most intuitive I?ve ever used. So the setting isn?t the most original but all that is overcome by the excellent game play. You basically have to go around the different areas of the town and graffiti over the tag that a member of your rival gang has put there. Before you put the paint there though you have to collect the graffiti cans. The larger the tag the more paint cans it uses up. You do not just simply press a button to make these tags though you actually have to steer the paint can in the right direction. This adds an extra bit of skill to the game. If you still think that this is easy then try doing it with tanks, helicopters and police chasing you! To get away though you can grind with your special jet rollerblades along walls, fences and rooftops. You can also grab on to the back of a car!! All these are done with the simplest of controls - jump and run. Additional features are that you can create custom tags or collect the ones scattered around the levels. The music is also amazingly catchy and sounds a bit like a gorrilaz track. The graphics are also top class and they have used cell shading techniques to give an anime feel to the graphics whilst still being in true 3D. The quality is brilliant throughout the game. Overall, it is a game worthy of the highest accolade being both original and high quality.
Just when you thought that the dust had settled and the smoke had cleared, Sega unleash another quality game.More gut grinding action in Jet Set Radio.The game takes place in Tokyo-To in Asia.There are 3 factions in the Tokyo-To area,all vying to have their logos sprayed over the city.The government is trying to prevent this.The goverment will go to any length to have you caught or in extreme situations,killed.DJ Professer K works at yhe pirate radio station "Jet Set Radio".He keeps the skaters going.At the start of te game,you play Beat,a highly atheletic skater.At the start of the game,you will meet Gum and Tab.Both will ask you to do some tricks for them.If you do them,they will join your gang.Once they have joined your gang,you will now be called the GG's.Throughout the game,you will be pestered by te Police,who will drive cars,motorcycles or even helicopters to stop you.The chief of police, Captain Onishima will also try and attack you with his shotgun.If you aggravate the police too long,they will intend on killing you.There is also the Poison Jam,who are trying to bury Tokyo-To in fear and The Noise Tanks,who can munipulate their surroundings with a tape recorder strapped to their bodies.The tricks you can pull off in the game are astounding.You can pull off grinds and flips that will amaze your friends.The game is not short of options either.There is Street Mode,which is the main game.Graffiti mode,where you can create your own graffiti.System,where you can save or load data.Radio,where you can listen to the music heard in the game.Internet mode,where you can download pictures and use them as graffiti.The graphics on Jet Set Radio are truly amazing.Although they are in a cartoon style,they are still some of the best graphics ever seen on the Dreamcast.The music is also great.Whilst you are playing,you can hear the Jet Set Radio station in the background.Overall,I would say that this is one of the most addictive games out on the market.Jet Set R
adio really does have to be seen to be believed.This game will not settle dust on your preverbrial shelf of gaming.It will have you occupied for hours on end.If you don't have Jet Set Radio(the likes are that you don't if you are reading this review)buy it today!You will not regret it!I hope that you have enjoyed my review of Jet Set Radio for the Dreamcast.Shaneo.
Jet Set Radio was released in November 2000 for the Dreamcast, and came very highly recommended by everyone in the games industry. The basic premise of the game is that you, the player, are a teenager living in the city of Tokyo-to, who is 'naffed off' with the rules and regulations forced upon you. You decide to rebel, and as a member of the GG's gang, your gang has its own unique graffiti 'tag,' and it is your aim to spray this in as many places as possible to mark your territory, or 'turf.' The other two gangs in the game live in different districts of the city and you want to spray in their turf, which of course they do not like. The police are also involved, trying to stop the 'kids' from ruining the city. Jet Set Radio is possibly the most original, unique and innovative game ever made. It has something which very few video games can claim to have: style. Every part of it is extremely stylish, from the unique 'cel-shaded' graphics that make the game look like a 2-dimensional cartoon within a 3-dimensional game world, to the superb menus, loading screens, and even the in game 'pause' menu; all these usually mundane, functional aspects of a video game have been heavily stylised to fit in with the graffiti theme, and are a joy to behold for the player. This game is certainly packed with plenty of the most luscious eye-candy. This game must also have one of the best in-game soundtracks of all time. The music is very diverse, and changes from Japanese 'bubble gum' pop to punk, to rock, to jazz, to funk and everything else in between. It really is an aural delight. The game is, at heart, an arcade game, as it is easy to pick up and play even for gaming novices. However, the levels get increasingly tricky with tougher challenges as the player progresses. It is also hard when the police turn up, as they have shotguns, and chase you, and will often jump on your bac
k bringing you to a halt. There are two main ways in which to collect points in the game. Firstly, when you spray graffiti, you are awarded points, particularly if you get the complex moves right (you are shown on screen the direction in which to turn the analogue thumb-pad in order to spray the paint in the right places). You are also awarded differing amounts of points for pulling off tricks, depending on their complexity. You can do these after 'grinding' along rails and other edges, as well as after picking up speed by skating downhill, etc. The tricks range from somersaults to 1080º turns, all of which are performed in the air, and are simple and great fun to pull of and watch (your skater even makes comments when you pull off tricks)! Sega have really utilised the online capabilities of the Dreamcast in this game. Players are able to visit the official Jet Set Radio web site and download other players' graffiti creations to their VMUs, as well as upload their own creations for other players to download. They can also download any image from any web site, to use as graffiti in the game, giving an infinite choice of designs. One of the game's star features is its built-in graffiti editor, which allows players to design their own graffiti 'tags' for use in the game. This facility has many features, such as hundreds of different styles of lettering, and basically the player can create any sort of tag they wish. Overall, Jet Set Radio is a classic. It is one of the best video/computer games ever made, and further shows that Sega are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to making original, innovative, and highly playable games. The replayability value is high, and with its incredible combination of platform, action, skating, racing, dancing, grinding, art and tricks, there is certainly no other game like it. I think this game is also one that anyone would enjoy, regardless of the genre(s) of games yo
u usually play, as it is just so extremely playable, and such a great, fun game, which is after all the reason the majority of gamers play games.
Well actually it didnt due to the usual Sega of Europes cack handed advertising attempts (I cant comment for elsewhere but the commitment to advertising in the UK is woeful) which consisted of a few shabby A3 posters here and there. This is possibly why a game as good as Jet Set Radio didnt sell as well as it should have. What is JSR? think of a cross between a simple Tony Hawks (move wise), Sonic adventure, an MTV type cartoon and Simon Says. I guess that doesn't make an awful lot of sense but I think it fits. Basically you skate around some well designed levels on most surfaces and spray grafiti in set places in order to complete the levels. Vertical surfaces and railings can be ground in order to reach otherwise unreachable areas. Of course the local cops are not happy with you defacing the place so will hunt you down, getting more and more extreme as the game wears on (Gunships?? For a skater???). It plays like a dream and requires a lot of skill to complete it. This is NOT an easy game but dont be put off by that, with practice you will find it has a superb learning curve giving you that "one more go" feeling. Replay is a tricky point. You can unlock extra characters (including a dog) and there is a lot of fun to be had simply skating around the levels once you have unlocked them, simply pulling off tricks (This option is available once an area of the city is completed.) to show off your mad skills. Actually I've just conviced myself its worth playing again. The graphics are outstanding using a cell shading and great level design to. The music throughout is also perfectly suited to the game being a mix of hiphop and lo-fi punky tracks. All in all a great game that deserved to sell much much more than it did. If you have a Dreamcast get it.
If any proof were needed that it is Sega who deserve the title of 'best developer/publisher in the world' (in the current climate at least - I'm sure it will change once GameCube is released and Nintendo and Rare start releasing games again), then 'Jet Set Radio' provides it. It is one of the most original, graphically beautiful, aurally pleasing and, most importantly, playable games I've had the pleasure of experiencing in the last few years. 'Jet Set Radio' is probably best described as a 3D platformer but, like all the greatest games, doesn't really fall into a set genre. Most of the levels see you take control of your chosen rollerblade-clad graffiti artist (you start with a choice of three but plenty more are unlocked as the game progresses) to tag a certain number of set locations in the shortest amount of time possible. Obstacles to the achievement of this goal exist in the form of a limited supply of spray cans and a variety of bad guys - from helicopters that fire missiles at you to shady mob types - that will stop at nothing to prevent you from completing the level. Refreshingly for a game of its type, 'Jet Set Radio' shuns huge stages in which the player could get lost and elects for smaller, more intimate levels which are easier to navigate and quicker to finish meaning that there's no danger of boredom setting in. The feature of 'Jet Set Radio' that has garnered most attention is undoubtedly its graphics. The cel-shading technique (the method used to make 'Jet Set Radio''s characters look two-dimensional when they are actually rendered in polygons) pioneered by Sega offers the game a totally unique, comic book look which is a highly refreshing departure from most games on current release who all seem to be striving for photorealism. Practically, too, the graphical engine comes up trumps. Although the 3D camera is often a little sluggish to swing around, it's still
a better system than most third-person perspective games. As well as this, the graffiti tags used in the game are, to say the least, on the arty side of the toilet door-style 'Dave is a knob' fare and the kind of thing I certainly wouldn't mind having sprayed on my house. It's just a shame it's impossible to come anywhere near emulating them with the dreadful graffiti editor included in the game (rendering the home-made graffiti-swapping online feature obsolete). An option to import image files created on a PC would have been a nice bonus. The one facet of a game that is almost universally forgotten about by developers is the sound. Sega, however, have excelled with 'Jet Set Radio'. Although I would not normally choose to listen to the style of music on the soundtrack (it being mostly obscure J-pop), it fits the game like a glove, aurally expressing its style and feel perfectly. The addition of Jurassic-5 and Mix Master Mike (of Beastie Boys fame) to help western appeal is bonus too. And now on to what's important: playability. Pulling off a difficult rooftop grind or successfully executing a tag while falling past a red arrow is immensely satisfying stuff and keeps the gamer coming back for more of what could, admittedly, get a bit repetitive in the hands of a lesser developer. Also keeping the interest of the player up is the variety of the levels. Although this reviewer has already described the flow of the majority of the levels, Sega do mix it up a bit by changing the format occasionally. Particularly enjoyable are the stages where the gamer has to eliminate a rival gang by chasing them around and tagging them when you get close enough. In this Sony-created distopian videogame climate we find ourselves in currently where endless commercially-sound sequels rule the roost and developers aren't allowed to fully express themselves (at least not without the publisher's permission anyway), it
's reassuring to know that truly innovative games are still being released. The one good thing that will come from the demise of the Dreamcast is that more people will have access to this calibre of software.
I managed to resist buying the game when it was first released, then over the Christmas period, then through the January sales, but finally couldn't help myself only recently for a bargain £20. I read all the reviews I could find for the game and even played a demo of the first level, it was amazing, why I waited so long I don't know. So you take control of a roller-blading graffitiing gang called the GG's and do battle with rival gangs over a series of city areas, including your home turf which needs to be protected. The game is refreshingly original (thank god for Sega), but while some may think a game with this kind of simple ambition could fail, the truth is far from it, in fact it excels in almost every area. One of the main selling points for me is the soundtrack, one which will grab your attention as soon as it kicks in, a cool mix of Japanese pop and dance and some funky hip-hop style extras. Jurassic 5's 'improvise' is well worthy of a special mention and what appears to be the theme by Hideki Someone-or-other, is equally impressive. The music definitely adds a lot to the atmosphere whilst playing the game and the way it is mixed from track to track is nicely done. So for starters the music is cool and for me one of the best soundtracks in a game for quite some time. The graphics have been acclaimed for the 'cell shading' technique used, and they are impressive, while you may wonder what they'd look like with regular methods, they in no way ruin the game, only add to it's feel and style. The areas that the game is set in all look remarkable, all are easily distinguished from the other and have their own theme. In fact it's the playing area itself that makes the game so dam impressive, the interactivity with your skater is amazing, you can simply glide, grind and jump round these areas for huge lengths of time without having to use the paths and roads for a second. This inte
ractivity leads me on to the gameplay which while tricky at first, can soon be mastered. Being able to pull off some grinding, jumping combinations is a great feeling! There are very few controls needed to play the game, a button for jump, speed up and graffiti, this and the use of the analogue stick for movement and graffiti combinations is as simple as you’d hope. But it’s the way you use your surroundings that allows for more advance technique but without any extra controls. One complaint is that the game is fairly short lived, while the experience is extremely worthwhile it comes to an end too quickly, maybe I’m asking for too much. But if you’re like me you’ll find fun revisiting the levels, collecting all that needs to be collected, making up your own tags (which I forgot to mention, sorry), and generally having some fun on the streets. Quite simply this game is as brilliant as it is refreshing, one of the most original games in years and it plays like a dream. Highly Recommended!
I was very interesting in playing this game after reading the plot and listening to other people's opinions, so when I finally got hold of it I wasn't sure that it would live up to the expecations set by those around me. The game centres on a gang of rollerbladers in a futuristic japanease town. Their 'mission' is to 'tag' walls by painting their logo on them before the police, led by a raving mad detective, try to grab you for scrawling all over their walls! If this sounds pretty basic, then that's the idea. It has it's gameplay feet set firmly in early gaming classics and that's no bad thing it today's world of complicated sub-plots and multiple branching game engines. This means that it's really easy to play from the off and tricks are all learnt in the first few minutes, where the other gang members join you after you successfully learn the little tricks and tactics. From there on it's just a frantic rush to tag all the walls before rival gangs manage to do the same. The graphics will probably be the first thing you notice, even before you load the game, as they are almost like grafitti themselves but made to look 3 dimensional. This style is pretty new to gaming and really works in this context, making everything colourful and bright, while giving it a certain flair. Sound is pretty well represented too, by the hip-hop style game tunes and great remarks from the detective trying to catch up with you. As a little extra you can create your own tags and upload them to the internet for other people to use. Although the game is pretty easy to get into, it soon gets a lot harder and gives you a challenge in later levels, just as well, as there aren't really too many levels and you could easily complete this game in a week if you wanted to. That said, the european version here has more levels than the original Japanease version. The best part part of coming back to
the game is that you can try to beat your score and get that elusive perfect mark at the end of each level, so replay value is quite high. In fact, the only problem with the game is that some people will get bored after completing it and never go back to it again, but I'm sure it won't be too many. Unlike Tony Hawks, this is not meant to be a simulation, or even a serious style game, but just good quality fun that will make you remember the good old days of games.