Jet Grind Radio

Reviewed by Dave Linger, Posted on 2007-11-01


Developer: Sega Publisher: Sega
Release Date: November 1, 2000 Also On: None

Remember all of those controversial games, like Mortal Kombat, Doom, and Grand Theft Auto? This falls into that category. This game is about graffiti, a third person skating game, cell-shaded. When you turn the system on, it says 'Graffiti is art. However, graffiti used as an act of vandalism is a crime. Sega does not condone or encourage vandalism in any way'. Paint canít kill you though, can it?

You start by going through a few training missions to get teammates, each who have their own individual style. You skate around until you find a giant flashing arrow above a car or wall and you skate over and press R. If itís a small spot, like the door of a car, it gets painted instantly. However, if itís a larger spot, you have to do combos, like turning the joystick clockwise then left right then turn it counterclockwise. Small areas and large areas need paint. You can skate around, grind up rails, and jump over cops to grab paint cans; some are worth more than others.

Of course the levels arenít as simple as that. In each level, you have to claim a part of the city from another gang. You start the level and you have to run off the opposing gang members from the graffiti areas, and then start painting over theirs.

Donít you think the people of the city would see all of this? Of course they would, and they call the cops. The police force consists of about 10 little skinny guys who bat you with their batons, and one main guy, with a shotgun. You can just forget about doing graffiti while heís around. You can escape, though.

Certain areas, like rooftops, will light up with green arrows, and if you get to them, it shows a cut scene of the main cop getting really mad. One more factor to make it harder: you are timed. Personally, it was never the cops, or the lack of paint, or the other gangs that made me fail levels, it was the time limit.

In the game, you listen to this upbeat techno music which surprisingly doesnít get on my nerves, itís the 'Jet Set Radio', which was the title of the Japanese game, until some genius decided to make the game called Jet Grind Radio. At least Xbox made it Jet Set Radio Future.

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 donít think I would have bought it on my own. It is a very hard game and it took me forever to beat. I wouldnít buy it, I know itís definitely worth trying. I guess thatís why its on the official Dreamcast demo disk.

Graphics: 9
Sound: 9
Gameplay: 5
Creativity: 10
Replay Value/Game Length: 5
Final: 7.6
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Reviewed by Dave Linger