Jet Grind Radio
- Cartoon dimension art style where everything looks like a 2D comic, but moves and controls are in complete 3D.
- 3 huge, fully interactive 3D gameplay worlds.
- Traffic moves with the passing of time and the sidewalks are littered with pedestrians for a completely realistic urban feel.
- 10 initial playable characters, each with his/her own style and abilities.
- Dozens of animations running at 30+ frames per second.
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The concept is simple, you skate around towns, tagging (spraypainting) certain objects while evading police officers, police dogs, rockets from helicopters, and other baddies. The animation style is really what cements the experience as being something out of the ordinary, though. Dubbed "cel-shading", the end result is something that looks very much like a cartoon. It's really beautiful to watch as well as play.
The gameplay is fun, but has some problems. The first, which likely everyone has addressed, is camera control. There are 3 unused buttons on the controller, and the developers still decided for some unknown reason to double up controls. It's annoying, but you learn to live with it. The other issue that bugs me is that you're constantly on the run from police with no real defense other than fleeing.
One other problem I have is with the menu system. When you boot up, you're given the choice of starting a new game, playing a tutorial, or loading an existing file. However, once you have a game in play (through creating a new game or loading), you have to reboot the system to load another. This is really a patently ridiculous feature and particularly annoying if you like alternating w/ a friend but keep seperate game files.
One other note I should make is that the worlds may seem smaller than they were described by other reviewers at first. I was pretty aggravated and disappointed for a while until I got far enough that I was actually given the opportunity to skate more or less freely without worry of harassment by police, etc.. It's a bit into the game, but worth noting if you get discouraged.Read more ›
If there has been one thing that I have wanted to applaud Sega for, it was for trying something different. Attacking the norm and attempting to elicit a reaction from it. Games like Crazy Taxi; Shenmue, Metropolis Street Racer, and now Jet Grind Radio have all tried to do something different from the competition (with varying results and success). Which is what brings me to Jet Grind Radio. I think its entire purpose was to try some thing different and be able to get a person to put down another rehashed, “up-dated” and try something new for a change. That alone was why I took notice of the game (I’m a sucker for creative, quality products).
…And quality is what JGR shows. From its unique and very colorful “cel-shaded” graphics, to it’s amazingly good J-pop/hip-hop/trance/electronica soundtrack (I'm not normally keen on most of the for mentioned, but I found it quite endearing this time), this game is bursting at the seems with personality. The characters (a bizarre and interesting mix of roller skating punks called “Rudies”), the graffiti tags (which look great) and the cityscapes are all well crafted and implemented well.
But with out quality game-play, this game would just be another pretty face for the next-generation systems (something that seems all too common in most games these days). Luckily JGR talented team of designers also made this game an absolute blast to play.Read more ›
But you can't help but laugh and smile while playing the game. It has a Parappa the Rapper quality. The gameplay isn't perfect, but the fun factor is absolutely over the top. Some of the Japanese tunes are a little quirky, but the majority are hip with deep beats that get even the most jaded gamer (and sister who hates video games) to tap their foot in unison.
Buy it. It's original. It's fun.
Awesome gameplay, good cohesive storyline, fresh stylish animation, very inventive and compelling level design that shows how much the Dreamcast as a system is capable of. Not to mention a fairly decent amount of playtime in order to beat it, no arcade 5-minutes-and-you're-done syndrome. Cruise around a portion of the city, bumping off opponents & painting over their graffiti. Eventually the cops show up, which you can usually deal with just be keeping active and running away. But then the Chief shows up, and this dirtbag has a loaded gun! I still get freaked out when I try to run away and the dude is firing live rounds in my general direction as he's chasing. Yikes!
All I can say is "Try it, you'll like it!" It may not be the ultimate skating simulator, but it isn't meant to be. There really are so few decent original action games for the Dreamcast and that makes Jet Grind Radio stand out that much more. The game is pure fun, no matter what age you are.
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The whole reason I got a dreamcast just so I can play this classic.Published 13 months ago by Dillon Thomas
you can change your graffiti to look like a giant penis. 10/10 highly recommended.Published 23 months ago by mason graham
This game is a must-have for Sega and Dreamcast fans. There are so many great things about it, but it boils down to a punkish Tony Hawk with great music, interesting story and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Paul
I wanted this game for at least 2 years, and after just getting it, I gotta say, the graphics & soundtrack get a perfect 10, but control wise & camera, its a 6/10
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Revived it a few days after I ordered it. Was factory sealed, day one brand new. Took me back to the old Dreamcast days.Published on May 3, 2014 by Chris Hayes
If you own a Dreamcast, you have to give this game a try. If you liked the Tony Hawk games but want something a bit more ridiculous and silly, then this is probably something... Read morePublished on May 1, 2014 by Adam Stambaugh