Jet Set Radio, or Jet Grind Radio in the US, is a video game developed by Smilebit and published by Sega, released on June 29, 2000. Jet Set Radio was designed for the Dreamcast, although a version of the game was later released for Game Boy Advance.
The game begins in Shibuya-cho, and is introduced by Professor K, the DJ of a pirate radio station based in Tokyo-to, who explains the basics of life in Tokyo-to for a "rudie", the term he uses to refer to young people who roam the streets spraying and skating. The city is split into three parts -- Shibuya-cho, Benten-cho, and Kogane-cho, each of which corresponds to a different time of day. Shibuya is a shopping district full of blue skies and daylight, Benten a nocturnal entertainment spot that represents night, and Kogane a mostly residential area, built on the water, where it is perpetually sunset. In each of these areas the player will encounter a rival gang - the Love Shockers in Shibuya, the Noise Tanks in Benten, and Poison Jam in Kogane - that attempts to usurp the GG's home turf. The player starts off forming a skate gang which also resides in Shibuya-cho, and thus forms a rivalry between the gangs in the area. After completing a set of menial challenges, designed to introduce the player to the control system, Gum and Tab join the gang forming the first 3 members of the GG's. The player starts out as Beat, a 17-year-old rudie who ran away from home like many other Japanese rudies. Beat was first shunned from gang to gang over and over again until he decided to start his own gang. Beat is the leader and founder of the GG's. The player first starts out spraying a little graffiti in Shibuya-Cho looking to recruit members. First Gum joins, then Tab.The initial stage is set in a Shibuya bus station, in which the player has to "tag" various parts of the bus station, as well as spray over existing tags, so as to gain the area as part of their territory. While tagging these places, the player is pursued by policemen and their leader, Captain Onishima. The police, the S.W.A.T team, and Rokakku Gouji's Golden Rhinos are yet another obstacle to avoid while defeating rival gangs. Also, Professor K narrates specific parts of the game via his eponymous pirate radio station called Jet Set Radio.
Other gangs which feature in the game as opponents are the Noise Tanks, who appear to be semi-cyborgs, Poison Jam, brutish thugs who wear fish costumes, and the Love Shockers, an all-girl gang made up of jilted lovers. Once the protagonist defeats each gang they hand over their belongings and grant the area to the graffiti gang that dethroned them.The second and third chapter detail a struggle against an assassin group called The Golden Rhinos, a vicious gang owned by the Rokkaku corporation. The GG's are found by Combo and Cube, who state their 3rd member has been taken, and the Golden Rhino's make their way into the Tokyo-To area, where the GG's are forced to fight off the Golden Rhino's. Poison Jam becomes brainwashed and attacks the GG's, and in the confusion, they spill Gouji, the Rokkaku owner's, plan. He wants to summon a demon to destroy the entire Tokyo-To. The final battle takes place on top of a giant turntable over a building. When Goji is defeated, the tower explodes, and the record is revealed to be a hoax, incapable of summoning a demon. The Noise Tanks and Love Shockers are told to be preparing to return, but not yet, whereas Poison Jam is told to be back on the run.
Jet Set Radio HD
There was a re-release of Jet Set Radio released on PSN, Xbox Live and PC in full HD. Additional ports for iOS, Android, and Vita were also released at different times. The game was released 19th September 2012, by SEGA. In addition to upscaled graphics, one track was removed ("Yappie Feet" by Deavid Soul), achievements were added, and a bonus section was implemented, which contains a documentary of the game's development titled "Jet Set Radio: The Rude Awakening" and unlockable music from Jet Set Radio Future. To save space, the documentary is not available on the mobile editions. In 2014, the iOS and Android versions were pulled from both App Store & Google Play due to incompatibility with higher mobile OS'.
The game was received exceedingly well from online sources and magazines. Many have praised the style of the game as the matching soundtrack with up-tempo music. Critics also applauded the simplistic "pick-up and play" arcade style gameplay. The lowest review according to Game Rankings was a 3.5 out of 5 from Independent Gamer . IGN gave the game a 9.6 rating but criticized the camera control, saying, "You'll spend at least a week wondering why all games don't look this good. Then you will spend at least a month wondering why the camera didn't get fixed during localization." The lack of multiplayer was also criticized. In 2009, the main antagonist of the game, Captain Onishima, was ranked 95th in IGN's "Top 100 Videogame Villains" list.
Jet Set Radio hs recieved multiple awards for "best console game". It also got an award for its music and cel-shaded art.
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