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  • Jet Set Radio (Sega Dreamcast)

    Selecting Mew, from ‘Jet Set Radio’ on the Dreamcast.

    Despite the relatively short life of the Sega Dreamcast, it had a number of unique and high quality games. Jet Set Radio, originally retitled Jet Grind Radio in North America for licensing reasons, is one of those games. While it did not sell in big numbers upon its release, it has since become a cult classic.

    Jet Set Radio had some unique features for the time. It was among the first games to use cel shading which gives the game a unique comic book or cartoon-like appearance. It was also one of the first games to feature an open world setting which was relatively difficult to do on hardware of that era. The gameplay was unique also. As the player you control one of several inline skaters/graffiti artists. Your goal is to tag all the graffiti spots in a given area before time runs out. There are obstacles of course, including police who will pursue you on foot and in tanks and helicopters (seems kind of extreme for graffiti if you ask me).

    This is very much an arcade style game with relatively simplistic controls. In theme it reminds me a bit of California Games. Though Jet Set Radio was not hugely successful initially and it isn’t really my type of game, it was certainly unique, innovative and of solid quality.

    Jet Set Radio was initially released for the Dreamcast in 2000. A Game Boy Advance version followed in 2003. High definition versions were eventually released for the PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation Vita and iOS and Android devices in 2012. This game is one that is at least worth trying. These days its probably easiest to play one of the high-def ports but the original Dreamcast version is excellent as well.