Tag, grind, and trick to the beat in SEGA’s hit game Jet Set Radio! Fight for control of Tokyo-to, mark your turf with graffiti, tag walls, billboards, and even rival gang members! Perform tricks and flips on magnetically driven in-line skates, but watch out for the local police force!
What We Think:
It has finally happened! For many a night I got down on my knees before being tucked into bed and wished to the baby Santa that one day Jet Set Radio — a cel-shaded hand-painted sandbox-esque roller-blading game developed by Bilt Software, with actually catchy breakbeats by artists like Jurassic 5 and Rob Zombie, and wherein beyond the time-goals the job is to tag shit all over the city (designed by Banksy’s buddy “Inkie”) with your trusty Crown Royals would return. And now it has…amazing.
In fact, JSR was a pioneer in bringing cel-shading to the video gaming world so popular now in games like Borderlands and Street Fighter IV. I think I used to play it on the original XBOX if I’m not mistaken – can hardly remember since I was usually too distracted baby-sitting my sister’s pet triceratops all the way back then.
The point is – thanks to that videogame-storefront-wonder a.k.a. Valve’s little cloud-based thingy that saved the game industry from hungry pirates — Jet Set Radio is now mine to play on PC via Steam, and with achievements and everything. Thankfully this updated “HD” version remains quite close to the original as part of SEGA’s “Heritage Collection” which means I can relive it just as I remember it (since I now remember everything as HD).
Jet Set Radio for PSN (Playstation 3) (US Store Link)
Also available for XBLA:
(Check for XBOX availability based on your region)
Did you used to play JSR?