Jet Set Radio, the seminal Dreamcast game about graffiti, UrbanPunk Tokyo, and rival gangland dancing returns. Announced not only for PC, XBox Live, and the PlayStationNetwork, you can now skate into Tokyo’s wacky future on Android and iOS too.
One of the first revolutionaries of cel-shading, Jet Set Radio introduced a cartoony style and colorful aesthetic to the world, one that games like Borderlands still owe a debt to. The soundtrack itself is highly lauded, containing a fusion mix of hip-hop, electronic, J-pop, and a half-dozen other genres that all blend perfectly to showcase the delightfully addictive sounds of a dystopian Japanese society.
For those of us who never had a Dreamcast (or didn’t pick up the GBA version), this is the first opportunity to check out the game that birthed Jetset Radio Future. Play as Beat, the founder and head of the GG’s, a gang of rollerblading, tagging, civilly disobedient “rudies” out to take control of the streets of Tokyo-to and make it safe for expression and funky music. Face off against rival gangs the Noise Tanks, the Poison Jam, and the Love Shockers in three distinct districts. Avoid the police, drop your gang’s tags over those of your pesky rivals, and compete for baddest skater all in glorious HD or in pocket-sized glory. Do all of this while listening to the dulcet tones of Professor K, the pirate-radio DJ who plays nothing but non-stop, hardcore music.
This new version of the game comes complete with a number of new features, including Facebook-uploadable achievements, an “OpenFeint” feature, and Retina display support. Moreover, you’re given the opportunity to design your own graffiti based off pictures taken with your phone or tablet and jam it into the greedy corporate mouths of the Rokkaku Group.
This summer, charge up the netrium batteries on your roller blades, the lithium-ion batteries in your phone, and get skating with Jet Set Radio HD.