Thursday, 11 November 2010

Jet Set Radio Future

Of all the games I've played over the years, there's one that always pops up in my memory as being one of the best I've ever played. It was a not so well known game based on semi-futuristic Japanese roller blading graffiti gangs.

Yeah, it's a crazy theme, but it's pretty awesome. It was a franchise on the Dreamcast and the Xbox and one of the earliest cel shaded games. The art style in the game is awesome, it's a stylized rendition of a near future Tokyo where your aim is to spray paint tag over other gangs' graffiti and take down evil corporations through the power of physics defying grinds and stunts coupled with defeating armed soliders using only spraypaint.

The movement was slick and fun . . . the soundtrack included Mike D from the Beastie Boys along with a whole bunch of J-Hip Hop inspired tracks. The suburbs and themed gangs look ultra stylized and cool and I always remember it with such fondness . . .

I think it might be time to brush the dust off the old Xbox and see if this game still runs . . . I can see myself buying an Xbox 360 just to play this one game in backwards compatibility mode . . .

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