Tag, grind, and trick to the beat in SEGA’s hit game Jet Set Radio!
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Release Date: Sep 19, 2012

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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!

Key Features:

  • Heritage Collection treatment:
    Now available via PC Digital download, Jet Set Radio is part of Sega’s Heritage Collection series and now features lush HD visuals, developer interviews, and amazing fan-created graffiti.
  • Classic Beats:
    Skate to the funky tunes of Pirate Radio! Jet Set Radio still features 29 of 30 tracks from the original Dreamcast release.
  • Express yourself:
    Choose from a massive catalog of classic and new graffiti or create your own and use it to tag walls, billboards, cars, and even rival gang members!
  • The gang’s all here:
    Recruit more than 10 playable characters to your gang, each with their own unique graffiti!

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP SP2 or newer
    • Processor:Pentium 4 or Athlon CPU > 1Ghz or newer
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256Mb video RAM or more (256Mb video RAM or more)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
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Totally Tubular Trouble Maker V
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
nice fasion.
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Milmoko
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
A truly original arcade game experience and a reminder of the glory days of the House of Sonic.
JSR is a colourful cell shaded masterpiece where you skate, grind and spray your away around the brightly neon light streets of Tokyo to a J-pop/dance/hard to describe soundtrack (worth it for that alone IMO).

Harmless but addictive fun with a lil clunky controls as it seems their still as annoying as on Dreamcast/PS3, definitely play with a pad (PS3 on mine but Xbox would work too).
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Crash Game Reviews
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
It's playable but if you're looking at this and wondering if it's as good as jet set radio future. then you're 100% wrong. The characters are a-lot slower the controls are a-lot more clunky as well and sometimes unresponsive. you can tell this game is older. the visuals are okay and everything about it is fine I just didn't like it, it wasn't very fun for me compaired to Future.
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upleftrightdown
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
JET SET RADIOOOOOOO!!!!!!! *funky music playing*

if you like getting shot, this is the game for you. this game is filled with skaters and policemen who send tanks after them. it has wonderful and funky music and a good gameplay like vandalism.

it needs a controller to be played effectively though.


8/10
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Kream 45
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
JSR is a very good game, with the soundtrack being its biggest advantage. Can be frustrating sometimes, though.
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VahidSlayerOfAll
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 21
24 hours+ on DreamCast
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The Darker Knight
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
JWET SWEAT RWADIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Bloodsteel
14.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
Product received for free
The fact that the police dared to send in soldiers with assault rifles and attack helicopters armed with rockets just to stop a random unarmed punk from parkouring the streets and spraying graffati at walls is enough to make you buy this, no?

(Beware, you're gonna have a bad time with the controls even with a controller, also the tutorial has an amusing dead logic where it says "do a x combo trick without hitting the ground" which is simply stay grinding as much as possible because there's no trick button)
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Krez
8.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
#BringJetSetRadioFutureToPC
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Kensho
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 20
Let's talk about Jet Set Radio. A game that has a rather vocal cult following, who all swear that this game is an underrated gem that was treated unfairly in its critical and commercial reception, and deserves to be played any gamer who claims to be worth their salt. Does this game hold up to such standards?

The better question is...does this game even HAVE standards?

The answer to that is no. This "game" would never, under any comprehensible and potential circumstances EVER hold up to intense scrutiny and critical analyzation. This game fails immediately on the very fundamental basics that comprises its core tenets of being a ♥♥♥♥ing video game. When a gamer has to spend more time fighting against the game's controls and camera and detestable mechanics just to actually attempt at playing the game, you KNOW the developers have blown it.

Gameplay

Let's talk about the most important aspect of any contemporary video game: the gameplay. This game's gameplay -- if you could call it that -- is horrifically terrible. I just cannot comprehend under any state of consciousness how this game's ardent fans say this is even a good game. If you peruse the Steam reviews, you'll be inundated with overwhelmingly audacious praise for this title, many of said reviews containing important keywords like "Dreamcast" and "Jet Set!" and "GARRBLELELESLAOAIODHFDOSIODJ". These are the products of blind hype and nostalgia blindless, which clouds judgement 150%, resulting in worthless faux-testimonials that fail to paint the true picture of the product being researched.

To wit, the first thing I did upon booting this game was going to the tutorial, because outside of an egregiously transient tumble with the PS3 demo a few years back, I'd never played this game before (but was indeed aware of its existence since it came out, and have actually played the superior-in-every-aspect sequel on the original Xbox.) Therefore I had no prior emotional bias invested in this game.

The tutorial is something that was designed by individuals who had a very tenuous grasp on what we perceive to be objective reality. Most of the objectives are braindead simple, until you get to the ones that want you to perform combos. The first one of such asks the player to perform a "10 trick combo", which in this game actually equates to "grind on something for a long enough period of time", because there is no actual trick button in this game. In fact, there isn't a grind button either. Your character will snap to and grind things whether you like it or not, and there's nothing you can do about it (except not playing the game at all, which this insightful reviewer actually recommends.)

Eventually after figuring that out, they want you to do a 20-trick combo. Okay, a bit tricky at fist, but eventually after teaching myself this game's idiosyncratic "trick system", I accomplished it. Mind you, the game gives you zero hints on the intricate bits of how to do this ♥♥♥♥, besides a meager "grind on stuff, kthxbai" in the text box below. Then the game has the AUDACITY to request you to do a 30-trick combo, which I had to literally look up and read a walkthrough to accomplish. Let that process for a second: I had to LOOK UP A WALKTHROUGH JUST TO PASS A SEGMENT IN THE TUTORIAL. And I am not a bad gamer by any means -- this game is simply THAT poorly designed.

Then after that, it asks you to do a 50 combo. By that point I had achieved maximum spiritual insight and attainment sheerly via arduous and dedicated austerities: I wound up getting the achievement for a 100-trick combo on accident.

Outside of that, you get to play the story mode, which has a plot that was obviously written by someone who was on a mescaline trip. You get to deal with a terribly-implemented camera that focuses on everything except what it should, unskippable in-game cinematics every time you escape the cops or go off random pre-designated jumps that the developers foolishly thought warranted "replays" for some reason, which do nothing except disorient you and make you miss whatever you were trying to actually land on.

The skater you control -- and I use that word VERY loosely here -- has got to be the worst handling player character in extreme sports game history. The fact that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater released a year prior to this and nailed all the fundamental aspects of extreme sports gameplay, whilst this game decided players didn't need a good camera or dedicated grind/trick button is truly disconcerting. The actual control of the skater is terrible. There is no sense of momentum whatsoever, and good luck making any gaps or difficult grinds in this game without spamming the "Dash + Jump" combo every single time.

The level design is also truly abysmal. There are barely any words invented by humans to describe it, it's that bad. The areas have next to no flow or logical thought put into the designs. You'll be trying to dodge cops whilst hunting down the last two spray tags which are hidden in some ludicrously-placed area that you can't even find until you replay the level two more times after that. Meanwhile you're getting chased by a coked-out detective who has no qualms about point-blank headshotting teenage skater punks with his rubber-bullet loaded revolver, while simultaneously getting sprayed at by attack helicopters, tanks, and riot guards who cross-map snipe you with tear gas grenade launchers. I couldn't make this up if I wanted to.

Also R.I.P IN PEACE to anybody who tries to play this with a keyboard. The moment you run into the spray tag minigame, which you will, because it's mandatory, you're done. You need to make rudimentary round motions, which are perfect for analog sticks, but not so much so for WASD and arrow keys.

My final experience with this game was starting in what was ostensibly a train car docking area. I spent the first six minutes (out of a total of eight or something) trying to figure out *where the hell to go* before finally finding the entrance to the *real* main area with only two minutes left on the clock. After struggling to find the last tag in this area, which was placed in a super-duper-annoying spot which is absurdly difficult to reach only because of the game's terri-bad controls, before realizing I still had ANOTHER area full of tags to spray, I ran out of time, but not before the game literally crashed right before I hit the "Retry" button.

No thanks to this game. This is objectively a terrible game. The pros of the game are its eclectic almost-goofy soundtrack, the clean and stylish cel-shaded visuals, and the general premise the game uses as its backdrop. Everything else -- the important stuff -- is utterly trash-tier and incomprehensibly rubbish. At least the dev team proved a year or two later that it was capable of not smoking crack when they released the much superior Jet Set Radio Future, which amongst immediate improvements such as actual good player control, set about removing the arbitrary time-limit, allowing the player to fight back against enemies, and having good level design as well. They should bring THAT to Steam, but we know it's Sega and we know they'd just muck it up anyway.

Stay away.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Please give us the gift of JET SET RADIO FUTURE ON PC!!!!
Amen.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
-The best game
-Amazing everything
-Original
-Simple
-Use a controller
-Jet Set Radio Future was even better in my opinion and Jet Set Radio is already 15/10
-Only request would be to add online multiplayer to Jet Set Radio Future and to bring it back in HD
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Can we get a good quality steam port of the sequel plz? And then some brand new sequels plz? :3

Review: JSR is a colorful retro 3d platformer. Gameplay is little more like Sonic or Mario than Tony Hawk. Amazing music and art. Singleplayer only. Xbox controller or equivalent recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
24 hours+ on DreamCast
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Is fun, almost as fun as JSRF, but I guess I can settle for this for now.

Please, where is JSRF D:
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Great game. Keeping my fingers crossed for JSR Future.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
JET SET RADIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
after finish this game, go watch Air Gear
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
JET SET RADIOOOOOOO!!!!!!! *funky music playing*

if you like getting shot, this is the game for you. this game is filled with skaters and policemen who send tanks after them. it has wonderful and funky music and a good gameplay like vandalism.

it needs a controller to be played effectively though.


8/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
♥♥♥♥ing amazing game, we need JSRF ported so i can enjoy that as well, also a new game would be ♥♥♥♥ing stelar
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