Tag, grind, and trick to the beat in SEGA’s hit game Jet Set Radio!
User reviews: Very Positive (970 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 19, 2012

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"One of the most stylish video games ever made. Looks great in "HD", too."

About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
150 of 155 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
271.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Jesus Christ, i've been ♥♥♥♥ing around in this game for 268 ♥♥♥♥ing hours, can you see how much i love this game and how desperate i am?
Sega, pls, we need a JSRF PC port. I need a JSRF PC port. JSR is starting to drive me insane
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79 of 87 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
SOMEONE PLZ MAKE A PC PORT FOR JET SET RADIO FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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56 of 56 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Have you ever wanted to be a rollar-blading punk, rollin' around the city tagging walls, and stickin' it to the man?
No? Maaaan ♥♥♥♥ you get out of here yes you have. This game is known far across the land for it's kickin' soundtrack, beats so thick you could bounce a coin off 'em. Also, it's so old GBA could run it, so don't sweat the specs. Only worry is the keyboard controls suck harder than your EX girlfriend, so grab an Xbox 360 controller and get going.

Now the objective of the game is simple, roll around the city, tag some walls, and keep away from the fuzz. However, this is all done to the sweet sonic sound that will be oozing out of the audio device of your choosing. It also helps that this game has graphically dated better than you could ever dream of. (Oh snap son.) You might get one Jet rank on your first playthrough. Might. If you wanna get Jet on every mission you must first study the anicent urban staking gurus.

There are moments where this game gets janky, though. Even with the right controller getting your character to move how you want can be like trying to guide a small badger through a den of hungry lions. Or sorta like that. Only less guiding the badger through the den and more like the badger just ♥♥♥♥♥ing out, The game also lasts about as long as Chaos Knight's mana bar in a teamfight.

HOWEVER. Deep down you know you don't just want this game, you need it. You NEED to grind on that rail, you NEED to tag that wall, you NEED to UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF LOVE
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
I was attacked by crazy guys with flamethrowers, bomb enthusiasts, the Yakuza, Swat teams, Helicopters with heat-seeking missiles, Tanks, and some crazy man with a revolver...

... just for spraypainting.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Game of my childhood, thank you Sega
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Great gameplay and design. Just port Jet Set Radio Future already.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
This music just turns me ON!
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Kickass music by Hideki Naganuma, a great atmosphere, fantastic artstyle and stylish gameplay.

You take part in a group of fast rollerblading graffiti artists, doing all kinds of tricks while spraypainting the hell out of Tokyo-to.

And all this while the police, the army and some moob goons straight outta' the 70's chase you.

This game will remind you why you love video games. Enjoy!
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND
UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND
UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND
THE CONCEPT OF LOVE

wait
what the ♥♥♥♥ DO YOU MEAN THAT SONG ISN'T IN THIS ONE
♥♥♥♥
BRING THAT ONE TO PC
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Why you can't buy the soundtrack for this game is incomprehensible.

We would all buy it.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
Best game of all time
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Rollerskating and graffiti? F**K YEAH!

This blend of vandalism and skating is amazing. Who would've thought this was a great combo?

BUY THIS GAME NOW!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
classic sega game great visuals great soundtrack just dont have anything to argue about it if i could i would give it 2 thumbs up
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Fun oldschool game with awesome cell shaded graphics for its time and amazing sound track.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 28, 2014
brings back good old memories!!!!!!!!! rip DC
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Basically the best video game adaptation of The Warriors.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
one time i spray painted myself in the eyes and my mom called posion control because i couldnt see the butons

love u sega.
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27 of 49 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Fun classic, ruined by game breaking bug.


I really would like to recommend this game. I really would. After all, It's Jet Set Radio. It was one of the classics on the Dreamcast back in the day, and I remember spending hours upon hours playing through this game.

In the very rare chance you don't know what this game is, Jet Set Radio is a fun, simple action game where you skate around with some rather advanced inline skates and cover the somewhat futuristic city of Tokyo-to (not Tokyo, mind you, Tokyo-to, a reimagined version of the more well known Japanese city) with graffiti while avoiding the overly hostile police, using tricks such as grinding on various rails, pipes, and powerlines, sliding on walls, and flipping through the air to avoid being caught (and even spray up your targets in mid trick). The challenge ramps up as the police get even more aggressive, bringing in SWAT teams which use tear gas and machine guns on you, and even missle launching helecopters to end your run. On top of that, some targets you have to spray up take multiple passes, where you need to move your analog stick in various half and full circles in order to complete: the more time you take getting them done, the more of the chance the fuzz will catch up to you. And you also have rival gangs to contend with as well, who at the start of the game are invading your turff and causing you problems here and there. All this is being narrarated by a wild haired DJ by the name of Professor K, who keeps you up to date with what's going on, as well as providing the music you will be listening to during each level via his pirate radio station that gives this game its name. Despite how threatning and oppressive I just made the game sound, the tone and feel is actually rather whimsical and comic, and it comes off more like a light hearted cartoon than a dark egdgy take on urban graffiti culture.

Everything I remembered about it is still here: the bright and colorful cell shaded graphics, the interesting city locations to skate around in, the over the top characters and enemies, the simple way to link up tricks while skating around, the rather cool looking grafitti you can collect as you play, and of course, the fantastic soundtrack, . The fact that it's now im HD is a plus, and the few bonuses they throw in, like some tunes from Jet Set Radio Future, and a documentary, are a nice addition.

This game isn't perfect however, and it's now time to get into the negative things about it. For one thing, the controls haven't aged very well. They can be rather floaty and impressise at times, especially when you are trying to pull off a quick jump off a rail to another one in order to grind away to safety... only to miss for some ridiculous reason and end up falling a long distance and taking damge from that, hitting a wall which cuts short your momentum, forcing you to back up and speed up all over again, costing you time (each level is on a timer, by the way), or getting shot by the cops. Another problem is the camera. This game was made back in 2000, and those who played games back then should remember how much time we spent fighting the evil camera in games. It's not as bad here as other older games of the time, but there are enough moments where the camera spazzes out that will make you grind your teeth. Those two things combined with the ever aggressive police can make the game feel cheap at times. But those things aren't enough to make me hate the game; there's enough good here in the gameplay and setting to offset those problems...

... that is, if the negatives I mentioned were the only things that were wrong.

The main thing which makes me say to stay away from Jet Set Radio is one major bug that for the life of me I can't understand how it made it past quality control: the inability of the game to save your progress. No matter how far you get, if you turn this game off and come back to it later, you WILL be starting from the very beginning again. Even though the game actually has a load function, and it does have a save file that records the last time you played, it doesn't matter: it will still start you at the very beginning, Your progress just doesn't get saved, no matter what you do. This pretty much breaks the game: unless you plan to do a marathon run of it, or keep it on in the background and never turn it or your PC off until you beat it, you're just not getting to the end in one sitting. Jet Set Radio is at least an 8 hour game, and that's just if you're going through the main story without getting any of the extras (such as extra artwork to spray up the city with). I doubt the average person will be willing to go 8 hours nonstop just to see the end.

What adds insult to injury here is that this bug has been present since the game first was offered on Steam... and thw was back in Sept 19, 2012. That's a little over 2 YEARS AGO. How do you have a bug like this remain unfixed for 2 years?? And this is SEGA we're talking about, not some first time independant company that has no experience with putting games out. That Sega would just leave this unresolved for a game that it considers one of it's classics is just beyond me, That Steam would let them get away with it angers me even more. It doesn't matter that the game only costs 5 bucks... I've paid less for other games that were made by developers who had the decency to not sell a broken product.

There is apparently a fix for this... but that entails getting a PIRATED/CRACKED VERSION of the game and switching out the .exe file in your game folder for the cracked one. I'm pretty sure I don't need to get into how that is just all kinds of wrong (not to mention adding more fuel to the fire that is the whole video game piracy debate). Seriously Sega: what the hell??

So no: despite Jet Set Radio being one of those old games that I remember fondly, and despite the fact that I think that it looks and plays fine on the PC, I just can't in good conscience recommend that anyone buy this game. I don't care how cheap it is: you shouldn't have to pay money for what is essencially a broken game. The fact that people out there actually DID recommend it, despite the fact that you CAN'T SAVE THE GAME is appaling to me, especially since it hasn't been fixed in over 2 YEARS. Sega should have had this fixed by now, and Valve should have been on them to do just that from the beginning. I'm not sure if the bug ever will be fixed at this point, but until it happens, save your money. If you really want to play the game, I humbly suggest you find a copy of the Dreamcast version (as well as a Dreamcast if you don't have one), or the superior sequel on the origial Xbox. As is, the PC version isn't worth your time, or your Lincoln.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
Great classic game, no major problems with the port. At least on my system having flash running in the background kills the framerate (win 8.1 x64, intel i5, intel 4400 graphics) so you'll want to kill that process if it's open, & I serioulsy doubt you'll be able to play this game w/o a controller.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This game is easily in my top 10 games of all time. Though my steam hours may be kind of lacking, I've played this game a lot on the Dreamcast. This port is fantastic and playing it in HD is such a joy. But what is it that makes this game so special?

First off, lets talk music. This game has one of the greatest soudtracks of all time. Every song is incredibly varied and every single one will get stuck in your head. Hideki Naganuma created an absolute masterpiece with this soundtrack.

Next thing worth mentioning are the visuals. This game was originally made in the year 2000, thats 14 years ago, and it STILL looks good to this day. Sure, some of the textures may be a bit lacking and objects may seem a bit blocky by today's standarads, but for an HD re-release of a game thats 14 years old, it holds up really well.

The game play is really fun as well. The game has a really good flow to it, seeing as it relys heavily on your momentum. Sure, some say the controls are a bit clunky and the auto-grinding can be a pain sometimes, but once you get used to it, those things stop being an issue (for the most part). Grinding down a railing,, jumping off to wall ride, doing a backflip off of said wall onto another railing, all while spraying graffiti and avoiding helicopter and tank fire still feels as awesome as ever.

With all of this said, I heavily recommend purchising this game, whether you've played the original or not. Maybe if enough of you readers buy it, sega will put out that Jet Set Radio Future remake we are all waiting for
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