27, 2002 (USA)
> Nearly two years ago, the original Jet
Set Radio hit the Dreamcast with it's flashy
graphics and unique gameplay. Sega has decided to continue
the series on Xbox, most likely because of its target customer
(full grown -- lmao) and place in the videogame market (new system with
building library). Now that the media is singing the tune of
the original, we'll just have to see if that's enough to garner the desired
> It's 2024 in Neo Tokyo. Jet Set Radio Future (JSRF)
has you controlling various characters whose job it is to mark their territory
with graffiti while skating around on high tech jet-skates. Compete
against rival gangs, perform stunts and evade the cops in living, breathing
cityscapes! New tricks include the ability to grind up the side of
a building while executing multiple combos. Actually, you'll be amazed
at just how many structures you can grind on! Also, I understand
that "tagging" (leaving graffiti) has been simplified, as compared to the
original game -- yay!
> JSRF is presented in classic cel animation with all the
latest effects the Xbox can muster. If you thought
the Dreamcast original was sweet looking, wait until you
see the Xbox sequel in action! Nearly unlimited sight
distance, much more complex environments, and a rock solid frame rate.
Multi-player modes with cooperative and competitive gameplay are sure to
add longevity. All that plus the obligatory cutting edge hip-hop
and techno soundtrack you've come to know and love.
> With titles like Sega
Rally 2, Typing of the Dead, and Gunvalkryie
in their library, Smilebit is quickly becoming a top Sega
developer. Even though the Dreamcast original was critically
acclaimed (after the fact), I think Sega is facing an uphill
battle with its original games. Nonetheless, I do think Smilebit
will come through with JSRF for the savvy game buyer on Xbox.