Beat, Gum, and the rest of SEGA’s power skating, law evading, and wall desecrating crew return to the spotlight for the first time since 2002′s Jet Set Radio Future. Unfortunately, it’s not an original game, but a high-definition version of the first Jet Grind Radio that wowed Dreamcast gamers at the turn of the century. Yup, we pretend that the GameBoy Advance port doesn’t exist.
Jet Set Radio HD gives the classic game the high-definition treatment, and features a soundtrack that includes all but two of original songs (unfortunately, “Dragula” made the cut). Our own Sean-Paul Adams is putting the PSN version through the proper 2D-X paces for a thorough review, but I’m rocking the PC version ($9.99 via Steam) and thought I’d share some in-game screens. And they look good.
The graphics–ranging from the constantly-in-motion-even-when-not-skating playable characters to the trigger-happy police force–are marvelously funky, and a testament to Smilebit’s stylized cell shading that looks like a character brought to life. Certainly, stills highlight some of the game’s visual flaws (such as the flat, blurry textures that appear in some areas), but overall the bright color scheme conveys a surprisingly cheery vibe that happily contrasts with the rather heavy, and timely, story.
But less yappin’ from me, and more photo eyeballing from you.