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Jet Grind Radio

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Jet Grind Radio Publisher: Sega
Platform: Dreamcast
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: November 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Imagine Resident Evil on roller skates, and you will get a basic idea of what the controls are like in Jet Grind Radio. Turning and jumping with precision is extremely difficult, and you have to pay very close attention to which direction your character is facing in order to control him or her without flying all over the place.

Formerly known as Jet Set Radio (meant to remind us of the phrase Get Set, Go!), Jet Grind Radio includes the same grinding action that Tony Hawk made famous, but grinds are really a minor sideshow in this game. This action racing game actually has a story. You are part of a rival gang, and you have to spray- paint certain areas before the cops catch on to you. Every level eventually brings in the cops. Each time, they use different tactics. Tear gas and motorcycle ambushes are two examples.

Jet Grind Radio is remarkably similar to Crazy Taxi. Instead of picking up passengers, you make pit-stops to spray paint various objects or surfaces. Spray cans are conveniently littered all across town.

The graffiti that you create in the game can be pre-determined. In other words, you can design some art or download a picture off the web, and when you play the regular game, that pre- determined artwork will be what you end up spraying. Yes, folks, this means you can spray- paint some naughty things within the streets of the video game world.

Jet Grind Radio is a fresh idea, but in the end, it's not as much fun as it sounds. The act of spraying just gets old. Still, it's a quality title that the whole family will find accessible and amusing.

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