Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    75
    Players looking for a game with finely tuned mechanics and thrill-a-minute gameplay will want to look elsewhere. But fans of the original, or those wanting to engage in some funk-fueled civil disobedience should definitely take the ride.
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    45
    Jet Set Radio was interesting in the year 2000, but the game needed more than a fresh coat of paint to make its awkward design worth revisiting.
  3. Sep 11, 2012
    65
    While Sega clearly put some effort into this reissue, an HD coat of paint can't correct the Jet Set Radio's fundamental control flaws and repetitious design. I'm sure this sounds like heresy to Dreamcast faithful, but it's the truth: This game wasn't that good in the first place.
  4. Sep 12, 2012
    90
    Jet Set Radio's still capable of making people say, "What the hell is that?"
  5. Nov 30, 2012
    70
    As a game, Jet Set Radio isn't going to appeal to everyone. The mechanics are dated, and the look and feel, while still impressive, isn't as distinctive as it was in a prior generation. If you're up for a challenge, however, it's not a bad way to spend 800 Microsoft points. Just be prepared to swear - a lot - as you experience a piece of gaming history.
  6. Sep 18, 2012
    66
    Irritating level layouts will leave some gamers stumped. [Nov 2012, p.90]
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    80
    A charming, stylish Japanese manifesto, full of ideas, revamped HD graphics and a really bombastic soundtrack. Maybe gameplay may somewhat suffer the weight of time, but this game still remains a unique experience.
  8. Sep 11, 2012
    80
    Despite its technical hiccups, Jet Set Radio is a joy to play, even 12 years after its release. Its varied missions will keep you coming back for more and the added treat of hearing its eclectic soundtrack makes playing them all the more fun. If you never owned a Dreamcast before, you now have no excuse to miss out on one of Sega's most enjoyable and original titles.
  9. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    Jet Set Radio's modern upgrade isn't a robust one, but it's certainly suitable for the asking price. Unfortunately, the game found beneath all of that aesthetic bliss has aged poorly in parts, and the result is that this important and influential experience is much better seen and heard today, rather than actually played.
  10. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    Smilebit, led by Masayoshi Kikuchi – who has since moved on to work on the Yakuza series, another franchise that pivots around vivid city-building – swam upstream with JSR, defying the rush to photorealism, celebrating rebellion and individuality in one of the most memorable genre mash-ups you're ever likely to come across. Its HD revival is every inch that game, serving as a reminder that originality and passion retain their lustre when all else fades, and that such treasures are worth buffing up to display again.
  11. 90
    It's quirky enough to turn off the unadventurous, but for the rest of us, it's every bit as relevant as it was in 2000. [Nov 2012, p.84]
  12. Sep 11, 2012
    70
    What this all adds up to is a good game that is marred by its design and age. I still had fun despite the issues with the controls. This game has a certain charm that has not been matched to this day.
  13. Sep 12, 2012
    65
    Jet Set Radio is still a fun title, but also a frustrating one. If you've never played the game before, you may be left wondering what all the hype was about. It may be a good game, but if it had been released for the first time today, many would see it as unfinished.
  14. Sep 15, 2012
    60
    What blew us all away back then doesn't quite live up to today's standards, unfortunately, and the younger set will probably question why anyone would make such a big fuss over such a middle-of-the-road experience.
  15. Oct 9, 2012
    65
    Jet Set Radio is a remastered must have game for Dreamcast lovers. Groovy sound, funky environments and lots of areas to explore.
  16. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    One of the most beloved Dreamcast franchises returns with fancy new HD graphics, the original OST and all the charm of its original gameplay. There are some problems with the audio balance and some stuttering when played from a fragmented hard drive, but although not perfect (and it has never been) this game is still a masterpiece.
  17. Sep 28, 2012
    70
    Jet Set Radio stands out with its style and personality instead of its gameplay. Although the game is relatively old, it spews out youthfulness, rebellion and fun. Unfortunately, there are a few things wrong with the game. When it comes to gameplay, Jet Set Radio is too unpolished to grab the critics amongst gamers. Jet Set Radio isn't for those who don't enjoy colorfulness, but more for those who enjoy a piece of chaotic art.
  18. Sep 27, 2012
    70
    For its high-def debut, Jet Set Radio's visuals are clean and crisp, as you'd expect, while retaining the original game's comic book-style presentation.
  19. 70
    Jet Set Radio may have lost the graphical novelty that made it the jaw-dropper it was back in 2000, but it still has the warm attitude, inexplicable storyline, and outstanding soundtrack that make it such a lovable bastard.
  20. Sep 17, 2012
    90
    If you've played Jet Set Radio already, then you'll be a fool not to get this version, there is no looking through rose tinted retro glasses, it is still an amazing game and one you need to play again.
  21. 60
    Old fashion or maybe obsolete game proves that some legends should have been left to rest. [Nov 2012]
  22. 60
    We wish the gameplay had been polished up as much as the graphics. [Issue#91, p.85]
  23. Sep 18, 2012
    90
    Even twelve year after its original release on the Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio is still a must-have, blessed by an incredible soundtrack and visuals that didn't age much, thanks to the cel shading rendering.
  24. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    Outside of the HD remastering being a mixed bag and the camera controls not being completely fixed, JSR is still a blast to play and well worth your time and money. A mere $10 gets you the best version available – not possible, but available - of an outstanding game with a sense of style all its own.
  25. Sep 27, 2012
    70
    The camera is as bad as ever, but this doesn't prevent Jet Set Radio from delivering tons of good ol' fashioned Sega entertainment.
  26. Sep 14, 2012
    65
    When it comes to the technical side, Sega did a good job with lifting the Dreamcast classic into the HD era. But the fascination is gone nowadays while the problems with the controls and the camera move more into focus.
  27. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    If you are willing to let the issue of controls pass, then you will be presented with one exciting and beautiful piece of gaming history, and one of Sega's crown jewels from the Dreamcast era. Fans who want to play Jet Set Radio again will have no problem with this HD release – unless you were expecting a remake. For people who have never played it and want to know what the fuss is about, you might not fully appreciate why this game was so damn cool back in 2000, but at least you get to listen to the brilliant music and take in all the pleasant visuals. That still leaves you with a win-win situation in my book.
  28. Oct 24, 2012
    65
    It still drips with style, but in terms of gameplay this return to the past is rather painful. [12/2012, p.87]
  29. Oct 13, 2012
    70
    Jet Set Radio is still a wonderful, unique game after all these years. Making your own tag and spraying it on walls, while listening to a funky sound track is still special. The controls are somewhat lacking and the framerate isn't always good. But this funky game is still worth a try.
  30. Sep 19, 2012
    70
    The 10-Euro-asking-price is really not that much and even with its downsides, Jet Set Radio is still one of the most unique concepts.
  31. Sep 11, 2012
    60
    Graffiti and inlines aren't as cool today as they were twelve years ago and sadly enough, the game mechanics and controls haven't aged very well. This is compensated for to some extent by the presentation and how Jet Set Radio HD becomes an interesting chronicle of a time long gone. It doesn't stand up to the games of today and new players might not enjoy it as much as the ones who played the original back in the days.
  32. Sep 11, 2012
    50
    In every way, Jet Set Radio HD is a prototype, full of ideas only half-realized and poorly put together, ideas which would be put to better use in the much-improved sequel Jet Set Radio Future (which featured comparatively huge city levels of greater complexity and infinitely more-responsive controls).
  33. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    It can be an extremely difficult experience when hampered by the control issues, and some occasions of frustrating level design, plus a distinct lack of gameplay variety, can drive you to pull your hair out. That being said, it's also extremely fun, addictive and stylish as all heck, and I for one am willing to take a little bit of bad in order to experience the cornucopia of excellence that comes with the game.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 19, 2012
    10
    Loved it on the Dreamcast and it has aged very well. Still every bit as relevant today. The style, the feel of the game is fantastic. This is what games are all about; atmosphere and a great fusion of style and substance. Sega hit the nail on the head with this game, it transcends the usual monotony of another generic shooter or sports title. Missing this (especially at the price this time around) would be a mistake for those that love games and gaming. Full Review »
  2. Sep 21, 2012
    6
    I played it on my son's DC back when and I liked it OK, but it didn't grab me. But when I played Jet Set Radio Future (the sequel to JSR) on the Xbox, I was blown away. The gameplay was much better. Now had they released a revamp of JSRF, I would get it, because IMO, that was the better game. Full Review »
  3. Sep 23, 2012
    5
    Just as No Association said to ignore the Critic Metascore I must warn you of the nostalgic user score. This is an awkward game that is in every way worse than its sequel. It's stumbling and slow, but the music and personality is vibrant and will stick with you. Ten bucks you get what you pay for; Don't get much else though. Full Review »