• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2000

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Daily Radar
    Delivers on every level -- gameplay, graphics, sound and, especially, originality. Greedy as we are, we can only complain that there isn't even more goodness.
  2. If you own a Dreamcast, you really would be an unadulterated fool not to purchase this game. For JSR, quite simply, rocks.
  3. 100
    A supremely replayable action game that is fun, cool, relatively challenging, very edgy in tone (cops shooting at graffiti-spraying teenagers?) and very unique.
  4. 100
    A game that captures the essence of why most of us started playing games in the first place -- skill, speed, innovation and style, with gameplay that's as fun to watch as it is to play.
  5. It is wonderfully eclectic, irresistibly irreverent, and visually delectable.
  6. I consider it one of the best games to be released in the past 3 years.
  7. Game Fan
    A knock-you-on-your-ass game that's so good it should be considered a felony not to own it.
  8. Sega X
    The smooth controls and gameplay will keep you coming back for more, while the dynamic graffiti design system and online abilities will ensure much long term value.
  9. AllDreamcast
    If Jet Grind Radio doesn't walk away with Game Of The Year honors this year, it certainly deserves the award for being the most original in both graphics and gameplay.
  10. 96
    It is, without a doubt, the biggest breath of fresh air to sweep through gaming in a good long while, and no Dreamcast owner's library would be complete without it.
  11. Believe the hype. Jet Grind Radio is top-notch in every way and there's absolutely no excuse for not adding it to your Dreamcast library.
  12. Dreamcast.net
    Its action packed, has exceptional control and is simply a treat to gaze upon.
  13. Antagonist
    Heck, one of the coolest games EVER! A combination of punk sensibility, fantastic music, great gameplay, and just plain awsomeness.
  14. With its fresh attitude and fun gameplay, this is a great alternative to sniffing paint cans in the morning.
  15. CheckOut
    A game that lets you live out those teenage fantasies we've all had about joining a gang, rollerblading through the streets with total abandon and tagging the hell out of anything with a flat surface.
  16. CNET Gamecenter
    A visually gorgeous game that combines awesome graphics, fresh gameplay, irresistible music, and incredible design in a polished package that is a true original.
  17. Great. It's just too short. It's original, stylish, cool, enjoyable, and is definitely meant to be played LOUD. I just couldn't believe it when after a few day's sporadic play I'd defeated all three gangs.
  18. The most visually innovative and stunning game to hit any console. Oh yeah, it's a lot of fun too.
  19. Spank!
    There's plenty of challenging levels and the most blinkered PS2 stalwart would have to admit that it looks amazing.
  20. Total Video Games
    Its beautiful, fast, fun, and full of style, there's nothing out on the market like it so expect to be surprised the first time you see it in action.
  21. From the second you turn on your Dreamcast, you'll realize you're stepping into a game world like no other, and you may never want to leave.
  22. A game full of redefinitions, forcing you to really rethink what you expect out of a game from an audio/visual standpoint while delivering some exciting, balanced gameplay at the same time.
  23. 90
    The simple, but challenging gameplay will suck you in.
  24. Dreamcast HQ
    Maybe I'm just being picky, but I found the camera positioning quite annoying at times, especially in the last section of the final boss.

Awards & Rankings

#8 Most Discussed Dreamcast Game of 2000
#4 Most Shared Dreamcast Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 98
  2. Negative: 11 out of 98
  1. PeterF.
    May 1, 2006
    This is positively amazing for a game this early, especially for the Dreamcast.
  2. JT
    Sep 20, 2004
    AWESOME. That's all that can be said.
  3. Aug 27, 2020
    Great graphics and great sound! Best of all it's extremely innovative and unique.

    There's really no game like this one! Amazing characters
    Great graphics and great sound! Best of all it's extremely innovative and unique.

    There's really no game like this one! Amazing characters and levels and the music is funky and fits the aesthetic perfectly. It's a Sega classic for sure and has inspired a new game that will be releasing this year.

    Jet Grind Radio is what a perfect game looks like.
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