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Jet Set Radio (HD) Review

December 9, 2012

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Date Released: Fall 2012
Date Reviewed: December 5, 2012
Genre: 3D Platformer
Players: 1 Player
Length: 7 hours for main game, 25+ for extra content
Replayability: Very good

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Introduction

Jet Set Radio is the unique 2000 platforming game where players take control of a rebellious group of spray-painting, rollerblading teenagers who intend on seperating the government’s corrupt and overblown power over the people of a fictional variation of a futuristic Tokyo, Japan called Tokyo-to. Originally available on the SEGA Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio has gone on to only have one true sequel, but a strong cult following and has been featured in references and cameos in several unrelated games. This modern high definition version is one of SEGA’s highest quality re-releases of all their past titles to date.

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Jet Set Radio available for PlayStation Vita this week, mobile versions late November

November 18, 2012

The high definition upgraded version of Jet Set Radio will finally be available for PlayStation Vita users this week for download on the PlayStation Network. It was previously released this fall on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Steam for Windows PC.

Originally launched in 2000 on the SEGA Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio was praised for it’s unique take on the platforming genre, along with it’s graphical style and soundtrack, most of which is included in this version. Modern alterations, such as new camera controls and achievements/trophies have been added, the Vita release includes even more functions, such as optional touch-based spraying.

In addition, Android and iOS versions of the game will be released at the end of month. Jet Set Radio is available on all platforms for $10 USD, the title is set to be the first free game on PlayStation Vita for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Pier Solar HD upgrade on Kickstarter

November 5, 2012

A complete high definition remake of the recent indie RPG Genesis/Mega Drive title Pier Solar and the Great Architects has been added to the Kickstarter pledging platform. If successful, developer WaterMelon plans releases on not just the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade, PC, Mac and Linux, but also the SEGA Dreamcast. Concepts, new art and more have all been detailed for what this new version will have are listed on the Kickstarter page.

Originally started in June of 2004, Pier Solar and the Great Architects was completed in early 2011 and was made available for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive and SEGA CD consoles. It is especially unique in that it had a 64 meg cartridge – Officially making it the largest game on the console ever. It is also the first ever game on the platform to optionally utilize both the cartridge slot and the SEGA CD add-on at the same time.

[Source: Pier Solar HD Kickstarter page via Official Site]

NiGHTS into Dreams, Sonic Adventure 2 available for download this week on XBLA and PSN

September 30, 2012

Sonic Team’s NiGHTS into Dreams… and Sonic Adventure 2 will both be available for download on the Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network on PlayStation 3 this week with PC versions for both titles being released at an unknown future date. Across all platforms, both games will cost 10 USD (800 Microsoft Points).

Originally released on the SEGA Saturn, NiGHTS into Dreams… was a flagship release on the platform and received critical acclaim for it’s unique take on the platforming genre and the amount of replay value it offered based on it’s scoring mechanics. This modern version of the game is based on the obscure PlayStation 2 port, which was only released in Japan. It features some of the extra content from the demonstrative Christmas NiGHTS and includes newly created higher resolution models and textures.

Sonic Adventure 2 was one of the last major releases on the Dreamcast and was ported to GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2 Battle, one of SEGA’s earliest games on a Nintendo platform. Additional purchasable content for multiplayer will also be available for the game, but it is unknown if that will be playable online.

Jet Set Radio available for download on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this week

September 17, 2012

SEGA’s unique platformer Jet Set Radio will become available for purchase online through the PlayStation 3’s PlayStation Store and Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade this week, as well as on Steam for Windows. A version for the PlayStation Vita handheld is also upcoming, but not until later this year.

Although all versions of the title are the same purchase price of 10 USD (800 Microsoft points on Xbox 360), it should be noted that the content is slightly different on each platform. Most notably the PlayStation 3 version has the least amount of unlockable trophies/achievements of all releases and the upcoming PlayStation Vita game has optional touch-based spray can controls.

Known as Jet Grind Radio in North America at the time, Jet Set Radio was originally released on the Dreamcast in 2000 and was praised for its unique style, based on both its soundtrack (which will mostly be retained, but not fully) and it’s unique ‘cel-shaded’ graphics that launched a new visual style within video games.

Jet Set Radio revealed for PlayStation Vita

May 25, 2012

Jet Set Radio has been announced for Sony’s PS Vita handheld. Based on the upcoming downloadable HD release on PSN, PC, and XBLA, this version will feature new content such as use of the touch screen when spraying graffiti, retaining everything from the new home versions plus more. Pricing has not been set, although the game is due out this summer, 2012.

Known as Jet Grind Radio in North America at the time, Jet Set Radio was originally released on the Dreamcast in 2000 and was praised for its unique style, based on both its soundtrack (which will mostly be retained, but not fully) and it’s unique ‘cel-shaded’ graphics that launched a new visual style within video games.

Indie fighting game Girl Fight being considered for Dreamcast release

April 17, 2012

Although the SEGA Dreamcast was discontinued nearly a decade ago, several new games have still been released by passionate fans. The newest example is how a Dreamcast version of Girl Fight, an upcoming downloadable fighting game for Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360 and PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 is being considered by the developer, Kung Fu Factory. Currently it is undecided, but the designers remain passionate on the possibility and are asking several fans in the SEGA, Dreamcast and fighting game communities for direction and advice.

The 3D fighting game is designed for heavy customization by players and casual play, but is described as still having deep mechanics. The game is inspired by several mid-to-late 1990s Japanese fighting games and the entire playable cast is made up of female characters, as the title implies. The downloadable version is set to be released before Summer, but it is unknown how long the potential Dreamcast version will take to arrive. Also unknown is if any major features will be altered, such as graphical fidelity, online play or the extra downloadable content being considered for the original game.

Those interested can sign the petition, follow the developer on social networking websites or just spread the word. Footage of Girl Fight is available after the jump.

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Jet Set Radio Announced For Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network [UPDATE: PC too]

February 23, 2012

The SEGA Blog revealed today a short teaser trailer for Jet Set Radio (known as Jet Grind Radio in North America), a port of their 2000 Dreamcast classic for Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE Arcade and Sony’s PlayStation Network. An official release date and details about the game have yet to be revealed, but it is expected to be a direct port similar to SEGA’s Dreamcast Collection, released in late 2011. This announcement promotes an ongoing trend as SEGA continues to re-release it’s back catalog of games on newer digital platforms. It was stated in 2010 that they wish to release two or more Dreamcast titles every month, leading to speculation of which titles can be expected next.

Update: The game will also be released on PC, likely on Steam.

Check out the stylish teaser after the break.

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New Seaman title coming to Nintendo 3DS

February 20, 2012

The online edition of Nikkei has reported that Nintendo plans to release a new entry in the Seaman series of games for their 3DS handheld. This move is part of Nintendo’s new initiative to bring more ‘strong titles’ to their handheld by reviving other publisher’s classic titles with new, enhanced editions. For example, while the Dreamcast original and Sony PlayStation 2 sequel required a microphone peripheral in order to interact with the game’s titular Seaman, this new edition is will instead make use the 3DS’s integrated microphone. No additional information has been announced as of yet, but an official statement by Nintendo is expected shortly.

SEGA Dreamcast Collection now available for free with OnLive PlayPack Bundle

February 16, 2012

SEGA has recently partnered with Cloud-based gaming platform OnLive, which is now offering the SEGA Dreamcast Collection for free as part of its PlayPack Bundle for new subscribers. The collection includes Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi, Space Channel 5: Part 2, and SEGA Bass Fishing. No other SEGA titles have been confirmed for the service as of yet, but more are expected to be released in the near future. In addition, these and all other OnLive titles are fully supported and playable on most smartphone devices running iOS and Android, which are identical to the PC versions of these games.

Source: OnLiveFans