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“Jet Grind Radio” was released in 2000. It received many good ratings and is still a treasured childhood memory for many older gamers.

Let's begin with the plot. You're a rollerblading rebel in a Japanese city called Tokyo-to, who builds a team of rebels that ride on modified Rollerblades with high-powered motors. You compete against other teams and graffiti on their turf to earn reputation and become the biggest, most popular group. A DJ named Professor K hosts a pirate radio show called Jet Set Radio. He gives news to the rebels and plays nothing but hardcore electronic music 24/7. Meanwhile, the police chase you down and try to arrest you using every possible means.

The controls are fairly simple, resembling other games that use vehicles. Sometimes the controls get a little picky, but it's rare. When you go to the menu, or the garage, you can select different features. Online mode works if you have purchased a LAN modem for the Dreamcast. Yeah, this game if from a time when everyone had dial-up. You can create your own graffiti, too, which is really cool, and even better – if you get the Dreamcast mouse, you can use it to make freehand graffiti! If freehand is not your thing, you can type in letters or your name and customize it to look street flashy. You can save the graffiti on the memory card to display and share with other players.

My only complaint, which is a common one, is about the camera control. It's so fussy that sometimes I don't even know where I am going. I actually turned a sharp corner and the camera got stuck inside the building! The graphics show a comic book-like effect, with bold outlines, bright colors and the visual feel of both a game and a comic book. Of course, the graphics aren't modern like today's, but back then you ­didn't need good graphics to make a good game.

My favorite part is the music. The soundtrack is so amazing it deserves its own album – and it got it! The soundtrack includes a ton of remixes of electronic music. It plays very well with the game and gives you the “radio playing in your ear” feeling. You can even have it just play music so you can listen while doing other things. This is the kind of game that should be played with a stereo system.

“Jet Grind Radio” is an amazing part of video game history that should not be compared to modern games like “Half-Life 2” and “Call of Duty” with their advanced graphics. The music is absolutely amazing and the custom graffiti mode still blows my mind.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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