A gamer would say: Blue skies! Cool music! Rollerblades and spray paint!
Fox News would say: Less a game, more an interactive gangland training manual, Jet Set Radio teaches impressionable youngsters everything they need to know to become a real ‘menace to society’. Playing as the same sort of impressionable, disaffected loner teen this ‘game’ hopes to groom* with its sugar-coated message of anarchy, the player is plunged into a bright, colourfully ‘cool’ cartoon depiction of crime and antisocial behaviour. Jet Set Radio cynically draws in its young audience by way of vibrant Saturday morning presentation, but what is contained with it is certainly no Flintstones. Heck, it makes even those Mighty Morphin’ Powered Rangers look tame.
Through the violently named ‘Beat’ character, players will learn the basics of how to start a small street gang, before taking the fight to bigger rival groups in an ever escalating battle for ‘turf’. They’ll learn how to dominate through intimidation. They’ll oust rivals from their homes by force, claiming them as their own via defacement, using graffiti tags promoting violence and anarchy.
Also, the soundtrack contains a barrage of aggressive Hip Hop and Rock. And we all know what that means.
*Just like a paedophile!