The Game and a picture of myself after I had played it for the first time. Yes that is me 6 years ago. UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND, UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND, UNDERSTAND UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF LOVE!!!
- The first words you hear when you boot up JSRF.
At first, I was ashamed to tell this story, but it involves the great game known as Jet Set Radio Future, so I'll tell it anyway. Another plus side is that it has a moral. This is the story of why it took me 6 years to complete Jet Set Radio Future:
: This was the year I got Jet Set Radio Future in a bundle pack with Sega GT 2002 on my very first Xbox. It was the second game I tried. I had no idea it would take me 6 years to finish, but this is where it all began. After starting it up, I found it hard, I just couldnít get used to the controls, but I loved the music and the style of it all, unfortunately I kept getting lost, my young mind wasn't that good at comprehending maps back then. I'll tell you what was fun though, creating your own sprays, god, My sprays sucked, but I loved it., it never got old. I played it on and off for a while, but I preferred other games like Halo, Dead or Alive 3 and 007:Nightfire at the time.
Grinding is my cause 2004
: I got back into it because it was there on top of my Xbox, taunting me. I continued to plug away at it until I got to a boss fight, if I recall, it was that bastard cop in a giant mecha of some sort. I took me several weeks before I managed to not fall off to the ground and spray that mother f***er dead. Then it was on/off for a year until I got lost in The Skyscraper District and Pharaoh Park, I just didn't know where to go and I wasn't good enough to continue, I tried for weeks, but I just got bored, so I gave up and forgot about it.
The police. Fuuuuuuuuccckkkkkkk Yoooooouuuuuu! 2005
: Ignored it for other commitments and games, I was also in the FPS crowd at this time I just wasn't interested in good games. If I could go back in time and kick my younger self for thinking such things, I totally would. Hey, what's that bruise on my shin?
: I was '360' heavy this year, foolishly thinking that the 'Next Gen' was the way forward. One rainy day though, I plugged in my original Xbox and booted it up; opened my save, remembered my days of frustration then turned it off.
Art, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, YEAH!
In a related note, I hated that 'Graffiti is art but also vandalism' message that appeared every time you booted it up. I mean, if games influenced us, we'd all be eating pills in a dark room while listening to repetitive music.
: Ignored it all year due to my commitment to my 360, I didnít think I would go back to the original Xbox. I can't believe I just ignored it again, what a crime against humanity! This was also the year I got an HDTV, I foolishly thought that looking at SDTV again would burn my eyes out or something.
: I did play some old Xbox games due to the need and urge for something old. Completely Forgot about JSRF though and I'll tell you why: it was because the JSRF/SegaGT2002 bundle Disc came in a little paper wallet and, not wanting it damaged, I put that in one of those old Xbox magazine demo disc cases. Hot Damn, talk about bad planning.
The military sent TANKS AFTER YOU! HOW HARDCORE! FIGHT THE POWER, YEAH!!! 2009
: This was the year I made a promise to myself to complete as many games as possible. By chance I saw and downloaded the soundtrack. Memories came flooding back, soon, I told myself, I'd get to it soon, and this time, it would be different. I finally got around to JSRF the second week of March. I booted it up, but I had long forgot what I was supposed to be doing, So I decided to start a new game. I grew tired of the tutorials, but had gained my skating skills back. I loaded up the blasted Save file containing my Demise. I boosted like the freakin' Fist of the North Star, somehow I progressed and wondered why I had been stuck all this time, I think Prince of Persia and Tomb Raider Legend helped me acquire the necessary platforming skills, thinking back on it. I said to myself "Right, I'm going to make it right to the end" All my other games and priorities went on hold for a week. After 6 years, I finally understood the game. I blazed through the world, laughing at the idea of a young Nick struggling at the game.
My two most used characters. On the left: Rhyth, on the right, Gum, why these two? why play as girls? I think it was the short dresses. Call it male instinct combined with the need for some decent acceleration.
So I changed my character from Gum to Rhyth and began grinding rails like there was no tomorrow, why was I using such a slow character such as Gum? I wish I could ask my younger self.
A sunny Saturday morning arrived. I knew I was nearing the end. 11:45am, I defeated the final boss, I'd done it, adrenaline was pumping through my vains, Iíd actually done it! I began Jumping up and down while I did the dance of awesomeness as the credits rolled, I realized I had finally completed my quest.
To quote DJ Professor K: JET! SET! RAAAADDDDIIIIOOOO! FFFFFFFFUUUUUTTTTTUUUUUUURRRREEE!!! Listening to banging tunes while grinding?= Priceless.
Gameplay: 8/10 (What can I say, there's nothing quite like it)
Sound: 9/10 (I love the music, apart from one song called Birthday Cake, god that was annoying)
Visuals: 9/10 (The Cel-shaded style is perfect, can't really fault it here)
I loved how everyone was dancing at the GG's hideout. This is also what I call 'The Dance of Awesome'.
Will I ever go back to it? Maybe. It may of sounded stupid, as I'm sure many of you had no trouble completing JSRF at all. But keep in mind that as a gamer, I've come a long way. I wasn't always diverse, but I think JSRF has broken that part of me. I Love it. But I also realize that this game was truly unique, there may never be another one quite like it. Do we need a sequel? God Yes.
So if you find yourself with a game collecting dust on the back shelf, for the LOVE OF GOD. Go back to it and show it who's boss, who knows? You might just come out with a new favorite game.
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