With Rune Factory 4 being released today in the US I was considering writing a piece on it. Then I seen the EU release date being Spring 2014 and I thought Id leave it. I dunno about anyone else but that's quite a long gap, At most it could be 6 months! 6 Months! I guess there'll be a lot of information on the game floating around so a preview would be easy to write up and I could do one at a later date. To be honest I don't blame the publishers here, the blame falls squarely at Nintendo's feet for shafting their userbase and region locking the 3DS. With us being based in the UK, we have to share the pain of our EU readers and suck it & wait. At least on the PlayStation side of things we are able to import, Its just a shame about the 3DS. So whats today? Its another retrospective. I know you guys are probably getting fed up with these and want some info on new releases but I'm currently compiling a list of games to research so hopefully all next week should be upcoming releases of interesting games. Today's game is going to be the hugely ignored sequel to one of Sega's Dreamcast gems - Jet Set Radio Future
In futuristic Tokyo, a group of teenage skaters (Groups collectively referred to as Rudies) called the GG's vie for control of the many districts of Tokyo against many rival groups. A mega corporate enterprise (the Rokkaku Group) has taken over the many districts of the city and their leader is now the mayor of Tokyo. It is oppressing the people, taking away freedom of speech and expression, and is forcing other gang members to give up their territory using the corrupt police force of Tokyo.
The game begins with the player in control of a character called Yoyo, who has to complete a set of basic training exercise to prove himself worthy of joining the GG's After these challenges are completed, the game is interrupted by a pirate radio broadcast by 'DJ Professor K' who fills the player in on the turmoil within Tokyo. After this cutscene, the player is released into Tokyo itself, where they pursue their mission to 'bury Tokyo in graffiti' and fight the authoritarian Rokkaku Group, and their own police force, the Rokkaku Police.
Wait! Why are you doing this one!? Why not the original!?? Simple really. This is possibly one of the most ignored games of all time. It sold less than JSR on Dreamcast no doubt. There's probably a high chance that YOU haven't played it either. Nobody ever mentions Future, not even JSR fans (which some didn't even play this sequel..pffft..call yourselves fans) So stop whining and read on as this is most definitely worth playing..
I'm gonna push the boat out a little here. I probably prefer JSRF to the original. Whoa! Whoa! Hold off on the guillotine for a moment guys! Let me explain. Please!? My main gripe with the original was its camera system due to the Dreamcast controllers singular analogue, which seemed to faff around at the most annoying of moments. With JSRF being on a console with a 2 analogue controller, it was fixed! Plus I came to prefer the lack of a time limit as it allowed me the extra time to appreciate the developers work. Its quite an immersive game. In no way am I saying anything bad about the original so you can wind your neck in now! Should we get another Jet Set Radio? I would love another Jet Set Radio but its been way too long and I doubt SEGA would be interested. Plus if they did it would probably be a mobile game. So pull out your original Xbox and dust off your copy of JSRF! Shame on you if you don't have it or haven't played it as its possibly the last outing in this stylish series we'll see.