It has been over 20 years since followers have heard from the world of Jet Set Radio. Positive, the franchise has made small appearances, like in Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing and Tremendous Monkey Ball: Banana Mania, however SEGA appears to have principally put the franchise on ice. Enter Dutch indie studio Staff Reptile, which brings us Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, a non secular successor to the Jet Set Radio video games.
At a look, you’d be excused for mistaking it for a long-lost sequel to 2002’s Jet Set Radio Future. From the cel-shaded graphics to the sport’s sense of favor, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk takes greater than slightly inspiration from SEGA’s sequence. And that’s not a foul factor. Bomb Rush is aware of precisely what it’s, and prefers to refine what has come earlier than, relatively than reinvent the wheel.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk stars Fake, a distinguished skater and graffiti artist who loses his head throughout a police escape. He is rescued by the Bomb Rush Gang, who deliver him again to life with a robotic head. Fake, now referred to as Crimson, joins the gang with the purpose to turn out to be “All Metropolis” and problem DJ Cypher’s gang to win his previous head again. As absurd of a premise as that is, it really works surprisingly nicely, becoming the sport’s over-the-top fashion completely.
After receiving your goal, the purpose is to discover the world, difficult every of the area’s gangs, and incomes REP. You’ll be doing tips, combos, and graffiti, all whereas listening to an unimaginable soundtrack. And with tons of optionally available collectibles and challenges in every hub, there’s loads of content material right here to digest. It is an unrivalled sense of enjoyable that feels Tony Hawk-like at occasions, simply so long as you keep away from the lacklustre, button-mashing fight segments.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is little doubt a worthy successor to Jet Set Radio. That’s to not say the sport is ideal; there are some notable points, reminiscent of falling by way of the ground every so often, in addition to the aforementioned poor fight sections. However these points don’t detract from this nonetheless being one of the vital enjoyable video games launched this yr.