YMMV: Jet Set Radio

  • Crazy Awesome: Where else can you find a game that lets you go up against the police, tanks and freakin' HELICOPTERS with nothing but graffiti?
  • Ear Worm: Every single song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Cube is apparently popular with western gamers, for obvious reasons.
    • Don't forget DJ Professor K.
    • As far as songs go, Let Mom Sleep (No Sleep Remix) has become surprisingly popular in mashups despite being the least played song in JSRF.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Teargassing teens, using excessive force for something mostly passive and peaceful, police brutality on an extreme level, all become severely less funny and cartoony when you realize that sort of thing happens with alarming frequency these days.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Splatoon and Steven Universe. The former thanks to both games being about youth in Shibuya spreading paint everywhere, and the latter due to somewhat similar aesthetics, and a comment from the creator about one of the characters loving the game's soundtrack.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Yoyo was retooled from a short, chubby, annoying kid who challenged you to a painful race in JSR into a much more likable and attractive character in JSRF.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "That's Enough" has a lot in common with Fatboy Slim's "Always Read The Label".
  • That One Level:
    • In JSRF, the Tokyo Undergound Sewage Facility. Bonus points for one of its final graffiti souls, which requires using the wall-ride move up a narrow vertical passage; the walls must be ridden in sequence (as trying to wall ride the same wall twice in a row doesn't work), the two safety platforms contain no barriers to stop you accidentally falling, getting stuck in a wall corner is very easy and the walls are covered in non-wall-ride-able sections designed to make you fall back to the start.
    • No "love" for the Skyscraper Distract & Pharaoh Park? Dark color pallete, tons of life-sapping Non-Lethal Bottomless Pits, and very specific series of rails to grind and jumps to make combine into one hellish experience, especially when traveling into the very far reaches.
    • Hikage Street is full of incredibly boring level design, frequent stops to fight the police, and having to climb up the stairs repeatedly due to all the graffiti being at the top and it being incredibly easy to fall back to the bottom.
    • Bantam Street in the original game, especially with a hard-to-reach tag that usually ends up to be the last one to be done with barely any time on the clock left. The fact that the only two available characters the first time through have the highest graffiti stats in thw game (making multi-spray tags harder in return for more points) makes it practically unwinnable.
      • Grind Square qualifies as well, in which you are almost constantly in danger of dying from fall damage as well as having to pull off some of the most difficult jumps in the game just to reach many of the tags.
  • That One Boss:
    • The final battle against Gouji/A.Ku.Mu; if the incredibly distracting, seizure-inducing location wasn't hard enough to cope with, it requires navigating a rather difficult and complicated vertical course to the very top just to reach the battle itself.
    • The Hikage Street Terror Drone is all that but worse. Hard to get in a hit on it, a flow-crushing cutscene in the middle of the battle and an agonizingly long trek back up, plus framerate drops to the bombs going off making it even slower.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Initially, a huge chunk of the soundtrack couldn't be licensed again for the Updated Re-release, which caused a lot of this. Fortunately, it has been reduced to two songs, with Sega trying to get the rights to those. Thankfully, leaving aside one song, this was not the case for the HD rerelease.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Many were probably confused by the Teen rating on the game, even through the first few playthroughs...until they listened closely to the lyrics of most of the songs. One of said songs gives you tips on how to give a good blowjob. Another has you hearing the whispered moans of a loving couple, busy in the sack. You also hear LOTS of references to polyamory. Also, the song "Rockin' the Mic" contains constant use of the S-word and N-word.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: If not the entire game, then DEFINITELY Rokkaku's dreamworld where you fight the final Boss battle.