Jet Set Radio HD ready to grind onto Xbox 360, PC, PS3 this summer

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jet-set-radio.jpgJet Set Radio, the skating, grinding, graffiti-tagging, cell-shaded skating Dreamcast classic is to return to console this summer.

Jet Set Radio HD will be a re-release of the original Dreamcast title, set to touch down on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC through digital download platforms a little later in the year.

If you’ve never played the Dreamcast original, the Sega blog describes the game as follows:

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, Jet Set Radio lets players join the GGs, an up-and-coming street gang in the futuristic city of Tokyo-to, fighting for the right to self-expression against an overbearing, corporate-controlled police force. Rolling and leaping through crowded urban environments on magnetically driven inline skates, players take control of gang leader Beat and his growing posse of deviant artists as they steal turf from the local gangs by covering the city with colorful graffiti. Guided by Professor K, DJ for the hottest pirate broadcast in town – “Jet Set Radio” – the GGs will ultimately uncover the sinister plot hatched by the controlling powers of Tokyo-to.

Pretty wacky, huh? It was a super-fast, super stylish game back in the day, with Sega riding at the heights of their creative power on the Dreamcast.

One of the most innovative features of the original game was the ability to create your own graffiti tags and use them in the game world. While Sega are yet to confirm whether this feature will make it back into the game in the HD update, they will be running a contest for 20 gamers to get their art featured in the game. You’ve got until the 20th March to get your submissions in.

Gerald Lynch