If you're a fan of the Sega series Jet Set Radio, one game you might want to be on the lookout for is Bomb Rush Cyberfunk.
It's done by Team Reptile (the developer behind games like Lethal League and Lethal League Blaze) and features music in it by Hideki Naganuma - the guy who composed for Sega's Jet Set Radio series.
This week actually marks the 19th anniversary of Jet Set Radio Future and in line with this, Team Reptile has dropped an "official trailer" for its upcoming title. It has also provided some insight about the world of Bomb Rush Cyberfunk:
"Team Reptile brings you Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, 1 second per second of highly advanced funkstyle. In a world from the mind of Dion Koster, where self-styled crews are equipped with personal boostpacks, new heights of graffiti are reached. Start your own cypher and dance, paint, trick, face off with the cops and stake your claim to the extrusions and cavities of a sprawling metropolis in an alternate future set to the musical brainwaves of Hideki Naganuma."
Although there's been no mention of a Nintendo Switch release just yet, the developer has previously confirmed the game will be coming to consoles and PC. In this latest update, Team Reptile has also mentioned how it aims to release the game on "all relevant platforms" in 2022. The Switch is relevant enough, right?
Would you be interested in playing a game like this on your Nintendo Switch? What do you think of the official trailer - getting some funky fresh beat vibes? Tell us down below.
[source twitter.com, via purexbox.com]
Ugh, another one, is anybody else sick of these indie "spiritual successors" of much better beloved classics lately?
I played the crap out of Hover, and I will play the crap outta this.
@Jakiboy as long as they are good, I won't be sick of them. It isn't too often they are good tho. I do have faith in this dev however.
All the ResetEra people won't buy it because of Hideki Naganuma's involvement: https://www.resetera.com/threads/hideki-naganuma-makes-concerning-tweet-finally-i-found-my-girlfriend-on-twitter-but-shes-a-teenager.309304/
Just getting tired of indie games as a whole to be honest. If they're not following a generic formula that made a specific indie game great (the likes of FNaF, and Undertale come to mind). Then they're pulling this kind of stunt, ripping off a dead franchise so they can make money on an already established audiences nostalgia.
And Nintendo only made my distaste for indies far worse for putting them on a pedestal for the last 2-3 years so they can twiddle their thumbs, whistling.
@yuwarite Wow, I’m a huge fan of Naganuma’s work but he seems to have gone past a line. I feel a bit deflated to be honest.
@Jakiboy Kind of... I'd rather SEGA do something with the franchise. At this point, an arcade racing game with tilt based sliders (like those ski games in the 90's) would be better than nothing, a skate based fighting game, down hill slalom racing game., literally anything JSR would be nice.
Sign me up, I’m all over this!! This looks like a big step above Hover which was decent.
You could have told me that was a trailer for a new JSR game and I would believe it. I will definitely buy it.
@Jakiboy yeah. Just port the real thing or make something original.
That said I am still gonna buy this one.
@Jakiboy Yeah they are never nearly as good and they also seem to fail on some of the essentials that made those games such classics.
This game just looks like Hover, which was a pretty disappointing game that played like more of a straight up platformer. The rollerblading is what made JSR so appealing, and without it the game simply lacks that flow.
@Dreamcaster-X Yeah this game definitely looks closer to JSR than Hover ever was, it seems like they actually might have the tagging done well as a big part of this game while tagging just felt like an afterthought in Hover. Better looking style as well, environments look much improved and the gameplay seems better.
@Jakiboy I’m tired of seeing a review for an indie game with amazing artwork, only to click on it and the graphics are from the 8 or 16 bit era. Even more annoyed if it’s one of those games like Metroid. Maybe I’m imagining this, but the look of indie games seemed more varied during the PS3, 360 and Wii era. Some even rivaling the beauty of AAA games.
One of the things that bored me about Nintendo’s last Direct, besides too many anime style games, were all the old school looking games. I bought into the hype (FIFTY MINUTES!!!) only to feel bored by the halfway point. It was the first time I watched a Direct live. 😞
Considering there are very few games like JSR and even the rerelease of it is held back significantly by old game design decisions and the sequel is forever locked to the OG Xbox I don’t see what the problem is here. If you took away the indie/small studio scene gaming would be a very barren place right now, the high cost and time of development of so called AAA games now means the output isn’t half of what we got during the 6th and 7th console generations, I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t even a quarter of it.
@Jakiboy You make good points, as the indie scene has been over saturated to the point of numbness. The indies that I do play REALLY stand out to me, such as Bloodstained, Cybershadow, or the upcoming Bushiden. But you're right, it's a TON of whitenoise, especially with metroidvanias. I feel a tiny bit of resentment everytime a new one is released.
@outsider83 That was pretty much the worst Direct I've seen from Nintendo. They were really scraping the bottom of the barrel, there. Oh cool, Zelda port and Mario golf. Uh, that's it? Oh, Ninja Gaiden was the other good part.
Need a review. Hopefully doesn't go the way of Taxi Chaos
Trouble is sega don’t do anything with there games so ppl will make games similar, sega could make silly money with the games they hold but no rather keep bringing out rubbish sonic games and films
Wow did no one buy lethal league blaze? That game is a blast. This looks great too
I have zero hype for copycats. Will wait for a review, but even still it’s kinda tribute band levels of creativity. Bring your own ideas or make something different. Yknow, like Nintendo do.
Straight into my veins!!! I'm so happy that so many indies are picking up the slack of the much larger companies.
@Chamver I hope they do bring their own ideas. If segs ever make a new one they would! A carbon copy is uninspired and quite frankly depressing if that’s all people want.
@SalvorHardin JSRF actually has a pretty good emulation for PC I heard
like others already said: it needs rollerblading
I'll wait for some reviews. These usually disappoint.
@Jakiboy No but I'm sick of people complaining about them for stupid reasons
Hideki Naganuma is a musical genius! Glad he's working on this game
@Jakiboy They're sure less generic than the big budget safe AAA made by uncreative slaves that plague the industry.
Good job Jet Set Radio wasn't made by Warner Bros or they would have patented the grinding graffiti schtick.
I will wait for the reviews on this one
A direct rip off of Jet Set and Another missed opportunity by Sega! So that’s Jet Set and Crazy Taxi clones all in the same week Sega. But you just keep your classic franchises dormant 🤦♂️ 🙄
@Jakiboy Nah, there's a void to be filled, it's only a good thing for indies to capitalise on it. SEGA has done little to innovate with JSR in decades, and even JSRF didn't break much new ground.
"No mention of Nintendo Switch yet".
Yeah, thanks for that.
@nessisonett yah I liked his work. This is a depressing revelation. I didn't realize he was so gross. Guess ill be avoiding this. I just couldn't enjoy it knowing the truth now.
@yuwarite He said on Twitter that it was a joke that went too far and apologized
@glaemay Okay, tell me what these "stupid" reasons are then.
@tabris95 You make a good point and I admit that the main industry has been this (especially with Nintendo). The indie industry however really shouldn't be, for starters they are not held back by executives or mandates so they don't have to follow a bunch of rules when developing. They're literally free to develop anything they want. So the only reason they are copying the same formula of another successful indie is because it's guaranteed to make at least some money.
In summary: All I'm saying is there is so much creative potential being wasted just to make easy money. There could have been some truly modern classics within the indie scene, new legends that could have rivaled the greats like Miyamoto, and a much needed shake-up in the industry as a whole. But by the looks of the replies I'm getting it's not going to get original or creative anytime soon, people are literally throwing money at knock-offs just to fill in their nostalgia voids.
Good looking game.
Also, I think more real life buildings need quarterpipes for walls.
I think I am tired of the mining of the same genre trend. Much like Netflix movies of recent every director thinks if they emulate another decent movie someone will watch because they like that style. It has become an epidemic with the amount of filler offerings out there.
That being said this actually looks better than the others out there trying copy JSR. I may look at it further but sometimes you have to have your own ideas.
Are we supposed to know what Resetera is? I have never heard of it but there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of these echo chambers where people like to hear each other talk as long as they agree with their ideology.
If Hideki Naganuma is practicing free speech and not committing crimes(based on his residence) then how others think matters little to me.
This is clearly so similar to Jet Set, it amazes me that Sega have not taken issue with it?
But it just goes to show there’s mileage in jet set and crazy taxi as we saw earlier this week.
Why sega has missed this boat is baffling, yet invested money in the awful balan wonderland?
Not really playing to their strengths!
Y'all never played Team Reptile's games, and it shows in an ugly way. I can almost guarantee you the game won't play like it looks, just like Lethal League that everyone trashed for being a "Smash Clone."
@yuwarite - Ah, so we are supposed to care what ResetEra nobodies think after taking a response out of context and refuse developed information later that denounces their original narrative.
He has stated it was a joke that went too far and apologized. Not a funny joke, but also can be taken multiple ways (I remember Olsen Twin jokes about waiting for them to be 18), but still dull and tacky.
I dont get the hate behind indie games, if a game is good why the heck does it even matter. If you arent interested in these titles then just dont get them, its that simple so stop whining. It really feels like complaining about nothing at this point.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk is a game ive dreamed of getting for years, a game zero triple AAA titles seem to try and zero other developers got right. Team Reptile will get it right because I know they love its inspiration the same way I do, Lethal League is enough to prove that for me.
@Jakiboy No, this looks great. If Sega would have made one that would have been the best probably, but, if they're not going to do it I'm glad someone is doing it. That's like the indie game The Wonderful End of The World, it's like Katamari Damacy, because Namco doesn't make Katamari Games anymore. People that want to play more of that kind of game have no choice, we shouldn 't be at the mercy of game companies that may or may not want to make another sequel. Besides that, indies are great, often times better than AAA studios, so based on who's making it it can be even better than the original franchise and usually cheaper. I mean just look at Sonic Mania, Sonic Team couldn't make anything decent lately and some indie dev comes up with the best 2d Sonic game we've had in decades.
Again, I'm saying is people should move on, things come and go. Lets give something new a chance.
With a lot of older games not being re-released on modern consoles, there will always be a demand for spiritual successors. No, not all games that try to capture that yesteryear's essence are as good as the originals but don't let nostalgia rob you of the joy that some of these titles can bring you. And you're always free to ignore these releases
@Jakiboy The Switch has several thousand games on it, there's tons of games where they try something new, that's the whole schtick of indie gaming; they don't have the money the AAA producers have so they make more interesting games that the AAA studios won't do. Jet Set Radio Future came out in 2001, 20 years ago, and we still haven't had anything that's comparable. There's hundreds of first person shooters, hundreds of rpgs, platformers, etc, but, I can only think of maybe 5 games in the last 20 years that looked like they were trying to be like Jet Set Radio and this is the first one that looks any good. Can you imagine if Wolfenstein 3d or Super Mario Bros. or Final Fantasy or Atari Football had come out and everyone had that same attitude about not copying. We'd have no fps, platformers, or rpg games, or sports games. Video games have been here a long time now, coming up with 100% original ideas isn't possible, everything has been done to some extent. Puyo Puyo exists because of Tetris, Mortal Kombat because of Street Fighter, 1942 because of Galaxian, nothing exists in a vacuum.
Looks cool, but what's with marking the weirdest anniversaries? It's the 19th anniversary? 20th sure, but who cares about the 19th of anything other than their own marriage?
But it isn't "copying" or trying to be "like Jet Set Radio" though, this is straight up ripping-off. (E.G. Notice the same art style)
I guess a majority of people have become either numb or embraced the fact there's nothing creative coming out (being force fed remakes, reboots, knock-offs) of the media industry (Videogames as well as Movies/TV).
I'm not going to dignify your thinking that I have something against genres (or something) with an actual response, because that was absolutely ridiculous.
No mention of a Nintendo console. This article is clickbait.
This comment section is a bummer. I've been super excited for this game since its reveal. Both Lethal League games were great so it's probably in good hands. And Team Reptile clearly has an understanding of what made JSR great. All of the artwork and progression they've been sharing on Twitter has been really promising as well.
I don’t get it. It looks EXACTLY like a JSRF game... I mean, shouldn’t someone get sued over this?!
I like it, but would have preferred a real JSRF game...
@DrDaisy None of the console formats have been revealed as yet, but given that Lethal League came to Switch (and it's the best-selling system right now) it's fair to assume this will as well.
You literally have no idea what 'clickbait' even means anymore
@Tedikuma I was just thinking the same thing.
Suddenly spiritual successors are bad because they aren't original enough?
Well crap, guess Stardew Valley, the best Story of Seasons game in the past decade, is bad now.
@Paraka I agree with you; I wasn't defending (or decrying) ResetEra, just passing on something interesting that I came across.
@yuwarite - Yeah, their opinions are like a tower of ego built on a heap of trash. I honestly think they do it for internet clout cause the dopamine kick they get from all the backpats, but honestly nothing even an iota more important than our own opinions here. No matter how much they think they are.
@Jakiboy These 33 seconds only look like Jet Set Radio if you haven't played the original extensively, or slowed down the video to look at the details. You can't say this looks exactly like something else when we barely know what this looks like, nobody has even had a hand on experience or seen more than 1 minutes worth of gameplay. I played Jet Set Radio a lot and this is an homage, not a copy. The characters don't have skates, they run and grind on special shoes making it more like parkour. It doesn't take place in Tokyo-To because the signs are all in english. All the characters are different, and look similar to some of the characters from Lethal League. The levels are different, the music is different, different enemies, no sign of Professor K, the graffiti is different, no one knows the plot. You have a cell phone where you can choose your graffiti instead of having to change it from the main hub. The graffiti controls look interactive but from the 1 example in the video, it looks more free form. There's a dude running up on the side of a moving train and tagging it while it's going, there's another clip of a guy grinding upside down!
I get it that they have a similar art style, but, from what little we've seen it's too early to judge and say that the whole game is nothing but a clone. Unless you've played it already in a closed beta or something, then I guess that would be different.
@Jakiboy No we are not
Looks cool but I hate the way-to-early announcements. Remind me again in 2022.
Seriously tho I wish Nintendo Life had a notification system where it can remind you that a game you're interested in got released.
@Damo If it's misleading, it's clickbait. I'm not the one who doesn't know what it is.
@DrDaisy What exactly is misleading about the title of this piece?
@Damo The location for one thing. It's like that time you covered some beat-em-up game coming to Genesis. Why don't you start a Sega Life website or something? Is actual Nintendo news really that slim?
@DrDaisy The developer of this game has already supported Switch with Lethal League, and given that it's already confirmed as coming to consoles, it's highly likely that it will come to Switch. That's the angle here; nothing to do with JSR being a Sega game. JSR is the clear point of reference here, which is why it is mentioned in the headline.
Again, can you please explain why this is clickbait?
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