When one of our writers here at Geeks Under Grace, LJ, inquired about coverage concerning a game intended to be a throwback of the legendary (okay, cult hit) Jet Set Radio, I was all over it, but wondered why I was not already aware of the existence of such an ambitious game. As I would discover, Hover: Revolt of Gamers successful kickstarter is being developed by a small French team of three after a that only initially asked for $38,000—ambitious, indeed!
What many younger gamers may not know, is that JSR is notorious for featuring one of the greatest soundtracks in gaming history, successfully blending the genres of hip-hop, trance, house, funk, bluegrass, alternative, punk, and electronica music. With my expectations in this area for Hover: Revolt of Gamers neigh impossible to achieve, I was pleasantly relieved to hear “Enter the City” giving my subwoofers a rigorous workout. Composer Cédric Menendez channels the legendary Hideki Naganuma, and both musicians will be contributing to the Hover OST. If anything, potential players should anticipate a good one!
The story thus far revolves around a municipal power who rolls out a No Fun Allowed policy by confiscating all the gaming consoles, raising the ire of the Gamers, who lead a resistance to overthrow their oppressor. As far as the current game build is concerned, it does not appear that the story missions have been explicitly integrated, unless I am mistaking what feels like a series of side quests for the actual story. Various members of the resistance are sprinkled around the game’s starting area, granting experience and upgrades to speed, jumping, and grinding for the completion of time trials, fetch quests, and other miscellaneous mundane tasks.