Jet Set Radio
In Jet Set Radio, the Noise Tanks are described as a Rudie gang of technophile otaku who are big on not only computers, but applied cybernetic augmentation, electrical engineering, cyberpunk aesthetic, and interest in transhumanism, aiming to one day become fused as man and machine. Within Tokyo-To, the Noise Tanks rule over the nighttime district Benten-Cho.
The Noise Tanks are said to work underground as black market backstreet software pirates to pay for their lifestyles, and subsist on a diet of "frankenstein foods", or manufactured foods and junk food to fit in with their gang themes. One hobby of theirs is to skate around and capture recordings of city life with their tape recorders. Outside of thrashing and spraying up the streets of Tokyo-To, the Noise Tanks are also petty tech crime misfits, being capable of controlling the electricity grid of the Benten-Cho district and being capable of utilizing self made electronics to make their travel easier. They also apparently carry smoke bombs (evidenced by the beginning of one of the stages). One of their biggest feats was causing last month's blackout in the city.
Professor K warns the player that if they aren't careful then "it's no cable for the kids". Also at one point, if the player completes a certain mission on the Poison Jam before Noise Tanks, Pots will be kidnapped by the Noise Tanks and given a computer implant which makes him move robotically and moo, as if Pots were a cow. If the player completes certain missions in a certain order, this implant will make Pots a playable character. Successfully complete all Benten-cho levels with a "Jet" rank to unlock the Noise Tank gang.
Jet Set Radio FutureIn Jet Set Radio Future, The Noise Tanks capture the player and another skater in Chapter 5, and they are forced to play Death Ball in order to escape from them.
The Doom Riders are the first rival gang faced in Death Ball, and upon their defeat, have helmets placed on them to make them do the Noise Tanks' bidding. However this never comes to much as the Doom Riders are encountered only one more time in the game, in a race around Dogenzaka Hill.
Afterwards, hundreds of Noise Tanks invade Tokyo-to and must be destroyed to clear the chapter.
The Noise Tanks are next seen in Sky Dinosaurian Square, where Cube reveals NT-3000 is a robot clone of Yoyo and the player must play a Tagger's Tag match against the Noise Tanks. Once they are defeated, the mayor of Tokyo-To destroys them, and one Noise Tank's head says to the player that the Golden Rhinos are after them and they must "sleep with one eye open." Later, the Noise Tank's head explodes. In the cutscene with DJ Professor K, he states that inside the Noise Tank's bodies, they managed to find out that these robots are part of the Golden Rhinos.
The Noise Tanks can be unlocked by getting a Jet ranking in all of the Test Runs in Highway Zero.
NOISE TANK - It's a Wonderful Chemical World
Urban Graffiti in red and in Hiragana.
NOISE TANK - Noise Destroys!
Popped out 3D Japanese amongst a black backdrop, akin to TV Snow.
NOISE TANK - Trancified
Black Japanese with purple shading atop a trippy fushisa backdrop, with an alien woman dancing atop.
Jet Grind Radio
Jet Set Radio Future
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Appareances in other games
In Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing, they appears in Jet Set Radio Future tracks, especially at Shibuya Downtown intro.
- In Jet Set Radio Future the members may be named NT-1000 and NT-2000, as NT-3000 is a Noise Tank in disguise and his name stands for Noise Tank 3000. Roboy is said to be a Noise Tank prototype, as evidenced by the "NT-1000" label on his back. The Noise Tanks themselves are the standard "NT-2000" model, as evidenced by the label on their backs, and NT-3000 may be a next-generation model of Noise Tank, possibly due to its ability to seamlessly disguise itself as Yoyo.