Conclusion: Pretty much like The Offspring . If a track by The Offspring comes coasting by on your iPod during shuffle, cool. A quick blast of 90’s punk rock is always welcome, but it’s not every day you want to wade through an entire Offspring album. And that’s a killer idea in the making: if you could set up your console to shuffle through your games, delivering you bite-sized chunks of every game you’ve got on your hard drive, Crazy Taxi would be one of the brightest stars, as...
Excerpt: SEGA's port of the arcade title Crazy Taxi came about in 2000 during the middle of the Dreamcast's life cycle, becoming enough of a success to spawn two sequels and a number of additional console ports throughout the rest of the Noughties. In the transition from arcade to console the game retained its iconic soundtrack - one that featured tracks by The Offspring and Bad Religion, among others - along with the bright, crayola-coloured graphics.
Conclusion: For ten bucks you can overlook much of the aged gameplay and graphics and there is some mindless fun to be had for the cheap price; but the removal of the music and other locals does a lot to kill the nostalgic desire to relive the glory days of the Dreamcast/Arcades of the late 90’s/early 2000’s. It is a prime example why license tracks and places aren’t a good idea in gaming for re-releases.
Excerpt: Crazy Taxi is a game about picking up passengers and delivering them to their desired destinations before the clock reaches zero. How you get from point A to point B is entirely up to you. Success will earn you cash; failure will earn you GAME OVER. If you’ve ever daydreamed about being a speeding cab driver, defying the rules of the road and raking in the dollars while doing so, this one’s most definitely for you.
Excerpt: The Dreamcast is one of the most beloved systems in gaming history, spurred on by the likes of Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue and Space Channel 5. Via PSN and XBLA current gen console owners now have the opportunity to play one of the other staples of the Dreamcast era: Crazy Taxi. But has this port of a port of an arcade game stood the test of time?
Excerpt: The Dreamcast, cruelly cut short in its prime by the impending release of the PlayStation 2 and waning third party support, played host to some incredible arcade-quality games. Packed with purity and stuffed with playability and slick graphics, the likes of Powerstone, Soul Calibur and Virtua Tennis still look and play great today.
Pros: It’s the same, pure Crazy Taxi game we used to love, The leaderboards are a nice touch
Cons: The menus, HUD and UI are a little ugly, There’s little licensed content remaining, One new mode or map would have been nice for old fans
Conclusion: Crazy Taxi had you hooked even before you witnessed the attract screen in your local arcade. "Hey hey hey, come on over and have some fun with Crazy Taxi" was a cat-call every bit as exciting and as provocative as any lusty harlot's late on a Friday night. A dare if you will - how much fun could you have earning a wage as one of four taxi drivers weaving through traffic in some sun-kissed mythical Californian city? Apparently, a hell of a lot.
Pros: + Arcade thrills. + Classic Sega feel to production. + Crazy Box will suck up your life.
Cons: - Longevity issues. - Numerous small glitches add up. - Can't stack up to today's racers.