Excerpt: While details about the interface have changed, what you'll find once you download the game is that mostly SEGA left things alone. The result is a generally faithful port of the Dreamcast port, with one disappointing exception: the soundtrack is now free from the sounds of The Offspring. In place of that distinct soundtrack, players now are treated to some generic music that sounds sort of like the original tunes, only not quite.
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: I have fond memories of the Dreamcast, and those memories include time spent with Crazy Taxi. The fast-paced arcade racing coupled with a licensed soundtrack in an age before licensed soundtracks were common made for a fun, turn of the century diversion. When I heard that Crazy Taxi was coming to XBLA, I was pretty excited about the chance to once again go racing down steep hills while flying past cable cars with The Offspring blaring through my speakers.
Excerpt: Nostalgia has played an important part in Xbox Live Arcade, from new versions of classic arcade games to modern titles that hark back to classic styles of play. Now SEGA has joined those looking back, and has begun a series of Dreamcast ports that are also available on the PlayStation Network. Crazy Taxi is based around a simple premise and the sort of blue-sky gaming environment that SEGA is renowned for.
Excerpt: This may not be the Crazy Taxi of your dad but this "remake" on the XBox 360 is actually still an additively entertaining racing game. Although originally on the Dreamcast, Crazy Taxi required the gamer to drive a taxi around a fully interactive city in order to collect passengers and take them from point A to B. Unfortunately you had a timer and sometimes, the destinations were not that easy to reach. It was fun, it was addictive, it was Crazy Taxi.
Excerpt: If grooving to The Offspring’s “All I Want” was as key to your Crazy Taxi experience as it was to ours, prepare for a rough ride. This Live Arcade port leaves the original Offspring and Bad Religion soundtrack at the side of the road, picking up some forgettable pop-punk tunes that can’t hope to embody the Dreamcast/coin-op game’s gung-ho spirit. Not cool! For nostalgic fans who can hang in there — or first-time players — earning “crazzzzy money” still has its moments.
Pros: + Hauling ass through crowded streets is still a big rush., + These taxis handle nicely with a 360 controller.
Cons: - Nixes one of gaming’s most perfect soundtracks; graphics desperately need updating., ? How do bystanders and clueless pedestrians always manage to dodge your speeding cab?
Excerpt: The main unavoidable changes in this (and the PSP) incarnation involve the stripping of pretty much everything licensed in the original. Fans accustomed to Pizza Hut and KFC will have to make due with the generic Pizza Parlor and Fried Chicken Shack instead, but similar color schemes for the locations and logos make this a pretty seamless change.
Excerpt: The original Crazy Taxi was one of my favorite Dreamcast games a decade ago, and since that system’s death, the CT formula has provided me with countless hours of enjoyable on the original Xbox and most recently on the PSP. Now, it has arrived on the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network for $10, and delivers a largely successful port that suffers from a few problems - some were avoidable, others weren’t due to licensing deals expiring.
Excerpt: As one of the first of Dreamcast's classics and last of Sega's arcade hits, Crazy Taxi has a special place in the hearts of many hardcore gamers, but has likely been forgotten by the rest. Luckily, the game’s return on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade should do well by both groups, as it’s a solid arcade experience that has aged well and provides a fair amount of depth for its $10 price tag.
Pros: $10 price tag, game controls just as precisely as it did on the Dreamcast, leaderboard list adds a bit of replay value, new songs and destinations aren’t half bad.