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Crazy Taxi

Score: 100%
ESRB: Everyone
Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Racing


Graphics & Sound:

Crazy Taxi is a perfect arcade port; all of the crisp vibrant graphics in the arcade version are here. Even the speed of the arcade is here; playing at a constant 60 FPS with no slow down whatsoever is crazy. If you have never played Crazy Taxi in the arcades, think of franticly driving through a virtual San Francisco desperately trying to get your customers to their destinations. The environments are highly interactive and filled with very detailed 3D graphics. This truly is what the future is - arcade perfect ports without the high cost of the arcade unit, all while playing in the comfort of your own home. As if the fantastic visuals weren't enough, the game also has an amazing soundtrack featuring a variety of hit punk bands. You can screech, jump and plow through crowded city streets, while rocking out to the tunes of Offspring and Bad Religion.

Gameplay:

The Sega Dreamcast version of Crazy Taxi is a flawless translation of the original with cool new exclusive features including an all-new Dreamcast course and 9 challenging mini-games. In Crazy Taxi, players assume the role of one of four offbeat taxi cab drivers (Axel, B.D. Joe, Gena and Gus) racing against the clock to collect the most cash. Players pick up passengers and deliver them to their destinations. The key to a decent tip is to dazzle your passengers with wild stunts and crazy tricks. Launch your taxi off a second story parking lot or fly down a set of stairs at ridiculous speeds-- in this game, crazy is the key word. The huge interactive environments in Crazy Taxi present numerous options and great replay value, allowing you to explore various parts of the city and go off the beaten path while terrorizing the streets. Taking passengers on these wild missions will be even more entertaining when you recognize some of the locations your customers will want to go to. Pizza Hut, KFC, the Original Levi Store and Tower Records are just a few places you will have to rush your eager customers too.

Difficulty:

What's so great about this game is its difficulty level. This is a game that your girlfriend, mother, dad, uncle, aunt, friend or even grandma can enjoy - which can't be said for most games. For once you don't have to worry about complex moves, solving puzzles, or defeating that unbeatable final boss. This is about one thing only - that is fun. Simple and effective gameplay makes this a sure winner.

Game Mechanics:

Crazy Taxi's controls are very simple - for the most part anyone can pick up the game and begin playing. Players who decide to master the game, though, will find that there are many additional moves besides the basic gas and break. Crazy Dash's, Crazy Drifts, Crazy Back Dash's, and Crazy Back Drifts are all essential must-learn moves to master the game. These moves result in you getting passengers to their destinations much quicker, which helps you earn more money, and a higher license class. If you're playing with friends, pass around the controller and see who can beat the highest score. If you're playing alone, strive to beat your last score. If this is the future, then we are in for a treat. Sega always has made the best arcade games and now we get to experience these arcade games in our own homes. Did I just die and go to heaven?

-Raider, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Duran

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