One drove over the cuckoo’s nest. Review

Crazy Taxi Info

genre

  • N/A

players

  • 1 - 1

Publisher

  • Acclaim
  • Sega

Developer

  • Acclaim

Release Date

  • 12/31/1969
  • Out Now

Platform

  • DreamCast
  • GameCube
  • PS2

rating

One drove over the cuckoo’s nest.

Crazy Taxi has a long-standing clinical record, from its hallowed Dreamcast

roots
to the by-the-books port on

the PS2
. You would think that’s enough to keep it in the nut house, but somehow

Crazy Taxi has finagled its way free and is back in another low-effort

port on the GameCube. Somebody better fetch Nurse Ratched.

To a gamer, the word “port” is almost as bad as other four-letter

words. Instantly, preconceived notions of ramshackle turnarounds pop up in one’s

mind. This also seems to be what popped into Sega’s mind because sadly, this

game does little to refute the stereotype. Crazy Taxi for the GameCube

is exactly like the Dreamcast version, but considering that the original was

released about two years ago, GameCube’s Crazy Taxi is sharply dated.

For the uninitiated, Crazy Taxi is all about you and your yellow checkered

ride. Zoom about a giant city against an ever-dwindling clock, all the while

picking up passengers and driving them where they want to go. These passengers,

crazy fools that they are, will pay you extra dollars for thrills like unannounced

games of chicken with oncoming traffic. Not a bad deal.

Crazy Taxi has always been hindered by its arcade roots. It’s great

for a fast, cheap thrill, but it’s not great for long lasting play since there’s

no depth whatsoever. Plus, it always drinks out of the milk carton and leaves

the toilet seat up!

Crazy Taxi for the GameCube, like the Dreamcast and PS2 before it,

still comes with the two San Francisco themed maps that the original came with

– the Arcade city and the Original city. Both look relatively similar, with

the main difference being the size of the map.

There’s also a bevy of different mini-games in an effort to breathe more life

into this puppy. They aren’t very fun, but they’ll help you grasp some of the

trickier maneuvers in the game.

Like the DC original, buildings on the horizon abruptly appear like facts

on an episode of VH1’s Pop-Up Video. Strangely, the pop-up is even more

noticeable in the GameCube version. Why couldn’t they improve the original by

nixing the pop-up? Why couldn’t they up the ante on the graphics? Why couldn’t

they include a pair of fuzzy dice?

The music is the same as the original, featuring tracks from The Offspring

and Bad Religion. You’ll find the tunes either catchy or annoying depending

on your tastes, but I think everyone will agree that they are a good fit for

Crazy Taxi‘s nature. I think one of the songs is about a metaphorical

“Tug of War,” but every time I hear it, I think I hear “Soda Wars.” Then my

mind wanders to mental images of Coke and Pepsi duking it out. Or maybe it’s

because of the overflowing product placement in the game.

Some of the voices have been changed for the GameCube and it definitely has

taken a turn for the worse. There seems to be some added cussing where there

once was none. Golly, gee whiz, my poor virgin ears! Same goes for the 9 year

old that I absentmindedly let borrow the game.

Crazy Taxi for the GameCube is a mediocre port of what can already

be considered an old but classic Dreamcast game. On the other hand, it’s a port

of a good, fun game with the ever-important gameplay still intact. It’s still

fun, but it’s also dated and aimed towards those new to the craziness.

Then again, Crazy Taxi for the DC is now practically $10, and Crazy

Taxi
GameCube is $50! I’d understand pricing it at $50 if they actually

tried to add something to the game or at least fix the minor but aggravating

problems, but $50 for the exact same game? The cost-to-value ratio seems more

than a mite off there, especially with how long Crazy

Taxi 2
has been out. If you really want to get loco, wait for the cab fare

to go down.





REVOLUTION REPORT CARD

Rating4
Still fun
Good 'ol Crazy Taxi!
Same 'ol Crazy Taxi!
Nothing new at all
Yet another mediocre port job
$50!?