Still Crazy After All These Years? 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

Still Crazy After All These Years?

Crazy Taxi, one of Sega’s hottest Dreamcast

titles, has managed to work its way over to the Playstation 2. The PS2 version

is an exact port of the original, with a few unwanted additions in the form of

glitches. Carrying a full-priced fare, this cabbie ain’t cheap next to the discounted

original.

Port is a four-letter word in the realm of gaming. Instantly, preconceived

notions of ramshackle turnarounds and weak effort pop up in one’s mind. Sadly,

this game does little to refute the stereotype. Crazy Taxi for the PS2

is exactly like the Dreamcast version, but considering the fact the original

was released over a year ago, the PS2 feels a good deal worse.

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 PS2 still comes with the two San Francisco 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.

The graphics are much like the Dreamcast version, though someone cranked up

the contrast. And 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 PS2 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

overflow of product placement in the game.

Some of the voices have been changed for the Playstation 2 and it has definitely

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

once was none. Oh, my poor virgin ears.

Crazy Taxi is a mediocre port of what can already be considered an

old Dreamcast game. But on the other hand, it’s a port of a good fun game, with

the ever-important gameplay still intact. Crazy Taxi on PS2 is still

a gut blow of fun.

Then again, Crazy Taxi DC is $20, and Crazy Taxi PS2 is $50!

I’d understand pricing it at $50 if they actually tried to add something to

the game or at least fix the problems, but $50 for the exact same game? The

cost-to-value ratio seems more than a mite off there, especially with the recent

release of Crazy Taxi 2.

If you really want to get loco, wait for the cab fare to drop.





REVOLUTION REPORT CARD

2.5
Rating
Still fun
Good 'ol Crazy Taxi!
Same 'ol Crazy Taxi!
Nothing new at all
Mediocre port job
$50!?