Review: Crazy Taxi

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I do believe I'll stick to my dreamcast version if they scrapped the old soundtrack. I still have fond memories of playing that game till I was frustrated beyond belief. Those trick courses were a pita.

On what grounds did they change the music? Ya ya ya ya ya at the start made it. I bought the album off the back of CT/CT2.

CrazyDave DC:
Wait... so is The Simpson's: Road Rage basically just a cheap rip-off of Crazy Taxi? If that's the case, I feel so used... :'(

Oh yeah! It was such a rip off that they were sued by Sega for copyright infringement. They settled out of court.

Omg I remember both the game and soundtrack.

Daystar Clarion:
That game is 10 years old? Jesus Christ I feel old now... That's CRAAAAAZY!

You and me both dude :<

Anyway, I saw the "this game feels 10 years old" coming a mile away - when I opened this up I was wondering "why is he reviewing that old thing" and the game graphics/setting didn't give me a clue it's new either.

I must have spent at least $100 on this in arcades in the past. And I think its important that I become the 1 bazillionth person to complain about the music being missing. That was probably the best part of the game.

Also the game was released on PC several years ago. Wasn't just the Dreamcast.

No Offspring? I'll stick to my PS2 version then thank you.

Its...not there...the Ya Ya YA YA Ya Track?

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No Offspring, no sale.

I honestly think that people who've never played Crazy Taxi have no reason to now, and nostalgic gamers will find the incomplete experience jarring.

No thanks.

Your Crazy Pitts, YA CRAZY (Good without the original soundtrack indeed) now keep still while I practice my stabbing, HERHAAAAAR!!!

When I first saw the review and that I could buy the game again my nostalgia engine was running at 200%. I was ready to buy it when I heard that my music was gone....GONE. My nostalgia engine overheated and become fanboy rage at 400%.

Dear John crazy taxi you have broken my heart, you will not have access to my bank account.

My first time playing this version, I actually paused and lost about 5 seconds at the beginning because I was waiting to hear "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!" as the starting gun.

Nice review but eh, can't see why I'd play that over some PS2 games, let alone more modern ones. Like NFS:U2. Sure, it's not a taxi game, but arcade driving, short cuts etc. This is the very reason I let my old games gather dust because they were good for the time.

Fensfield:
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That said, though, was anyone else disturbed, on reading the game's character backgrounds, to discover that the old dude had created the 'Crazy Style' school of driving and persuaded local government to make it legal? That's right, the reason the cops never come after you is because the license they show you after each round is real in the setting and legally allows the characters to drive like complete nutjobs.

That is just brilliant! I always wondered why no one arrested me after I nearly ran over half the city. Now if they could only explain the mechanics behind building a cab that never ever crashes or tips over.

Suzanne Allison:
My first time playing this version, I actually paused and lost about 5 seconds at the beginning because I was waiting to hear "Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!" as the starting gun.

Same. Thing. Happened. To me.

Crazy Taxi without The Offspring and Bad Religion or the incredibly blatant product placement just wouldn't feel like Crazy Taxi. While it would probably cost more I would much rather try to track down a copy of Crazy Taxi for the Gamecube and just play that on my Wii.

I still have this game. Along with Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Skies of Arcadia. These three titles alone, made the Dreamcast awesome.

This game is me stoned with friends plus dream cast at aged 15

I played this on the mac when I was 5....I feel old now.

Music alteration asside.

'How does this 10 year old game hold up against its modern counterparts?'

It bloody shouldn't, that's how!

Why do these games need to be reviewed?
They're old and not as good as modern games, because they ARE OLD.

You're not telling us anything we don't already know...

Rant over.

That review was just too crazy for me to take seriously.

I had too XD

Summary:
"This ten-year old game is still ten years old. It hasn't changed at all. I'm going to say crazy a lot because that's cool, right? Also, they changed the music, sadface."
No offence, Russ... But what was the point of this review?

Russ must really love his job...it's good to be the boss.

Wait wait, everyone always mentions Crazy Taxi for the DC, but what about the GameCube version? If you need your fix, it's there. Waiting on the Wii for you! (Assuming that you can find a GCN version at gamestop!)

Archemetis:
Music alteration asside.

'How does this 10 year old game hold up against its modern counterparts?'

It bloody shouldn't, that's how!

Why do these games need to be reviewed?
They're old and not as good as modern games, because they ARE OLD.

You're not telling us anything we don't already know...

Rant over.

Moon_Called:
Summary:
"This ten-year old game is still ten years old. It hasn't changed at all. I'm going to say crazy a lot because that's cool, right? Also, they changed the music, sadface."
No offence, Russ... But what was the point of this review?

The point of this review is that it just came out on Xbox Live Arcade. I'm sure anyone who played this game and loved it and doesn't still have a working Dreamcast and this game would be willing to pay for it again just because of the nostalgia factor. He does a great deal of people a big favor here by letting us know that one of the most important parts of this game isn't there. Old games do not equal bad games. Bad graphics do not equal bad games. These games were some of the best during their time and thats where nostalgia comes in. Point being, you didn't have to watch this review if you have already passed judgement on it. This review was not posted to change your view on a ten year old game, it was posted to inform people who might be interested in it.

They took the music out? Pssh, I'll continue playing this on the PC then XD

I've actually got it for the gamecube as well due to a Christmas present mistake.

Ahh, I love this game :D

Calderon0311:
Wait wait, everyone always mentions Crazy Taxi for the DC, but what about the GameCube version? If you need your fix, it's there. Waiting on the Wii for you! (Assuming that you can find a GCN version at gamestop!)

Yo! I got that :D

I used to love playing this in the arcades!

Also you said crazy 26 times.

I'm sorry, the video was a little vague, I thought.

What would be the best adjective to describe this game?

Jigokunokijin:

Archemetis:
Music alteration asside.

'How does this 10 year old game hold up against its modern counterparts?'

It bloody shouldn't, that's how!

Why do these games need to be reviewed?
They're old and not as good as modern games, because they ARE OLD.

You're not telling us anything we don't already know...

Rant over.

Moon_Called:
Summary:
"This ten-year old game is still ten years old. It hasn't changed at all. I'm going to say crazy a lot because that's cool, right? Also, they changed the music, sadface."
No offence, Russ... But what was the point of this review?

The point of this review is that it just came out on Xbox Live Arcade. I'm sure anyone who played this game and loved it and doesn't still have a working Dreamcast and this game would be willing to pay for it again just because of the nostalgia factor. He does a great deal of people a big favor here by letting us know that one of the most important parts of this game isn't there. Old games do not equal bad games. Bad graphics do not equal bad games. These games were some of the best during their time and thats where nostalgia comes in. Point being, you didn't have to watch this review if you have already passed judgement on it. This review was not posted to change your view on a ten year old game, it was posted to inform people who might be interested in it.

And who exactly would be interested in a game from 10 years ago, if not the people from 10 years ago who already know what it's like?

It just goes against my personal idea of what a review does, informs us of things we may not have seen yet to give us insight from a more 'professional angle'.

What this 'review' has done has taken something that the majority of people on this site have at least heard of and told what we already came to expect:

The soundtrack has changed for copyright reasons

The advertisement has changed, due to copyright reasons

It's a ten year old game, if it was better than modern driving games, then the developers were probably from the future and robots...

It just didn't need to be done.

i loved that game.

Moon_Called:
No offence, Russ... But what was the point of this review?

No offense taken.

The point of this review is to provide purchasing perspective for owners of modern consoles who may be wondering if this newly-released game is worth their dollars.

Anybody with an internet connection could figure out this is an old game, but I buy plenty of old games, as do a lot of gamers. Some are games that I played in the past and would like to play again, but no longer own (or own the systems they came out on). Some are old games I never got around to playing and am now considering purchasing at a bargain price just for hoots. In either case, having some idea of what I'd be in for would definitely be useful to me, as I hope it would be to our audience.

That's not even to mention newcomers to gaming who did not get the chance to enjoy these older games when they were first released. If they are looking at their "newly released" list on XBLA and PSN and seeing Crazy Taxi, they're definitely wondering if that game would be worth their ten dollars, and I'm happy to help them out with that decision.

As you'll note, this review is not based on the arcade, Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2 or PC version of Crazy Taxi. It's based on the version that was just released for XBLA. So, in essence, it is technically a review of a ten year old game, but it is also technically a review of a brand new game that has not been available in its current form until now. And those are the games we review.

We've had the arcade console version of this game in our basement for almost six years now and just last year the display started failing. I build computers so I've been trying really hard to fix it, but I think the video card is just dead. This makes me REALLY sad because this games is still just CRAZY fun when you use the console to drive it. However, if you're going to play it on the XBox console, or on a PC, or whatever, there's a Simpsons game for the original XBox that is just a ZILLION times better than any of the Crazy Taxi games. I forget what it's called but I'm sure there's plenty of people out there that know the game I'm talking about. If you're thinking of shelling out cash for the original Crazy Taxi on XBL you should probably just get the Simpsons version. It's just a better game all around.

Oh! I forgot to mention this in my post and I don't think Russ said anything in his review, but, the original Crazy Taxi is just CRAZY HARD. My father enters this Zen-like trance when he plays it and, (after six years of basement parties) he is still the best person I know at this game. That being said, he very rarely even gets the second highest rating on this game. The top three high scores are also STILL intact from the factory. Keep in mind, this is a game be bought from an arcade, too. Sorry to make a double post but I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this and, I think, it's a pretty important thing to note if you're gonna buy a game :)

Heh, the background noise of my local arcade was so high I barely noticed the music (if I remember right, Crazy Taxi was wedged between the Terminator 2 rail shooter and the mecha combat simulation Virtual On. So Arnie bellowing "Hasta la vista, baby!" on one side, and "ROUND 1--GET READY!" with blaring J-pop on the other.) Between that place and my teenaged love for heavy metal, it's a wonder I'm not deaf today.

$10 for a game where I get to drive recklessly and crazy isn't too bad a deal compared to $60 for a game where I get to drive recklessly, but also have to call my cousin and take him bowling and get into horrible cover-based shoot-outs.

I once found an arcade version of this in a hotel in France, which had two extra maps and three extra drivers on it.

Where did they come from? Why aren't they on my PS2 version? Did the original game have Give it All by Rise Against on it or is my memory lying to me again? What does grade 'S' mean? Why did I never have enough speed to jump that river in the middle and still make it to the rooftop on the other side?

I may have to start the game up again...

Your overuse of "crazy"...

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...is driving me crazy.

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