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November 23, 2010
Crazy Taxi - PS3 Review
Release Launch Price Publisher Developer Offline Players Online Players
18/11/2010$AU15.95SegaHitmaker (Original)
Sega Studios Shanghai
1None
Media HDD Space Resolution Move Controls Tilt Controls OFLC Rating
Network217MB720pNoNoG

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Crazy Taxi has been ported to the PS3.
Sega's announcement that they would be porting classic Dreamcast titles to the PS3 was something met with much excitement here at Futuregamez.net. We did, after all, start out being a Dreamcast based website. To get our hands on some of these classic was an opportunity to relive and revive some fond memories. The first outing though, Sonic Adventure, wasn't a glorious occasion with Sega failing to fix the camera issues which in the early days of 3D games were atrocious. Crazy Taxi though was a much more polished title on the Dreamcast, and promises a much better experience.

Gameplay in Crazy Taxi is simple, you task is to pick up passengers and drive them to their destination to collect the fare before the timer runs out. It really is that simple. R2 acts as the accelerator, L2 as the brake and circle and X as drive and reverse respectively. It's possible to perform speed boosts and power slides and for the most part the cars handle quite well. Our only annoyance is that, at times, the cars seem to get stuck when you're taking off; too much wheel spin, but annoying nonetheless.

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Getting some major air!
The game consists of a couple of modes - Arcade which replicates the arcade map with either arcade rules, or 3, 5 or 10 minutes of work. This release also includes an Original mode with an all-new map with, again, either arcade rules of 3, 5 or 10 minute game times. Finally we have the Crazy Box which is a series of challenges to complete which may include jumping the taxi a certain distance, knocking over massive bowling pins or similar events to push your skills. These are pretty damn tough too so be prepared.

Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions Sega has had to replace much of the official branding within the game with generic shops. So instead of KFC you'll have "Fried Chicken Shack" or instead of Levi's it will be a rather generic "Clothing Store". While it never affects the gameplay, it's disappointing nonetheless.

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The bowling mini-game in the Crazy Box.
As you can see from the surrounding screenshots Crazy Taxi is a decent game to look at and indeed the port to PS3 is more than acceptable. The game runs fairly smoothly but, as expected for a port of a decade old game, the texturing is pretty average compared to today's titles. We must point out that unlike Sonic Adventure Sega has modified the video in this game to fill a Widescreen TV.

One aspect of Crazy Taxi that hasn't been ported to the PS3 is the music from Bad Religion and The Offspring and that's a major shame as the music gave the game much of its vibe. Apparently the original licensing didn't allow the music to be included, but Sega didn't see fit to re-license it for this port. Having said that the replacement music, while rather generic, has a similar tone and picks up the games audio. Effects in the game are pretty simplistic, and the dialogue too isn't anything to write home about.

We have to say that we much preferred the port of Crazy Taxi over Sega's recent Sonic Adventure. It's a fun game in short doses, and while it's probably still not a game we would recommend to those who never played the original (and, in fact, you can see our Dreamcast review here), those looking for a nostalgic trip should find some fun here. Now Sega, bring us some classics that may hold up better today including Skies of Arcadia, Chu Chu Rocket (with online play) and Jet Set Radio and we'll be extremely happy...

Review By: Dave Warner

GRAPHICSChanged to fill widescreen TV's, the game has aged, but the port is decent.
75%
SOUNDGone is music from The Offspring and Bad Religion which were the best aspects of the original release.
59%
GAMEPLAYIt's definately an arcade game, and generally quite entertaining.
73%
VALUEAt $AU15.95 this isn't as cheap as we hoped, but it's a fun title.
60%
OVERALLCrazy Taxi is a fun arcade game given a decent port to the PS3. If you're looking to relive some fun then this port should do the job.
65%

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