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June 10 2007
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars - PSP Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
27/9/2007THQSegaSniper Studios1-2$79.95
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Yep, this is Crazy Taxi alright.
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32 seconds to reach the destination.

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Graphics are good, not great.
Popquiz hotshot. Who can remember what this site was called before Well for several years we were Dreamcast Australia and during those years we covered Sega's final, but some believe greatest, system - the Dreamcast. Indeed long after the Dreamcast had gone the Playstation 2 struggled to have as many quality titles. One of the best games on Sega's system, and one which we reviewed, was Crazy Taxi (in fact, you can read our archived review here). Sega haven't forgotten about this franchise either with the series now scheduled to hit the PSP in late June.

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Take me to the department store!
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars offers cabbies several single player modes including the mission-based Arcade mode, where skilled drivers earn time bonuses, and Time Trial mode where drivers collect the highest fares possible in the time allowed. Players can drive through the two original maps of Crazy Taxi, the arcade map and the original Dreamcast map, both inspired by the steep hills, trademark cable cars, and breezy waterfront of San Francisco. Then they’ll head for the Small Apple maps in Crazy Taxi 2, which is inspired by New York’s large building fronts, hectic downtown streets, and the city’s famous Central Park and subway system.

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars introduces new multiplayer modes for two cabbies to collaborate or compete wirelessly via Ad Hoc. Brand new multiplayer gameplay features provide endless entertainment, players can steal passengers from other cabbies by bumping their opponent’s car creating chaotic competition on the road! In addition, for cabbies to practice their crazy driving skills, two mini-game training modes are available. They include Crazy Box, a collection of 16 original Crazy Taxi mini-games and Crazy Pyramid, mini-games arranged in a pyramid that drivers must complete to unlock more mini-games from Crazy Taxi 2.

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Getting some massive air.
Drivers can also record and save gameplay replays of their driving performance in Crazy Taxi 2 on the PSP system's memory stick to replay and show off. One interesting thing about this game is that it is the first project from a new company called Sniper Studios. Founded in 2005 the company includes industry vetrans that have worked at Sega, Electronic Arts, Activision and 3DO among others.

It's pretty evident that the graphics have taken a decent hit going to the Playstation Portable - even when compared to the original Dreamcast version. The textures seem a lot more blurry and there are some obvious join lines in certain places. As long as the game moves smoothly though this is something we can live with. While originally scheduled for a release in late June Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars has now been shifted to late September - a date worth keeping an eye on.