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Crazy Taxi

Preview By: Roger Taylor

Developer:  Acclaim
Publisher:  Acclaim
Genre:  Driving
Est. Release:  11-18-01
Posted:  9-30-01

Crazy Taxi was a bit of a financial disappointment when released in the arcades. But thankfully there are a couple of guys over at Sega who realize a good game when they see one, and the title was ported to the Dreamcast shortly after the release of the system. The game met with rave reviews and strong sales numbers (for a Dreamcast game), and remains one of the most popular Dreamcast titles to this day.

Now GameCube owners will get a chance to see what all the fuss was about, as Crazy Taxi will launch with the console thanks to Acclaim Studios.

For those who never had the pleasure of playing Crazy Taxi, perhaps the best part of the game is that it is enjoyable the second you pick it up. The goal is to make as much money as you can in the given time. After picking one of four drivers, each with a different look and a different car, you are dropped into the middle of an enormous city which you completely free to explore, picking up whichever fares you want, and ignoring whichever you want. A passenger that wants to go a long way will pay you a great deal, while a short ride will obviously result in less money (you know how far the passenger wants to go before picking them up based on what color the arrow that points at them is). You can also earn extra money if you get them there quickly. But Crazy Taxi isn’t just about driving from point A to point B as fast as you can; it’s about showing the passenger (and yourself) a damn good time. Dodging in and out of lanes, narrowly avoiding cars and getting huge air all will result in the passenger giving you tips. It sounds simple, but the thrills last a surprisingly long time.

The GameCube version of the game will look more or less the same as its Dreamcast counterpart, with only some enhanced texture work here and there. No word on the sound yet, but we can only hope that the Offspring and Bad Religion soundtrack remains in tact. While there are only five songs, they complement the mood of the game perfectly.

Crazy Taxi should arrive in time for the November 18, 2001 launch of the GameCube.

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