Review by IndiCube
"Don't try this at home...please"
Crazy Taxi was awesome in the arcades and on the Dreamcast, and the 'Cube continues the solid gameplay. Crazy Taxi is really worth considering, especially if you haven't played it before.
Playing Crazy Taxi is a breeze, even for the first time. The idea is to pick up people you see standing around trying to catch a cab, and take them to their desired destination. And you must do this the fastest way possible, and if that means driving through parks, on sidewalks, or through shopping malls, then so be it. There aren't any complications to this game at all, and if that's a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.
There are 4 different drivers you can take your pick from, each with there own taxi. Each taxi has there own style of turns and speeds, and each driver has their own attitude, which shows when you're driving. There's only 2 courses to choose from, which I find a bit disappointing, but at least the 2 that are there are very large and still offer a lot of variety.
The graphics in Crazy Taxi are really incredible, in fact, they're almost flawless. No pop up or fog really makes the game look great, but the speedy frame rate is my favorite part of the game's graphics.
The sound is really good too, with clear and humorous lines from the drivers and passengers, and the crash sound effects are quite nice. If you're an Offspring or Bad Religion fan you'll like the background music, and there isn't a way to turn it off.
Crazy Taxi is instantly playable thanks to it's easy controls. You use the gas and brake, and that's all in this game, and that's fine. Nice analog support gives you full control of your vehicle, and won't get frustrated with any part of the controls.
My only complaint about Crazy Taxi is that there isn't much to keep you coming back to it. After you've given everyone their rides and got good grades on the tracks with all the drivers, there's nothing left to do but do it again. There's no multi-player or any type of mode where you advance to the next level. There is however a sort of puzzle mode, where you must do different tasks with your cab to complete, which I found to be quite fun, and enhances the game's length a bit.
If you're looking for a game without a lot of complications and is just fun to pick up and play, there's no question that Crazy Taxi is right for you. Give it a try, you won't want to put the controller down.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/25/01, Updated 11/25/01
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