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Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
Developer: Acclaim Studios Cheltenham
Style(s): Mission-Based Racing
Synopsis: Crazy Taxi was an arcade hit in 1999 and the 2000 Dreamcast port became one of the most universally popular titles on the system. The outrageous driving action now comes to the GameCube with this launch release, complete with all the quirky drivers, caricatured customers, twisting city streets, challenging traffic patterns, cartoon-styled physics, and shameless product placement that brought success to earlier versions of the title. The player takes the role of one of four San Francisco cabbies, each with different skills and abilities. Potential customers are distinguished on the crowded city sidewalks by colored dollar signs that appear above their heads. The player has complete freedom in choosing which fares to pick up and the quickest route to the destinations they desire. By confronting the player with realistic traffic patterns, the game presents a challenge that is familiar to nearly anyone who has driven a car down an actual city street, yet the comic environment and exaggerated physics allow a sense freedom and excitement that is only possible in the virtual reality of a next-generation video game. Players are continuously challenged to gain higher and higher scores as they learn shortcuts to popular destinations and develop driving tricks to push their vehicles to the limit. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide
Package Contents: Precautions Booklet
Basic documentation offering a quick reference guide for play control options and the various car and character choices. ~ Chris Holoka, All Game Guide
Crazy Taxi has been around the block a time or two and is starting to show signs of aging. Frustratingly, Acclaim has made no graphical improvements from the Dreamcast version. ~ Chris Holoka, All Game Guide
The life of a cabbie isn't easy, especially when earning tips means gunning through busy streets at breakneck speeds and taking every shortcut -- even those normally reserved for pedestrian traffic. Originally released on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, Crazy Taxi arrives on the Nintendo GameCube as a pixel-perfect port, which is mixed blessing considering how developer Acclaim neglected to take advantage of the GameCube's additional horsepower. Players can choose from four lead-footed drivers, each with distinct taxicabs and driving styles. The object of Crazy Taxi is beautifully simple: pick up passengers and drop them off at their chosen destination before time runs out. This immediate and addictive gameplay is what made Crazy Taxi an arcade classic, and while that translates well to the console format, it does keep the overall experience an abbreviated ride at best. Cabbies are limited to only two different tracks, or cities, to earn their wages. First is the highly polished Arcade track, which offers immense, carefully considered course design, straight from the original coin-op version. Second is the Dreamcast's Original track, a less impressive effort created exclusively for console systems. While each city is huge and stocked with plenty of locals, it isn't long before the lack of variety gives way to dull repetition. Also included is a series of nine "Crazy Box" mini-games that will help players improve their driving skills and add some much-needed variety. While basically fun, the replay value of these little side games hardly makes up for the lack of a multiplayer mode. Some of the games are so difficult that players will lose interest after only a few attempts. Crazy Taxi's soundtrack tears through about a half-dozen tunes by Offspring and Bad Religion, all perfectly suited for the frantic pace of the game. Acclaim neglected, however, to infuse the title with enough songs to keep them from growing monotonous. Sound effects and voice work are top shelf material, though the short game length means enduring the same voice-overs repeated ad nauseam during the course of a couple hours of play. Crazy Taxi is a fast-paced arcade classic that is easy to learn, deceptively difficult to master, and a blast to play. Its appearance on the GameCube is a welcome one, despite the lack of graphical enhancements, a multiplayer mode, or additional tracks (both in the musical and racecourse sense). In short, the game is ideal for players who have never sat behind Crazy Taxi's wheel. Veteran drivers, however, would do well to skip this fare. ~ Chris Holoka, All Game Guide
The open-ended and fast-paced gameplay means players will return to it often, though Crazy Taxi would have benefited from extra courses or a multiplayer mode. ~ Chris Holoka, All Game Guide
Blistering tunes from Offspring and Bad Religion perfectly set the mood, though things start to get repetitious quickly. ~ Chris Holoka, All Game Guide
The arcade-style action makes the game fun to play in short doses. ~ Chris Holoka, All Game Guide
the game requires Joystick/Gamepad.