|Posted by Killette on December 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM|
Back in the time when the general rule for arcades was 100 yen for 3 minutes, a man named Kenji Kanno had a vision. He envisioned a game that rewarded players for their skill and practice in the game. A game that is so addicting that with only 3 sequels it still has ports on every system in this generation, as well as the last. This game is Crazy Taxi, developed by Hitmaker and published by Sega.
This game originally was released in the arcades as a sit-down machine for the Sega Naomi board in 1999. In 2000 this game was ported to its first home console, the Sega Dreamcast. It the third best selling Dreamcast game in the United States and sold over a million copies and was a huge success being rated a 9.6/10 by IGN and 8.7/10 by Gamespot. An equally successful sequel came out called Crazy Taxi 2 that added new maps and new gameplay features such as the crazi hop.
The objective in the game is fairly simple, pick up passengers and follow the green arrow to take them to their destination. You then have to stop in the designated zone and your passenger hops out and pays you the fare you earned. While delivering your passengers you can raise how much you earn in fares by making huge jumps, barely missing other cars, etc. Also, if you deliver your customer quickly you earn bonus time to allow you to keep playing the game. In addition to the arcade mode, this game also offers many mini games that teach you how to be a better driver. These include drifting games, and even taxi bowling.
The soundtrack in the original arcade game, as well as the Dreamcast port include songs from popular bands from the time such as Bad Religion and The Offspring. This music was taken out of later ports because of royalties, and the ps3 and 360 download versions allow you to play music off your own hard drive. The original game was also full of advertisements. Passengers often have requests to go to places such as Pizza Hut, FILA, Kentucky Fried Chicken, or the Levi's Store. There are even vans that say WOW! on the side of them. These were also replaced by generic buildings in the future releases and rereleases of the game.
Overall this highly addictive game is highly recommended for anyone in the whole family. It's an awesome game that is easy for anybody to play yet takes a lot of time to memorize the maps and master the game. The great graphics, fast pace, and soundtrack make it an enjoyable gaming experience.