Crazy Taxi Platinum (PS2)
- Drive a taxi and deliver fares around town for cash points
- Game is set in an accurate, yet comic, version of San Francisco
- Feel free to ignore traffic laws, pedestrian safety, and property damage
- Follow your own best way with no predetermined track or traditional boundaries
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: PlayStation
The arcade version of Crazy Taxi was a massive hit, with its high speed driving and pounding soundtrack. Sega ported it over to the Dreamcast where it sold by the bucket load, and now it's available for the PS2. And it's superb. The aim of the game is simple: drive a ludicrously fast taxi and make oodles of cash as quickly as possible.
Taking one of four drivers, each with their own skill set, the player needs to locate and pick up potential passengers, all of whom are identified by the appearance of a coloured dollar symbol above their head. From that point on it's a race against time through crowded streets to get the passenger to their destination while picking up healthy tips for speed on the way. Tips can be increased through the execution of stupidly dangerous stunts and the cunning use of the short cuts and back alleys the game offers.
There are three major modes of play, offering the cityscape of the arcade original, a world created especially for the console versions of the game, and the oddly named Crazy Box mode, which sets a number of challenges ranging from high-speed ski-jumps to water balloon popping--an interesting if slightly unusual addition.
Graphically, Crazy Taxi is a treat. Big, bold vehicles fairly rocket around the streets of the sprawling city, which has environments ranging from shopping malls to freeways and beaches. Everything shifts along at a fairly steady 60 fps and the only gripe is the pop-up at long distance, which is irritating but doesn't ultimately doesn't affect gameplay. Sound is excellent, with some thumping skate-punk tunes provided by the Offspring and friends and comedy backchat from the cab drivers and their passengers. Prolonged play may take the edge off this hilarity, but only time will tell.
What's sadly missing is any kind of multi-player facility. Crazy Taxi is strictly single player. This isn't really an issue (especially after closing time when the living room's packed with prospective Travis Bickles all patiently waiting a turn), but the ability for a two player Vs mode would have been the icing on the cake.
This game certainly isn't a Gran Turismo or a Formula 1 2001. There's not even a hint of simulation and the real world never gets a look-in. Instead, this is pure, blissful arcade entertainment.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you've got money burning a hole in your pocket, buy Crazy Taxi and burn rubber instead.
Basically the idea of the game is to drive around san franscio picking and dropping people off at genuine places like levis and KFC. Even though there is only 3 modes this is enough to keep you satisfied for a long time wether you be playing with mates or occuping your self for 1/2 an hour.
The vocies just make you laugh and you can even cycle around on a bike. (you have to push L1 and R1 together on the character selection screen 3 times). i give this game full markls it is a must and for only 15 quid. BARGAIN!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i love crazy taxi because you get to drive a car and crash all the time on the streets of san francisco. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2007 by for whom the bell tolls
In this game there are two modes. In the first mode, you just have to do a load of driving practice. It is quite hard and doesn't have a point. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2003