Top critical review
on 5 November 2009
Another title remembered fondly from the arcades recreated faithfully on the Dreamcast.
Crazy Taxi is actually a lot of fun, and is one of the first 3D "sandbox" city games.
Your objective is to pick up fares and get them to their destinations ASAP, usually by ignoring the rules of the road and taking the most direct route (even if it is over grass and through car parks!)
The emphasis is purely on fun, and not on driving simulation (would you really want a game driving a cab stuck in busy traffic ferrying businessmen to meetings or drunk people home from the bar?) but it makes it pick up and play.
You do have to get used to the Forward / Neutral / Reverse gearing, but once you get the hang you can use reverse as an additional brake.
The product placement from the arcade is present, so you can take people to KFC and Tower Records.
You have the option of playing the arcade version, where time counts down and is increased upon a successful fare, or you can play a timed mission to obtain the most money in so many minutes.
Soundwise, bands such as the Offspring provide addictive tunes. The passenger's comments can get a bit irritating after a while though.
The "Crazy Box" addition allows you to practice stunts, although some of these can be very annoying at first until you get the hand of it.
Overall another great addition to a Dreamcast collection. You may also want to consider Crazy Taxi 2, which is more of the same but set in a fictional New York-style setting.