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  • Crazy Taxi (Sega Dreamcast)

    Going for the jump, from ‘Crazy Taxi’ on the Dreamcast.

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    Crazy Taxi was originally a Sega arcade game based on the Naomi architecture which was based on the Dreamcast making a Dreamcast port inevitable. Crazy Taxi was one of the most successful games on the Dreamcast selling over a million copies.

    The concept is pretty simple. You race around town picking up fares and dropping them at their destinations This, of course, must be done in a limited time frame. You get more tips for doing crazy stunts. The game play reminds me a little of a cross between Outrun and the old Commodore 64 game Space Taxi (though I like Space Taxi a lot better). The game is played from a 3rd person point of view somewhat similar to games like Outrun but in a more open ended environment.

    Crazy Taxi was released for the Dreamcast in early 2000. Because Sega abandoned the hardware market, the game was ultimately also ported to the PS2, Gamecube and PC. There have been a few sequels and a couple of spin-offs including the relatively recent Crazy Taxi Tycoon. However, this is more of a business management sim and not at all like the main games in the series. There hasn’t been a true sequel since Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller in 2002.

    If you want to play the original, it’s hard to beat the original Dreamcast version. However, the ports are ok too. It is definitely a fun game (even if it is not as fun as Space Taxi) as are the two sequels. Crazy Taxi also made it’s way to online services for the PS3 and Xbox 360. If you like this game, in addition to the two sequels, there is also The Simpson’s: Road Rage. This game is so similar that they were sued by Sega for patent infringement. It’s essentially the same game with a Simpsons theme.

    Images above are from the Sega Dreamcast version of the game. The last three came from Moby Games while the first one was taken from Tumblr.





  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (July 2001)

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    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 144 – July 2001

    For a long time, Electronic Gaming Monthly was the most popular video games magazine around. It was one of the better ones too. By 2001 they were probably already past their peak (at least in terms of page count) but there were a ton of systems to cover. The July 2001 issue includes:

    Features

      • Game Boy Advances – Here it is: The ultimate guide to Nintendo’s ultimate handheld. We do the usual stuff, such as review the launch games and preview everything else. But, whazzat? You say you wanna know which battery brand lasts longest? How much abuse the system can take? Which multiplayer games are worth getting? We answer all that and more…
      • EGM’s Summer Double-Feature Feature – The billion-buck movie and games bizes are colliding in a big way this summer, so we trekked to the sets of Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy to see if game flicks will finally be any good.
      • Driving Gran Turismo 3 – It seems like years since we first saw the early GT3 demos running, but now we’re ready to kick the tires and light the fires with the Japanese release. Wana know what’s new? Wondering what other card Polyphony shoehorned into the game at the last minute? We tell all this issue.
      • Crazy Taxi 2 – Ever get the urge to haul a carload of mimes across town? Then don’t bathe for a week, don your cabby cap, and take a look at this super Dreamcast sequel.
      • Twisted Metal: Black – The original creators of the franchise were tired of watching their brainchild go down the tubes, so they got the gang back together to right what was wrong. The end result? The sickest, most demented edition to the franchise ever.

    Departments

      • Editorial
      • Letters
      • Press Start / News – Sure, we have new shots of Rogue Squadron II for GameCube, but more importantly, we answer: Where’d Pac-Man come from? What’s with Harry Potter games? And, why in the heck is Syphon Filter 3 on PS1?
      • Gossip
      • Previews – It’s summer, so get ready for the deluge of blockbusters. Read all about Phantasy Star Online Ver.2, Twisted Metal: Black, Gran Turismo 3, Crazy Taxi 2, Shrek and Final Fantasy Chronicles. Also: old games made new: Crazy Taxi and Half-Life for PS2. And, oh yeah, Animal Forest for N64.
      • Review Crew – The world of PS2 is looking up with titles like Dark Cloud and Red Faction. Check out our reviews, as well as those of DC’s Pro Trucker, Confidential Mission and N64’s Dr. Mario 64, Mario Party 3.
      • Tricks
    • The Final Word – You’ve read the Advance feature, saw the previews and reviews. But what do we really think? Read our enlightening jibber-jabber to find out whether we think the Game Boy advanced enough.

    …and more!