To earn extra cash, try swerving around cars as quickly as possible without suffering a scratch or driving up the backs of semi-trucks to soar over traffic. . I was Crazy Dashing in ways this kid couldn't even comprehend and racking up Class S licenses like was giving 'em away. Only skilled cabbies need apply for Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, where drivers need to be more aggressive than ever to earn the big money by speeding fares to their destination, no matter what the obstacles. Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars is a repackaging of the original Crazy Taxi and its less-than-spectacular sequel, Crazy Taxi 2. The main meat of the game sees you driving around cities and taking passengers to their destination for money, which is tallied up at the end and compiled into a high score.
These cities are brimming with life — rammed with traffic and citizens jostling for attention with bright, bold colours everywhere. Crazy Taxi has the best level design, but Crazy Taxi 2 adds in the boost feature that makes leaping over traffic a breeze, and making those huge jumps from freeway to freeway possible. Once you get used to the controls and master the trick moves, you'll rediscover your addiction to this arcade classic. The only problem with Fare Wars is content. For everyone else, the new songs picked retain the upbeat rock feel and fit the tone of the game perfectly — personally I loved the new songs just as much as anything from the originals. The controls feel a little awkward at first.
Every port after Dreamcast got a lot of mixed reviews. The faster you go and the more crazy tricks you do along the way, the more money you'll win. The other element of the sound is music. The game has custom music support. Yep, the arcade game has finally arrived on the PlayStation 2.
Crazy Taxi was colorful, chaotic, frenzied, and fun. For those of you who didn't experience Crazy Taxi on the Dreamcast I will quickly fill you in on the story. There are no engines to tune, and only a few new cars and courses to unlock. And if you're playing by the arcade rules, you can use trick moves to earn time bonuses for speedy delivery. Players career around a 3-D cityscape, stopping near color-coded passengers. So you grab a fair then hurtle through the streets bouncing around, drifting around corners, avoiding fatal crashes as you race to their destination and the more hectic it gets the more points you gain.
And so the game becomes a mad dash to raise as much money as possible within the time limit. The graphics and controls are not cutting it in this day and age buy hey, that doesn't affect the game-play. Game play: Just right and highly addict. You're a taxy driver, you can break the law, what you want more? See, fares range from close, easy jaunts they'll be people with red icons to long, difficult journeys look for green icons. But after playing it a while, doing the same pointless missions over and over again bores you to death. The city is scattered with jumps and in Crazy Taxi 2 there are even hydraulic jumps.
I beat this boy senseless. The cities themselves are the starring part of the presentation though, crammed with details that really make them feel alive. Zoom around the city, pick up customers, make mad money. Developers, Sniper, have done a good job of shrinking Crazy Taxi to the handheld realm. Graphics are not so well, too. When the timer expires, drivers are scored for the fares they collected and rated on their overall performance.
There's only one new move introduced in Crazy Taxi 2, but it's a good one. There is a new soundtrack, and it's not bad at all, but you can customize this game with your favorite tracks. But you can learn awesome trick moves using reverse and drive shift combos to give yourself a burst of speed when you need it most. In addition, you can practice your crazy driving skills or play the two mini-games. Hitting the Triangle button will execute a Crazy Hop -- a move that sends you soaring over oncoming traffic and earns you extra cash.
Downgrades obviously had to be made due to the tech they were running on, but most everything has stayed in tact making a very good-looking package. Picking up a green fare with 12 seconds until game over might not be the best move. You get paid each time you successfully get your customer to his or her destination on time. Then they'll head for the Small Apple maps in Crazy Taxi 2, which is inspired by New York's large building fronts, hectic downtown streets, and the city's famous Central Park and subway system. Grafics are good but not for a game like that. You can steal passengers from other cabbies by bumping your opponent's car creating chaotic competition on the road! One evening, we were hanging out with some friends in my basement when he blew the dust off of Crazy Taxi and started talking trash about how awesome he was at the game.
It sounds and is easy to get into, but once you get the hang of adjusting your air freshener and slamming into walls to facilitate turns, you'll start to master the tip-grabbing methods and your own personal route. There is no denying the original is a classic. There are only two different places that you can drive around and the gam. Out of habit from playing so many other racing games, I kept holding down the brake to reverse, and that takes away valuable time. Both of these modes feature mini-games that help you hone your driving skills. If you want to get better at the trick moves, check out Crazy Box or Crazy Pyramid.
However, this is what it is, and I admit there is still plenty of fun to be had. But don't expect to master any of these moves without consulting the guidebook. You can try to beat your last high score or challenge a friend to a little one-on-one to kick things up a notch. In this mode, you can steal your opponent's passengers by bumping their car. Other than new characters and tracks, both versions of the game are pretty similar. It was popular in the arcades and on the home system that still is dear to my heart, the Dreamcast. Anyway, back in our high school days, Adam and I were in love with a little machine called the PlayStation 2.