Crazy Taxi goes loco on the PSN

PlayStation Store Update: Sega's crazy cab game hits download hub alongside 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures 2, Sky Fighters, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time HD; PSP store welcomes four.

Thanksgiving isn't until next week, but Sony is offering up its own cornucopia of virtual goods this week on the PlayStation Network.

Leading the pack is Dreamcast revival title Crazy Taxi ($15). The title has been updated with 720p HD visuals, leaderboards, and trophies. Like the original game, the rerelease features 16 minigames, as well as arcade and fresh game modes. It is the second Dreamcast title to catch a second wind, following September's Sonic Adventure.

Also dropping this week for the PlayStation 3 is 3D Ultra Mini Golf Adventures 2 ($10). The new installment packs in 54 holes to master that fall under three themes: Haunted Manor, Manic Museum, and Winter Wonderland. Players can also create their own courses and use wacky power-ups to thwart the putting endeavors of their opponents.

Crazy Taxi picks up fares again this week.

Taking to the skies this week is Sky Fighter ($10). From Creat Studios, the side-scrolling aerial combat game sees players controlling a fighter pilot in the Sky Fighter airborne squadron. The title's single-player experience tasks players with defending their country against an invading fleet by bombing enemy equipment and shooting down opposing birds. In multiplayer, players can hop into Wing mode, a cooperative game type where two players fight alongside each other. And for those with a competitive tilt, Sky Fighter also sports a Dogfight mode, where players can take on up to seven others in aerial battle.

The last PS3 title arriving this week is Prince of Persia: Sands of Time HD ($15). The PlayStation 2 title has been updated with high-definition graphics, 3D functionality, trophy support, and is now available on the PSN. Looking ahead, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Price of Persia: Two Thrones will be available beginning in December.

Switching to the PSP storefront, Sony added four new titles to its download space this week, the first of which is Peggle PSP ($10). A handheld version of PopCap's popular peg-busting title, the PSP version sports 55 levels, 75 challenges, and 10 magic powers to master.

Also arriving this week for the PSP is Disney Interactive's Split/Second ($40). A portable version of its console cousin, the title was developed by Sumo Digital. Like its console counterpart, Split/Second for the PSP is a racing title focused on three elements: racing fast, blowing things up, and using the environment advantageously.

For the football fanatic, Sony also added Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 ($30) to its download hub this week. Those looking to play the world's most popular sport on the go can pick up this year's version today from the PSN. Reworked animations and more intelligent AI are just two of PES 2011's new features.

The last title dropping into the PSP storefront this week is Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Predator ($30). Set in the Sri Lankan jungle, Predator follows a team of the elite soldiers known as Ghosts as they scout out the South Asian island in preparation for a US invasion. As in other Ghost Recon games, players will be equipped with a variety of prototype weaponry, including unmanned drones such as those featured in the 2006 hit Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. The game will also sport a co-op mode for up to four players via ad hoc mode and three players via the PlayStation Network.

Two PS One Import Classics hit the PSN this week, this first of which is Money Idol Exchanger ($6). The title tasks players with matching coins while "slightly sexy anime girls" cheer you on in the background. Developed by Face, the title sports its original Japanese text.

The other PS One Import Classic arriving this week is Arcade Hits: Sonic Wings Special ($6). A vertical side-scrolling title developed by Video System, the game features cameo appearances by characters from previous Sonic Wings titles, as well as secret characters that must be unlocked.

Sony welcomed two minis to the PSN this week, the first of which is Who's That Flying? ($6), a side-scrolling shooter that mixes in tower-defense elements. The other mini arriving this week was Jewel Keepers: Easter Island ($5). From Nordcurrent, the match-three title is set on the famed Easter Island and sports colorful visuals.

A full list of the week's deals and new PlayStation Store content, including themes, wallpapers, demos, discounts, and add-on content, is available on the PlayStation Blog.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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B-boy
B-boy

do jet grind radiooooooooooooooo

xbox360555
xbox360555

cool, another dreamcast(ish) port in PSN/Xboxlive

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'll pick up Crazy Taxi once I'm done with FF13 (still struggling with Adamantortoise). I'm still waiting with baited breath for Parasite Eve to pop onto the store. It is out on the Japanese one! *sigh* patience willow.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

I'll stick to my Dreamcast for crazy taxi, play it as it was always intended. But maybe they can use the profits to make a brand new cross platform sequel.

volume_three
volume_three

@nashxyzz Agreed. Still an awesome game but lacks the same 'feel' without the Offspring and Bad Religion.

nashxyzz
nashxyzz

I don't mind a port over of crazy taxi but WHY did SEGA change the song?

cal_bond
cal_bond

Man couldn't they have updated the graphics for Crazy Taxi? Same maps, gameplay would be fine, but PS1 graphics for $15 is a very hard sell. I would pay $5 for this, that's about it. Throw in some highres, HD textures and I'd gladly fork over $15. Too bad, Crazy Taxi is one of the *very* few videogames my wife will play. :(

WorldWar3434
WorldWar3434

@sirbobislost youngsexynerd probably means Vagrant Story is not available on the US/NA PSN store.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Crazy Taxi I love that game. not the greatest videogame ever. Had it for the Gamecube and still have it for Playstation 2. It is a fun game. Its dumb, full of gameplay glitches/bugs. But fun as hell. So it is now on the Playstation store. Worth downloading for a bit of Arcadey mindless gaming fun. It is one of those likable games. Crazy taxi didn't get the great reviews back in the day. But it is fun somehow.

warrner11
warrner11

HEY HEY HEY ITS TIME FOR CRAZY TAXI!!!!! jet grind radio and Skies of Arcadia next plz

Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

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Waranabatokwa

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Waranabatokwa
Waranabatokwa

is there some news about the PoP trilogy coming in bluray in Asia or is it a EU thing only? thanks in advance..

right4dead
right4dead

this game had really nice graphics for the time, and it was a blast

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@youngsexynerd vagrant story has been on the psn for months have a look

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

ill tell u wat needs to come to ps3! it is xenogears, suikoden 2, legend of dragoon, crono cross, legend of mana an vagrant story!!!!! an sony start selling sum of those ps2 jrpg classics on the psn to, im beggin u?? i look everywhere an i can never find jrpgs anymore only these recycled 1st person shooters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh an i loves me sum crazi taxi!!

IsmirZone
IsmirZone

I welcome anything related to the Dreamcast

Nemesis958
Nemesis958

"are the Prince of persia remakes coming to XBox Live?" Not gonna happen.

bb52700
bb52700

are the Prince of persia remakes coming to XBox Live?