Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars Updated Hands-On

We try to make some "crazy money" in Sega's compilation of the first two Crazy Taxi games.

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The original Crazy Taxi was a hit in the arcades as well as the Sega Dreamcast. Its fast-paced driving action, colorful personality, and memorable soundtrack courtesy of The Offspring were just a few of the things that made the game so addictive. The sequel wasn't quite as popular, but it added new twists to the formula and gave it a bit more depth. Now, Sega is taking both games, tossing in some ad hoc multiplayer, and releasing Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars for the PSP. We posted some impressions of the game earlier this year, and recently had a chance to play a more complete build of the game at Sony's recent press event in sunny San Diego.

Once you boot up Fare Wars, you're able to choose from the original Crazy Taxi, the sequel, or a host of new multiplayer options. We started off by playing a bit of the first game. One neat feature is that you can play the arcade version or the Dreamcast version, which has a different map layout. The available drivers will be familiar to anyone who played the original: Axel, B.D. Joe, Gena, and Gus. Once the game started, it was time to make some crazy money, though don't expect the original announcer; sadly, all the voice-overs have been redone. We quickly scooped up our first passenger and drove as quickly as possible down the big hill to her destination, which was marked by a large set of rings. Once we collected our fare, we threw it in reverse, picked up our next fare, and promptly wowed them by jumping ramps and weaving in and out of (and sometimes hitting) traffic. We kept this up for a couple more passengers before we ran out of time. It seems that the game is indeed still quite difficult.

For the most part, the games play just as we remember them. The controls are simple and the cars are responsive. However, it takes a lot of practice to get the timing of the boost down, and you'll spend a lot of time memorizing the location of fares and destinations. It was odd not hearing The Offspring as we tore through the city streets, but the band's omission isn't all bad news. You can play your own MP3 files while in the game, and there's a whole new soundtrack, as well.

Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars was originally slated to come out on June 26, but we were told at the event that the release date had slipped a bit and the game would now be coming out in late July. Expect a full review of the game then.

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Taegre, The music in the original (arcade) version of Crzy Taxi is taken from The Offspring's "Ixnay on the Hombre" album... scrapking, There are a number of PSP (PlayStation Portable) games that support custom tracks - two that immediately spring to mind are Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. I own both of the games above, so I can vouch for this personally, though /i am led to believe that there is a small handful of other games that support custom tracks also...

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I think this is going to be one of thoughts games that you play for a day or two and be sick of it.

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Does anybody knew the names of the Offspring songs that were in the first game? It just won't be Crazy Taxi without 90's music, but custom soundtracks should fix that. Anyway, this will definitely be a must-have. Still have the first game for the Dreamcast, but I lost the second and I sorely miss driving through New York with a taxi full of mimes.

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Brining back the Crazy Taxi monster! XxX

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yeah, one of my favorites for the dreamcast now comes to psp, and it seems you can still jump with the car, sweet!!

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One of the nice game coming to PSP, long live PLAYSTATION.

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Are you kidding? These are probably the 2 greatest driving games ever in terms of pure unadulterated fun. If they translate well it will be reaosn enough for anyone who does not have a PSP to pick one up.

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:D

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OH YEAH!! Finally Some Great New Games for the PSP! and not another Remake!

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Can't wait to buy this game! One of the summer's look-forward-to games!

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OH YEAH!!! I was the $#%@! when this game came out! Would love to play it on the go! Can't wait to get it! Still have it for the dreamcast! :P

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cant wait!

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i had this game for playstation 2 and this looks pretty cool....ill prob rent it first to test it out..i hope its online multiplayer!!:)

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this looks totally awesome. it sort of reminds me of that one simpsons game, which i assume was based off of crazy taxi games. that was way fun. and with the option to play your own mp3 tracks, this is a must-buy. :)

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Heh, I'm going to buy this game! :D

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Looks like fun

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In the Dreamcast version of Crazy Taxi you could play the original "Arcade" city or the Dreamcast-specific city, so that's not a new feature for this version. Also, the idea of putting cities from the first two games together isn't new either, that was done on Crazy Taxi 3 on the Xbox. As for being able to play your own MP3s in this game, it's a good thing and I'm surprised not to have seen it before. I'm even more surprised it's not a feature of the PSP system software, as it is on the Xbox 360 (where the system supports custom soundtracks so every game supports them, without exception).

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i like the though of being to play my MP3's while playing this game, i have always wanted to do that in other games!!!!!!

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Sounds awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Crazy Taxi was a fun enough game, I had it for the Gamecube. So this kinda a dumb game but it will be alright for the PSP.

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