Published on November 20th, 2010 | by G. Bargas, Managing Editor
Review: Crazy Taxi HD
Reviewer’s Note: This game was reviewed on the PlayStation 3.
Games often provide us with an experience that is unexplainable. Most of us will never know what its like to be the star quarterback for an NFL team, or get the chance to explore space on a vessel overrun by zombie alien humans in real life. At least there is one title that provides us with that good old fashion all American job experience, the taxi driver. Crazy Taxi HD brings us back to our arcade roots and reminds us what its like to make some “crazy money!”
Driving civilians around a town with more obstacles than a circus can offer some great fun. Crazy Taxi is all about picking up new riders with varying time limits in order to get them to their destination in a timely manner. In timely, I mean hopping over cable cars on steep hills, driving under water, and taking out the occasional pedestrian. Performing multiples of these combos ups the ante for your passenger and deals out a better score. All of this while jamming out to some newly introduced punk rock tunes.
The game also offers some other playable modes along with the regular Arcade pick ups. ‘Crazy Box’ is a feature that allows players to knock out some challenges that involve in game maneuvers. This is a feature that is not new, but does allow for some added gameplay.
Using Crash Dash to do the longest jump or simply knock down some giant bowling pins can be fun. This is another way players can get a better feel for the game and shave some extra time off those drastic turns into busses and on coming traffic. The Crash Dash and the Powerslide are just some of the tools you will use in game.
Some other great in game things about Crazy Taxi, was the great original soundtrack. Although times have changed and bands may not wanted to be included, it does seem like it would have been a must for this release. ‘The Offspring-All I Want,’ was great song that was included in the original, but we will have to settle for some other miscellaneous punked out tunes in this remake. It almost seemed like a let down for this meaningful release.
One of the most important things that you will find in a game and become familiar with is of course, the controls. This was one thing that I found difficult to become acquainted with. Although the game does offer both A and B button layouts, it seems like in this day and age, there should have been a customizable option. The button layout does shine when making the crash dash, which is simply putting the car in reverse, letting off the gas, then into drive and hitting the accelerator. Stopping for customers using the break and then backing up can become an almost frustrating chore.
Crazy Taxi HD is still a fun experience. There were some things from the original that were included, but the control scheme is one thing that suffered from creating a great remake. The graphics are a plus, but unfortunately in this day and age, it might not be enough for some players. The game brings us back to a more simpler time of arcade mayhem and still throws up a nice challenge. The PSN U.S. 9.99/Xbox LIVE 800 MS Point price tag may be a little hefty for those who might want to just go and buy a copy of Crazy Taxi for PS2/Xbox/Dreamcast.
*Crazy Taxi is already on the PSN and releases on Xbox LIVE Nov. 24.
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+Original codes still work
-Physics the same