Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller
Sega Summer 2002--The Crazy Taxi Cab Company has opened a branch office in Sin City for this third installment of Sega's awesome driving series. Streak through the streets of Las Vegas in search of crazy money with four all-new drivers and cars. All you old-school cabbies will be excited to know that the original West Coast and Small Apple courses will also be present when Crazy Taxi debuts on Xbox.
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While Crazy Taxi 3 is as much a joy to play as was the original Crazy Taxi, this latest Xbox only version, just doesn't bring much more to the franchise. The biggest complaint I have against this latest version of Crazy Taxi is that the graphics simply don't live up to what Xboxers have come to expect from their console. They are by no means ugly, but the game looks too much like a port of an old Dreamcast game complete with the occasional jagged edge and poor texturing.
Sound too is not really up to snuff. The cities are filled with a general droning that doesn't real work in putting you in the game and the comments of your riders quickly get monotonous. I was also shocked to hear the familiar strains of Offspring playing on my cab's radio as I cruised the streets of Glitter Oasis. Couldn't they afford at least one Elvis track instead of relying on rehashed music from previous games?
Unfortunately, Crazy Taxi remains a single player game, something that Sega better fix if they have any future plans for this quickly fading one-time wonder.
Overall Crazy Taxi 3 is an enjoyable, albeit all too familiar, ride. This game doesn't offer enough to attract people who played the original or its sequel but is certainly worth a buy if you've never tried your hand at being a cabbie on the streets of Crazy Taxi or Crazy Taxi 2.
Most Dreamcast owners agree that one of the best times they had with Sega's late console was when they were tearin' up the streets of San Francisco in the original Crazy Taxi. They'll likely also tell you that Crazy Taxi 2 came up a little short. Enter High Roller. A Crazy Taxi "director's cut" of sorts, High Roller gives you the West Coast (San Francisco) and Small Apple (New York) areas from the first two games, plus an all-new Glitter Oasis (Las Vegas) level to learn inside and out. Outside of that and some new minigames, though, this game is basically the same one you may or may not have played before. The entire experience remains easy to pick up, difficult to master and satisfying for anyone who bothers to put some effort into doing so. Besides, Crazy Taxi3 just oozes so much cool with its awesome cars and sweet tunes, you gotta check it out at least once. Crazy Taxi fans couldn't ask for much more than this. After a slightly disappointing Dreamcast sequel, CT3 brings all the best aspects of the first two games together and packages them with a third city that's simply loads of fun to play. Streaking down the Las Vegas strip (or a reasonable facsimile) with eyes peeled for your next customer before you deliver your current one is what this game's all about. It sounds almost too simplistic to be fun, but once you've figured out all the crazy techniques (which the Crazy X mode forces you to do), you'll find yourself unable to put this game down until you earn the most cash possible in all three cities. And if you feel tike you're a Crazy Taxi master by that point, you get to beat the Crazy X challenges to prove it. Lemme tell you, these are harder than any group of minigames in the previous two titles, hands down. But if you complete them, the extras you'll get (no, we're not telling) are totally worth it. I might sound like I'm gushing about this game. And white I do think a few things could be done better, such as some easier Crazy X challenges at the start and some better-placed customers in certain parts of each city, I really can't complain too much. I guess if Crazy Taxi 3 lacks anything, it's a multiplayer game. This is the type of sit-down-and-play experience you wish you could do with a couple of buddies. At least Crazy Taxi 4 has something to shoot for.
I look at Crazy Taxi 3 in much the same way I look at something like Barry White's Greatest Hits CD. Both are packed with value, teeming with the hits of yesteryear and have new features tucked in for bonus fun. A good game doesn't go bad, and in the case of CT3, the tracks from the previous two games play even better thanks to the crazy moves that weren't available before. The huge new Vegas level rocks, and when you factor in the San Fran and NYC tracks, CT3 is what CTi should have been in the first place. I expected a little more out of CT on Xbox visually, but for anyone who's missed the Crazy Taxi thrill ride before, this is the one to own.
As soon as I heard that same ol' Offspring song blaring through my TV speakers, I knew I was in for a deja vu experience. The arcade gameplay, the goofy characters--nearly everything here is classic Crazy Taxi. For Xbox owners who've never played CT, having almost all the levels and a bunch of challenging minigames on one disc is a sweetheart of a deal. A person could burn a lot of hours trying to beat the entire enchilada. Old fans should be satisfied with the additions, as well. The new Glitter Oasis city is just as deep as the others, and exploring the West Coast with the ability to jump (a feature not in the first edition) adds a whole new dimension to the game.