It's time to make some crazy money. Are you ready? Crazy Taxi 2 seems to be a last-gasp effort from Sega to appease angry owners of its disowned gaming machine. And though the cab-induced mayhem in this sequel is just as addictive as last year's Crazy Taxi, it's apparent that the game company wasn't out to create the deeper, more innovative game many were hoping for. The new aspects that were added to the game are certainly welcome however. The arcade-style game still revolves around picking up customers and transporting them to there requested destination within a time limit, but this time your driving skills will be tested on the gritty streets of New York. Sharp corners, large trucks, and extra long buses have replaced the wider, smoother ride of San Francisco. There's no denying that driving in the Big Apple is more difficult than traversing SF was in the first game, but it's a rewarding challenge. Beginners would be wise to start out on the Around Apple map, which allows you to drive on less crowded highways as you transport customers to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Crazy Taxi vets will be able to test their skills on the Little Apple map, which is a more condensed version of Manhattan, filled with 90-degree turns, small winding streets, and hideous traffic, much like the real deal. Since the Puppy is located in NYC, we couldn't wait to see Sega's rendering of our fair city. While some areas look familiar (the HMV in Herald Square, FAO Schwarz on the Upper East Side, the boathouse in Central Park), most of us agreed that the virtual city was far too neat and tidy to be an accurate representation. Where are the graffiti-covered buildings and the litter that decorates the sidewalks? Better yet, where the heck is Times Square? A crew of New York hipsters has replaced Axel, BD Joe and the rest: Iceman, Slash, Cinnamon, and Hot D. The characters are amusing in their own right, but in the mid
dle of a game, I was dying to hear BD Joe exclaim, "shut up, and move your butt" when a passenger started giving me lip. The passengers seem to be much more vocal than before. I'm not sure if that was a random enhancement or one that was implemented for authenticity, since New Yorkers are known for being unapologetically verbose. Whatever the reason, the customer's smarmy attitude simply made me chuckle as I weave through Midtown traffic. Another welcome addition to this game is that you can pick up a group of two to four people at one time. Even though it'll take a long time to drop each passenger off at a different location, it's worth it when the humongous fare and tip are added to your total. You can pick out the groups by the blue circle floating over their heads, in addition to which you'll see several cheerleaders, '70s-style groovsters, and rockabilly dudes frantically waving you down. The game play will be instantly familiar to anyone who has played Crazy Taxi before, which is good, but also disappointing. You can still perform the Crazy Dash, Crazy Start, and Crazy Drift in order to get to your destination quicker, but now you can execute a Crazy Hop as well. One touch of the 'Y' button and your cab, now equipped with otherworldly suspension, will leap yards into the air and, subsequently, over obstacles in your path. The Crazy Hop adds a pleasurable new dimension to the game. In fact, if you go back and play the original, you'll wonder how you managed to make it anywhere without it. It was disappointing to learn that was the only new manoeuvre. While I greatly appreciate the Hop, I was hoping for other creative car moves, such as the ability to eject irritating passengers from the back seat, or to transform into a floatation device, etc. My hopes for a multiplayer mode were dashed as well. While there is an Internet option, it only takes you to the official homepage. The Crazy Pyramid mode helps
ease the pain, offering a series of amusing mini-games. After you complete one row of the "pyramid," you can unlock maps, new modes of transport, and the characters from the first game. It seems like most of the developer's creative energy went into these mini-games, and they are truly an amusing challenge. One mini-game requires you to hit an oversized golf ball with your cab and make it fly at least 100 yards. The higher the rows in the pyramid, the harder the challenges, and the better the items you unlock. Definitely try to complete this mode. It'll hone your driving skills and make you want to play the game again and again. Graphically, the game looks much like its predecessor, with fewer pop-ups and slowdowns. However, they weren't eliminated entirely. If you look at the city's sidewalks, they are teeming with jaggies. If you look at them long enough, you may get a little dizzy. The controls have their irritating moments as well. It seems like all of the cars spin out way too often, and have a difficult time coming to a full stop. There were plenty of times I was at the destination, no longer moving, and the car's wheels had not come to a full stop. Usually, it was no big deal, but a few times it cost me a time bonus. But alas, these are mere quibbles. If you're like me and own a Dreamcast, don't hesitate picking up Crazy Taxi 2. Even if it doesn't offer the most innovative game play, you're still guaranteed hours of mayhem-filled fun. Tips: · If you Crazy Hop onto buildings, you may find yourself a nice little shortcut. · In the options menu, you can turn down the mind-numbing, repetitive sounds of The Offspring and Methods of Mayhem. · The more tricks you perform with multiple passengers in the car, the more tips you'll earn.
Crazy Taxi was an arcade classic which almost everyone one has played, whether it be on the DC, PS2 or in an arcade. It is everywhere and it is an arcade favourite. The basic idea of crazy taxi and crazy taxi 2 is to pick up a customer and take them to a required destination within a certain time. The faster you got the person to the destination the more money and time you will be given. These are the basic rules and you have to be quick in order to win. Crazy Taxi was a complete success and the music, characters and levels were all arcade classics. This game was ported from the arcade into the consoles exactly the same with extra levels and bonus fun games which increased the length of the game. Crazy Taxi 2 however is basically exactly the same as the predecessor, the layout is exactly the same. The only things that have changed in the game are the characters, levels and bonus stages. These have are a lot worse than they were in the original and they totally ruin the game atmospherically . Again you have 4 characters and they all have there own skills and different cabbies. The game is based in New York and you either have a small version or the large version, these could be classed as two levels. Like in the original you still have the crazy box feature which has little mini games which add a bit more fun and length to the game. The changes made from this and the original are very small. You can now jump by pressing one of the buttons. This feature really is bad because it just fails to add anything realistic to the game and just makes it worse than it already is. Also you can now pick up more than one customer at a time, this is a nice feature to the game but still doesn`t make up for all the bad ones.. The music is where I can say something positive a bout this game, the music which was on the first got a bit repetitive despite the fact they were all good songs. Now on the second they have added about 5 ex
tra tracks, most of these are by the offspring. This seems to go well with crazy taxi so its not a bad thing. You can choose which tracks are played so don`t worry if your not a big fan of the Offspring. The gameplay is identical to that of the first one in ways of driving and in general like most of the game it has not changed one bit. This game was a bit of a disappointment for me, being a die hard crazy taxi fan I was expecting a lot more from the second after such a big deal had been made about it. If you liked the original it would be best for you to rent this game before hand as you may be disappointed by the end result. Also for new buyers I suggest you either buy the original first or rent the second one out. In my honest opinion the original was 10 times better and you would be best to stay with the first This game was a big let down to sega fans and crazy taxi fans and it tried too hard to keep the original style with added features and it failed.
The original Crazy Taxi became the most played game in my house when I first got a dreamcast, we loved the fast action, fun characters, and the challenge was on to get the most passengers, and the most cash! I live in a house very close to my place of work, and colleagues regularly come round - Crazy Taxi quickly became our principle occupation! I was really excited when Crazy Taxi 2 was finally released, however I have not been as pleased with it as I could have been. There are some new features - such as the ability of the car to jump, two completely new places to drive around, and the possibility of picking up multiple passengers, but I think that more imagination could have gone into this on behalf of the makers. The gameplay is basically exactly the same, it has not got any more complex or challenging, except for the two possible driving locations. The 'Crazy Pyramid' feature is good, a whole new set of challenges to replace to former 'Crazy Box' option - and with this you have to complete each level of the pyramid to move onto the next, with the added incentive of rewards upon completion - city maps, and more excitingly, different vehicle options. This is one of the best parts I feel, that once you have reached a level of driving skill with a particular driver, you can then try a different vehicle, namely a pushbike pulling a 'people carrier', or pushing a pram in which your passengers ride! The game is much more challenging when you have mastered the crazy dash and crazy drift manouveres, leading to greater speeds, and more excitement! In all, a good game, definitely very playable, and the addictability is high - but I expected more.
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Ah, sequels. Some are absolutely rubbish, some milk out a series and some add to the original brilliance of the previous title, and thankfully Crazy Taxi is a game that more or less does the latter of those! Crazy Taxi set the scene and was quickly hailed as one of the most original Sega games of all time - arcade perfect conversion, and an extra city! Well, in Crazy Taxi 2, the graphics and music have been improved, four new cabbies have replaced the old ones and we've now got a New York kind of city to jump around in! The new feature Crazy Jump really does add a lot to the game, we've also got a whole new selection of Crazy box style challenges in the Crazy Pyramid. Crazy Taxi 2 is a superb game, which is well worth getting even if you had the original. It’s faster, has few faults and will keep you entertained for ages – and now you can pick up more than one passenger! Brilliant, I highly recommend. Great graphics – everything is really arcade-like, the control system is fantastically simple, nothing is so easy to pick up an play – a real classic in my view, it’s better than the first, the characters are better – nicer cars, more interesting passengers – including mimes and clowns! You’ll get used to their new remarks, the new landmarks and all sorts. Crazy Jump is brilliant – it was crazy before, now it’s hopping mad! Downside? It’s so much of a revelation, like the first game was, but still CT2 is a worthy buy – yes it is similar, but then Crazy Taxi 1 was one of the greatest games ever. Funky soundtrack, but still a little tedious and there is no simultaneous four-player action – we were promised it! Not even a two-player mode, but never mind. I would recommend this especially to players and fans of the original – it will show you how fantastic the idea is, how well Hit maker have translated it, and why it’ll sell bucket loads
on the PS2!! People have criticised it, saying it is nothing more than an add on, but if they had changed it drastically, it wouldn’t be Crazy Taxi anymore. Shame about it remaining 1 player though, but still get it!