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Crazy Taxi on steroids
Eighteen Wheeler (DC)
Eighteen Wheeler (DC)
Date: 29/08/01, updated on 06/09/01 (18 review reads)
Advantages: Graphics and arcade
A Taxi driving game seemed like a really boring idea, but then Sega had the idea and turned their madcap taxi title, called Crazy Taxi, into something quite brilliant. So, Hit Maker, the creators of Crazy Taxi (they're part of Sega) decided to take it one step further, adding 14 wheels to their main machine and release Eighteen Wheeler, American Pro trucker.
Why did they do this? Well, it was released in the arcades and naturally they wanted to bring it the home console market, get them as much money and respect as possible, but essentially it's a brilliant fun arcade game - you may have seen it taking up most of the space, there's one in Alton Towers, probably one in an arcade near you.
The game is far better in the arcades than on the console, but that's because the arcade was such a superb experience - a huge wheel, great graphics and great gameplay, similar to Crazy Taxi's style, but this time you have to choose one of 5 very large American juggernauts and deliver your load as quickly as possible.
You have an opponent to beat, traffic to manoeuvre around, and basically, it's just like Crazy Taxi. But it's not as great as Crazy Taxi. It's slower, heavier and won't last you as long, but anything from Hit maker is worth a look, so I'd recommend at least renting this.
The visuals are fantastic, the controls are good and the gameplay is great for a while, but you will complete the game within around an hour, which just doesn't bode well on the longevity stakes. There's not much to do once the game is completed, but it's a top-notch arcade game.
Overall, a 3 star game, you should get it if you find it for less than £15.
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