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   PlanetDreamcast | Features | E3 2001 Coverage | Crazy Taxi 2 Impressions

Crazy Taxi 2 Impressions
Are you ready to make some crazy money all over again? - by digitaltaco

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I, like most of you I'm sure, was a big Crazy Taxi fan. So it should come as no surprise to you that I was very excited to get my hands on Crazy Taxi 2 at E3 this year. And that is exactly what I did. The sequel will be very accessible to those who played the first game, and here's why:

Crazy Taxi 2 is a lot like the first game. Basically, the game has changed cities, added the ability to pick up multiple passengers, and added a "jump" feature. The game controls very similarly to the first game, or at least that's the way I felt after the short amount of time I spent with it. The new cities look great, but I'm not quite sure I like the deep, urban, city atmosphere as much as I liked the great mixture that came in the first game. Keep in mind though, that I wasn't allowed to spend too much time with the game. Another thing that I thought was strange was that the "jump" move is done with a simple press of the "Y" button. I guess I had just figured that it would be done with a series of commands like the older moves from Crazy Taxi. Whether or not I think this is a good or bad thing will have to wait until I get to play a bit more.

Fans of the music from the original game will be pleased to hear that it has returned in a very similar fashion in Crazy Taxi 2. Back are tracks from the OffSpring along with newcomers Methods of Mayhem. My favorite part of Crazy Taxi had to be the Crazy Box mode. I just can't get enough of that type of challenge-based gameplay. In fact, while playing the Crazy Box mode, my fingers actually came close to bleeding after many hours of play. But in true hardcore gamer fashion, I played on... Oh yes, I did, my friends. So, I'm glad to say that the Crazy Pyramid mode in Crazy Taxi 2 does a great job of offering even more crazy challenges to make your fingers bleed.

Overall, Crazy Taxi 2 has the potential to be a really great title. If you liked the first game, be prepared to fall in love all over again. I'll save the rest of my impressions for the PlanetDreamcast review that will be posted shortly after the game's release next week. Stay tuned, fellow cabbies...

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