Crazy Taxi Port Is Faithful But Wider

The revival of Dreamcast favorite Crazy Taxi on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network won't transform the game significantly.

I recently got the quickest of looks at a build of Crazy Taxi (Dreamcast Returns) at a Sega showcase event in Manhattan for upcoming games. It is a port of both the original 1999 arcade game and its 2000 Dreamcast successor. Both games had the player driving a taxi as fast as they could from one part of a city to another, trying to haul passengers swiftly and skillfully for maximum fares.

The old versions of the games will be released as a single downloadable game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall. They run in 720p now and, unlike the recent downloadable release of Sonic Adventure, the ported Crazy Taxi will run in widescreen. A spokesperson for the game said this is true widescreen, with a wider viewing area, not chopped graphics.

The arcade version of the game will be presented as its own map to supplement the Dreamcast content. The new release will also include Crazy Box, a series of challenges that were part of the home game.

The game sure looked like Crazy Taxi while I watched it being played, but I was short on time and could not test whether it in my own hands. Look for it later this fall.