Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars PSP Review - 06/09/2007

After appearing on Sega consoles, arcade machines and even on the PC, Sega’s cult classic, Crazy Taxi, appears on Sony’s handheld.

Anyone hoping for a whole new experience will be disappointed, as Crazy Taxi Fare Wars is just a game which packages together the likes of Crazy Taxi 1 & 2.

The objective in the game is to pick up passengers in your taxi and drop them off at their desired location as fast as possible. In both CT 1 & 2 you can choose your character, but this is purely for cosmetic purposes as each character and indeed their taxis only differ in appearance whereas their performance remains the same.

Your fares are depicted on screen by a little dollar sign over their heads. This sign differs in colour from green to red displaying the amount of money that specific fare will give you (green being the most and red the least). Once you pick up a fare the race is indeed on as you try to get to the destination as quickly as possible as this will increase the amount of money you receive. The best way to get there is to follow the onscreen arrow, but it can sometimes lead you astray so learning the map would be a better solution in my opinion. Along the way you can up your fare by performing crazy stunts like jumping off ramps, roofs and the like (in CT 2 you are aided by the existence of a jump button mapped to triangle) and by driving in oncoming traffic.

There are a few different modes, bigger and smaller versions of the city, or you could choose whether to drive on a time limit (the normal mode, your time increases for each fare you pick up and drop off) or by the number of fares you want to do (a set number that you have to complete for the level to end, with your objective being to make as much money as possible). There is also the inclusion of mini games in this handheld version which range from doing a long ski-jump in your taxi or trying to get 5 fares to their destination on time. These are mainly fun and provide a good distraction from the normal game.

But, even with the inclusion of mini games and the fact that you have CT 1 & 2 to play around with, this game lacks variety. There is hardly any difference between the two versions of the game (besides the aforementioned jump button in CT 2), even the mini games in both are very similar. Although they are set in different cities it doesn’t take long before the game becomes tedious. You do have the option to play your own mp3s off your memory stick in game which should make driving around more fun but again, this gadget is nothing but a short lived distraction.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a decent game that can be fun but it doesn’t have a long lasting appeal and there is hardly any reason to come back for more…

Overall, if you are a great fan of the series, you will love this and it is probably a must have. If you are looking for a fun game to play for a while as you wait for another game to come out then this is worth a look in. But if you are looking for a game with long lasting appeal, this is not one I'd recommend as although fun, it can quickly become boring and will not keep you entertained for long.

- Alex Goodenough



Sniper Studios