It was a sad day when Sega announced that it was not going to make hardware anymore. Dreamcast owners mourned, maybe even cried. But as long as Sega continues to make games like Crazy Taxi
for other systems, I'll get over it.
There are three main modes of play in Crazy Taxi: Arcade, Original, and Crazy Box. The Arcade mode is a perfect duplicate of the very popular coin-op game. Your goal is simple. Pick up passengers and earn your fare by maneuvering them through the city to the places they want to be dropped off. In the process, you will need to perform 'Crazy Moves' to gain huge tips and drive your total score through the roof (well, if your convertible taxi had a roof!). This isn't easy, but very, very fun and very, very addictive.
Original Mode offers the exact same gameplay that made Crazy Taxi a top game at the arcades, but has an original course for you to explore. As in Arcade Mode, your may select from different modes of play: Play By Arcade Rules, or Work For 3, 5, or 10 Minutes. Your fares have different color indicators that determine how far you will have to drive them to score cash. So put the pedal to the metal and drop them off at officially licensed places like Pizza Hut, Levis, and KFC, just to name a few.
Crazy Box Mode is one of the most fun, yet frustrating, parts of the game. Here you have different missions that need to be completed in an insanely short amount of time. I literally wore my thumbs out trying some of the unlocked tracks and have yet to beat them (like the bowling alley, where you need to get seven strikes in a row with your taxi to win... 68/70, you dog!). The best part about Crazy Taxi is the replay value. Getting first place in the rankings of each track (as well as Arcade and Original) is very, very hard. Even though Crazy Taxi is a single player game, it's a game where you need to get your friends together and see who can rule the streets.