Crazy Taxi 2

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Crazy Taxi 2
Crazy Taxi 2 cover art.
Japanese Dreamcast cover art
Developer(s)Hitmaker
Publisher(s)Sega
Platform(s)Dreamcast
PlayStation Portable (Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars)
Release
  • NA: May 28, 2001
  • JP: May 31, 2001
  • EU: July 6, 2001
Genre(s)Racing, action
Mode(s)Single player

Crazy Taxi 2 is a 2001 racing video game and the second installment of the Crazy Taxi series. It was released for the Dreamcast and was later ported to the PSP as part of Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars in 2007. It is the last Crazy Taxi game to be released for the Dreamcast after it was discontinued on March 31, 2001.

Crazy Taxi 2 introduced several new features not found in the original, including two new cities, "Around Apple" and "Small Apple", both somewhat based on New York City. The new cities share four new drivers as default, bringing the total playable characters to eight but it started with 4 new characters.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay is very similar to the original Crazy Taxi, and centers around picking people up at destinations which are highlighted with colored rings, and dropping them off at stated destinations.

Unlike its predecessor, Crazy Taxi 2 allows the player to carry multiple passengers. The game also saw the introduction of the "Crazy Hop" feature, which allows the player to jump over certain surfaces to save time, as they ferry taxi passengers around the locations. By performing moves such as the "Crazy Hop" and the "Crazy Dash", the driver accumulates tips from their passengers, which increases the total score.

Each customer will have a different color appear above him or her with money sign according to the color. Green means long distance, yellow means mid range and red means short distance. The longer the distance, the more money the player can earn. There is a time limit when driving each customer to the destination. If the time limit expires before reaching the destination, the customer will jump out of the cab. The game has no restriction to players aside from a time limit, allowing players to drive as fast and as recklessly as they wish.

This sequel includes a modified soundtrack with rock bands The Offspring and Methods of Mayhem. The game also has some online modes in the form of a scoreboard, and replay-sharing. Also there are some unlockable items and maps which players need to beat in the mini games to unlock it.[1]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic82/100[2]
Review scores
PublicationScore
AllGame4.5/5 stars[3]
Edge8/10[4]
EGM8.33/10[5]
Famitsu35/40[6]
Game Informer8.75/10[7]
GamePro3/5 stars[8]
Game RevolutionB[9]
GameSpot8.6/10[10]
GameSpy8.5/10[11]
IGN8.8/10[12]
X-Play4/5 stars[13]
The Cincinnati Enquirer4/5 stars[14]
Maxim8/10[15]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[2]

Remake[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crazy Taxi 2 Cheats, Codes, Unlockables". IGN. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Crazy Taxi 2 for Dreamcast Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. ^ Nicholls, Shawn. "Crazy Taxi 2 - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  4. ^ Edge staff (July 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2". Edge (99).
  5. ^ EGM staff (August 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2". Electronic Gaming Monthly (146): 111.
  6. ^ "ドリームキャスト – CRAZY TAXI 2 (クレイジータクシー2)". Famitsu. 915: 46. 30 June 2006.
  7. ^ "Crazy Taxi 2". Game Informer (99). July 2001.
  8. ^ Major Mike (4 June 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2 Review for Dreamcast on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 12 February 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  9. ^ Gee, Brian (June 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  10. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (29 May 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  11. ^ digitaltaco (4 June 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2". PlanetDreamcast. Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  12. ^ Chau, Anthony (29 May 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2". IGN. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  13. ^ Urbanek, Andrew (29 June 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2 (DC) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on 8 August 2001. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  14. ^ Saltzman, Marc (11 June 2001). "Road rage rules in racing games". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  15. ^ Porter, Alex (29 May 2001). "Crazy Taxi 2". Maxim. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.

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