Remember the Dreamcast? Sega's final console has a cult following, due largely to great games like Crazy Taxi, which was recently released as a downloadable game on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.
The game was designed with ridiculous physics, a feed-me-quarters gameplay mentality and a rocking soundtrack. This transferred well from arcades in 1999 to the Dreamcast in 2000, but now it doesn't stand up so well.
There's not really much to the setup or preparation of the game. Choose a driver and style of gameplay, and then you're straight into the game. As a taxi driver, you have the simple job of picking people up and getting them to their destinations on time, with the giant blinking countdown timer hovering over you indefinitely. Rinse, repeat.
Once you get a few minutes in, you can see why it amassed such a following a decade ago. The designers did a fantastic job of focusing more than anything on making the game fun.
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Once you figure out a few shortcuts and crank up the stereo to listen to the phenomenal soundtrack, you'll quickly see how easy it is to say "just one more fare" 10 or 15 times in a row.
Even with the fun factor, though, it's now 2011, and the game feels, looks and sounds dated. The soundtrack, although great for a game, takes you back a decade right away.
But if I got in my flux capacitor-equipped DeLorean and went back to 2001, the game would be exactly the same, so judging it based on today's standards wouldn't be fair. Because of that and the price, this type of racing game can't be beat.