Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars PSP

  • Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Aug 7, 2007
Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
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  1. It’s a quick ‘n easy port of the arcade and Dreamcast games, which may be enough for fans who want Crazy Taxi on the go, but those of us not blinded by nostalgia will be frustrated by the game’s shortcomings caused by the choice of platform and the simple onset of time.
  2. Just remember to take your Crazy Taxi in small dosages or you might get a little indigestion.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    70
    The visuals are mostly bright and clear, although the occasional piece of disappearing scenery and some issues with pop-up dampen the fun. [Oct 2007, p.97]
  4. PSM Magazine
    70
    We enjoyed the series' addictively simple-yet-fun gameplay seven years ago, and we enjoy it just as much now. [Nov 2007, p.87]
  5. 70
    Whilst Crazy Taxi has a number of technical issues, they don't add up to anything more than a minor inconvenience to the majestic mayhem, especially with a second player along for the ride.
  6. Games Master UK
    69
    A basic arcade game that we've seen many times before but it still has a certain appeal. [Nov 2007, p.83]
  7. Like the various mini-games, these multiplayer modes are fun, but they have little lasting impact. In fact, the same could be said for the entire game. Due to the repetition of the gameplay, as well as the locations and the characters, it's best played in small doses.
  8. Fare Wars offers up the first two Dreamcast Crazy Taxi games on the PSP, though neither game has held up particularly well.
  9. Still a good time, but like all sparse arcade compilations, your mileage may vary.
  10. 60
    Ultimately, Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars is mostly a fan service to devotees of the series.
  11. No matter how shiny the car's wheels, no matter how diligently you clean out the ashtray and how often you wash the exterior, it's just a big lump of metal unless you've got the engine running smoothly, and Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars fails in that regard.
  12. Unfortunately, these new features don’t overcome the horrible driving controls, laughable braking, poor draw distances, and the complementary pop up. Only die hard fans of the Dreamcast series should give this game a look.
  13. 55
    Fare Wars would be a respectable conversion of the arcade and Dreamcast classics had the developers managed to keep the speed -- and thus, the excitement -- in the game. Now Crazy Taxi just feels slow and clunky, and all the minigames and extra cities to explore in the world can't fix that.
  14. If you've played Crazy Taxi and its sequels, then you've played this new version. It controls well, looks fine, sounds good...but it's Crazy Taxi, a game that is better off remembered instead of regurgitated.
  15. If you don't fondly remember the first wave of Crazy Taxi games, steer well clear of this. However, if you fancy a taste of some retro driving action, this may be worth a purchase, but approach with caution and low expectations or prepare for a shock.

Awards & Rankings

#30 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#38 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    9
    If you need any evidence of how awesome the power of the PSP could be, just take a look at Fare Wars, a collection of two complete DreamcastIf you need any evidence of how awesome the power of the PSP could be, just take a look at Fare Wars, a collection of two complete Dreamcast releases, all packed on one UMD with some extras just to spoil you even further.

    There is not much to say exactly about the Crazy Taxi games that haven't been said and they fit perfectly on the PSP, quick arcade session gameplay, try and make the most cash in 5 minutes, and then try again and again. Driving and cornering is as smooth as you can get and both games handle like their DC counterparts. Crazy Taxi has the best level design, but Crazy Taxi 2 adds in the boost feature that makes leaping over traffic a breeze, and making those huge jumps from freeway to freeway possible.

    It's hard to fault any Crazy Taxi game because the game play is just so good, but if your looking for representations of Tower Records, The Fila shop or KFC in the psp version, you will be looking for a long time, as those licenses expired years ago. Those iconic images are staples in the history of Crazy Taxi, but you can still have kick ass game sessions without them.

    Fare Wars is another PSP release that just keeps on giving, you might of played them before, but you cannot pass up playing them again, this time possibly in the back of a taxi yourself.
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  2. WallyB.
    Aug 19, 2007
    8
    Bout time Crazy Taxi showed up on the PSP - it's been on every other platform. Good port of the arcade/DC version.
  3. AndyG.
    Aug 16, 2007
    9
    A faithful rendition of the Arcade/Dreamcast classic. The addition of multiplayer and custom music player allows this version to really stand A faithful rendition of the Arcade/Dreamcast classic. The addition of multiplayer and custom music player allows this version to really stand out on its' own. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for arcade style racing on the PSP or anyone who is a fan of the original from back in the day. Full Review »