Crazy Taxi (GameCube, PlayStation 2)
Acclaim Studios Cheltenham
Crazy Taxi for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 serves as one of Sega's first games as a third-party publisher, with the port externally handled by Acclaim. This port is notable for eschewing the original voices found on the arcade and Dreamcast releases in favor of using voices from Crazy Taxi 2, a change that would carry over for every subsequent Crazy Taxi game containing the original character roster.
Unused Warning Text
Hidden in the PS2's version's executable is a warning concerning that this game should not be sold or used outside of Japan, a leftover presumably from the arcade version.
WARNING THIS GAME IS TO BE USED ONLY IN JAPAN. EXPORT,SALES,DISTRIBUTION AND/OR OPERATION OUTSIDE THIS AREA MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAWS ON COPYRIGHTS AND/OR INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND SUBJECT THE VIOLATING PARTY TO LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.
Crazy Taxi's title screen differs slightly between the American and European releases compared to the Japanese release, with the copyright text modified to be a bit less verbose. This also demonstrates a problem with how the game renders, namely, its final output is 640x512 across all regions, despite the fact that the last 32 pixels on the bottom of the screen go unused in the American and Japanese releases.
Strangely enough, the Pause menu is slightly different, with the following (relatively minor) differences in place between the US and European builds compared to the Japanese build:
- The highlighted text in the US/EU releases is a yellow color not unlike the background of the main menu, while the highlighted text in the Japanese release is red, not unlike the color in the logo.
- All of the options in the menu are renamed, for whatever reason. For example, Resume is labeled as Exit in the Japanese release.
- Likewise, Restart becomes Retry and Quit becomes Menu.
- The dash separating the Vibration text and the actual setting for it is removed in the Japanese release.
The Crazy Taxi series
|PlayStation 2||Crazy Taxi|
|Game Boy Advance||Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride|