Thursday, November 04, 2010

10 video games that made my life gayer (#8): Crazy Taxi

It used to be the Holy Grail of every gamer I knew: the "arcade perfect" console game. Well, Sega's Crazy Taxi was the game that made me feel I had finally found that legendary chalice.

Was it a rather superficial affair, with a limited amount of replay value? Sure, you could argue that. Of course, it was addictive as all get-out, too, which helped draw things out a bit.

The point of this post isn't to make a case for Crazy Taxi being one of the greatest games ever made, though--hell, I don't even necessarily think it's a great game. It is a great port of an arcade game, though, and that was more than enough for me back in the day.

See also: all of the previous '10 video games that made my life gayer' posts


Bryan Ochalla said...

BTW, sorry this one kinda sucks. It seemed like a good idea when I originally came up with this list, but when I went to write it yesterday I just didn't have much to say about it! Oh, well, live and learn, I guess ;)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

That's sort of funny, about arcade-perfect being the pinnacle of gaming at one point. Now we kind of ache for the quarter munching glory days, what with all the terrible shovelware out there.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Did you come into gaming after that point, Justin? I swear, back in the NES and even SNES/Genesis days, that was the dream of every gamer I knew. That's why the NEO GEO was considered so amazing -- you could play arcade games at home! Today, you're right -- when we dream of arcade games, we dream about retro ones, not high-end ones :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I guess when I was younger I had no expectations for video games. I was just happy to play the hell out of them and have some fun. Funny how that works, isn't it?

Bryan Ochalla said...

'To have some fun' is the best reason of all to play games, IMO :)