Can you believe that 22 years ago today, the world was introduced to Crazy Taxi, starting it’s life as an addictive arcade game, then paving its way on the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 and Gamecube as a hit title! Although developers Hitmaker dissolved in 2009, their game still acts as a big part of the arcade style of driving games, still being viewed as one of the best open world games out there.
Crazy Taxi was developed by Kenji Kanno who had developed a Jurassic Park video game and an attempted Tony Hawks rival Top Skater prior. His success with Crazy Taxi wasn’t predicted by Sega, who at the time thought that this title would be another that would be considered by fans as another simple family fun title to buy. Although, they were wrong with this and Crazy Taxi became one of Sega (at the time) better selling modern games. Kanno, went on to become a production lead in Sega and was part of the team who over-saw Sega Games, Dinosaur King, Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing and further Crazy Taxi games.
Crazy Taxi itself, was listed in Japan by Game Machine as being the most-successful arcade game of the year (1999). It was most likely this title that pushed Sega to develop this for the mainstream consoles at the time. The game averagely scored a review score of 7.5/10 on the first consoles it released on, and its overall sales where considered by Sega as “generally high”, selling over 4 Million Units across all platforms. This success prompted Sega to push the series further and release multiple sequels, but like many other titles that followed up with sequels, Crazy Taxi’s review scores begun to crash and ultimately Sega, put an end to producing any more new titles in 2009.
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