Fans of The Offspring and Bad Religion can now enjoy some heart-pumping tunes while zooming along virtual avenues with the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack. This Sega-released racing video game features songs like “All I Want”, “Way Down the Line”, and “Change the World” by The Offspring, as well as “Ten 2010″, “Them and Us” and “Inner Logic” by Bad Religion.
Sega’s Crazy Taxi Soundtrack Still Sounds Great Outside The Arcade
Sega’s Crazy Taxi Soundtrack is a great supplement to a truly addictive multimedia racing interface. Converted from an arcade platform to work in Play Station 3 and Xbox 360, the original Dreamcast version of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack opens with a loud “Ya ya ya!” from The Offspring’s “All I Want”. From there, the player goes through a maze of passengers and destinations (led by a green arrow). The goal is to get to the designated drop off point (or stop zone) the quickest way possible. Through each level, the player is treated with punk rock tunes, as well as interesting exchanges between the characters (i.e., drivers Axel, B.D. Joe, Gena and Gus, and the passengers).
Several bus driving games, truck driving games and taxi driving games have been released in the market and Crazy Taxi follows the same driver-pedestrian-destination paradigm. It is a favorite amongst avid arcade gamers. It exercises hand-eye coordination and encourages the user to respond more quickly to conditions presented to them.
Sentiments are divided, however, when it comes to the newer release of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack. Crazy Taxi Game 2 has been stripped of the familiar branding that made the older version more engaging and relatable (e.g., KFC and Pizza Hut joints, Tower Records outlets, FILA sports stores, Levi’s boutiques, etc.). It also features more generic tunes. A number of gamers find that the first Dreamcast version of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack was key to setting the mood of the game. Some feel that the most recent modification to the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack does not really affect the general fun theme of Sega’s cyber racing module (especially since the current variation comes with a wider selection of driver avatars and taxi models).
According to Mr. Haruki Satomi, the Vice President of Sega’s Digital Business, the company hopes that the video game’s latest installment would spark the same kind of nostalgia Sonic Adventure did when it was released last year. This may prove to be quite a tall order since many of the gamers feel strongly about the first version of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack.
Sega’s Opinion On The Crazy Taxi Soundtrack
Sega has not made any comments about the new Crazy Taxi Soundtrack. However, all is not lost. Firm fans of the first release can download the contents of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack v1.0 and store it in their PS3 folders. From there, they can revise the game’s user settings and set it to play files derived from the older version of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack. Another option is to turn off the songs under ‘Settings’. Players can leave the game’s sound effects on while playing The Offspring and Bad Religion from a separate mp3/mp4 player. One can even download the contents of the original Crazy Taxi Soundtrack via iPod iTunes. This allows Sega video game fans to take the Crazy Taxi experience wherever they go.
The latest Crazy Taxi Soundtrack from the second version of the game for Microsoft Windows features singles from bands such as Pivit (“Fingercuffs” and “Middle Children”), Too Rude (“The Distance”) and Total Chaos (“Let It Roll” and “What You Gonna Do”). This rendition of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack sounds fairly all right (albeit standard). While this installment of the Crazy Taxi Soundtrack seem pales in comparison to its predecessor, it does not really take away from the game’s enjoyment factor.
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