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  • Awesome Music: If Crazy Taxi is usually remembered for one thing aside from its fast-paced hectic gameplay, it's the punk rock soundtrack found in each of the games, originally featuring The Offspring and Bad Religion, along with Tommy Lee, Brian Setzer, and Citizen Bird/Silverbullit. Most players consider it such a vital part of the gameplay to the point where where the ports have been widely criticized for not retaining the same music. In fact, "All I Want" by The Offspring is so popular and tightly associated with the game that it was made a playable song in CHUNITHM.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Passengers actually jump out of the taxi while it's still moving if the timer runs out. That on its own is pretty ridiculous, but it sky rockets to insane levels when you find out that one of the possible passengers you can pick up is a pregnant woman.
  • First Installment Wins: As is the case with Daytona USA, the first game is the most fondly remembered and has seen countless ports, while the second and third games were not nearly as well-received and has each been ported once (PSP and PC respectively).
  • Good Bad Bugs: If you slide into a wall at a parallel angle in the first game, your car will tilt onto 2 wheels, and you will rack up massive tip combos. Doing this is necessary to get the really big hauls.
  • Narm: The attempt to give Gus a deep voice outside the Arcade and Dreamcast versions sounds really forced.
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  • Porting Disaster: The Steam version, despite being able to run at higher resolutions than its previous retail PC version, it lacks proper analog controls for steering and pedals, and has a notorious optimization issue that causes the game to run poorly even on high-spec PCs on top of having the music and voice-overs changed.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Some reviews of the ports will find the gameplay not as fun as it was originally.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Think you know the map by heart? Turn off the guidance arrow and find out.
  • Sequelitis: The first game was immensely popular at the time of its release, becoming an All Stars title for the Dreamcast, and it seemed that Sega had another Cash Cow Franchise on their hands. Unfortunately for them, the series saw a quick decline in popularity with the release of each sequel.
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  • Song Association: Alright, who heard this song on the radio and was tempted to jump traffic? (Most, if not all, of The Offspring songs featured qualify.)
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Save for the GameCube and PS2 ports, the first game's iconic soundtrack has unfortunately never since survived its numerous re-releases, from the original PC port to the downloadable re-release in 2011. It finally returned in the 2012 iOS re-release. Soundtrack changes in other ports are just as criticized, and if a new game is announced without music from The Offspring playing, don't expect fans to be happy.
    • The voice acting for the original four cabbies, save Axel, was changed with the PS2 and GameCube ports of the first game, which carried onto the sequels. The recent re-releases of the first game are not spared of this change.
    • The mobile games for fans of the arcade racers for changing the game dynamics.
  • Widget Series: A colorful arcade racing series where you look for customers who are waiting on roofs or even underwater for a ride, and take them to their location as quickly as you can, while ignoring any and all traffic laws, doing crazy stunts that would otherwise kill everyone on board for a serious tip, all in famous U.S. cities while punk rock music blasts in the background. The sequels add all kinds of weird passengers, including aliens, and the Crazy Box/Pyramid/X minigames have you hitting golf balls and bowling pins, popping balloons and destroying UFOs.


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