Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars (known in Japan as Crazy Taxi: Double Punch) is a PSP game, which is a port of both Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2. There is also a multiplayer aspect which was not available in the games' predecessors. The game was developed by newly created Sniper Studios. Despite being a port, the original soundtrack (which contained songs by the bands Bad Religion and The Offspring has been removed), as well as many of the advertised stores that originally appeared in the original versions of the game but all original characters from the first two games have returned.
Features and changes
- The game allows custom soundtracks; MP3 files stored on the memory stick can be played in-game.
- The game is a port of Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2
- Multiplayer is possible via Ad-Hoc wireless. Multiplayer is also possible through game sharing, using only one copy of the game
- The game contains all the modes available in its Dreamcast predecessors.
- The ability to record your game footage; about 80 seconds of game footage is recordable and transferable
- The ability to steal passengers.
- An entirely new soundtrack that plays in both games and is not game-specific
- Passenger voice acting has been re-recorded, though some were recycled from the early versions (eg. customers calling "Taxi!").
- The names of real world franchises (eg. Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, etc.) have been removed and now only referred to generic places (eg. Pizza Parlor, Fried Chicken Shack, Fast Food Stop, etc.), but still retain their iconic designs. The primary reason to remove those names was to avoid lawsuits from copyrighted franchises since this port was developed by Sniper Studios, while Sega AM-3 (then known as Hitmaker for a while) who developed the early versions of Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2 in 1999 and 2001 respectively had permission from the franchises to use those names in the games.
- Most of the sound effects are completely different (ie. acceleration, braking, shifting gears, jumping, etc).
- Certain respectives between the driver and customers talking have been re-arranged.
- In the beta version of the game, almost all of the customer quotes from the early versions were re-recorded, including some extra sayings for when the player crashes hard into walls or heavy objects, one of them was "That hurt! Pay more attention now!" The extra quotations from customers for whenever the player crashes hard into walls or heavy objects were removed in the final version of the game for unknown reasons.
- This is the only game in the Crazy Taxi series to receive an E10+ rating. Previous games were rated T for profanity and violence (with the exception of Crazy Taxi: Catch a Ride which was rated E with minimal to no offensive material). Although this game is rated E10+, it still retains the profanity from the early games.
- The original teaser trailer for the Japanese version used artworks of the cast from their appearances in Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller, however this game is only a port of the Dreamcast version of Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2 that was released only for the Dreamcast, and Crazy Taxi 3: High Roller is not included since it was released only for the Xbox and arcades after the Dreamcast's discontinuation in 2001.